I am always on the lookout for treasures.  When I find someone’s beautiful handiwork, that has been forgotten or has never had a chance to shine, I am so delighted to give it a moment!

Tapestry Cushion Covers

These gorgeous tapestries had never been framed when I came across them. The pretty pink floral one was pre-stitched, waiting to be filled with background stitch.  But I felt the textured weave of the canvas looked good as it was, and so made it up into a cushion cover that way

How I made the Tapestry Cushion Covers:

I used a yellow and white dishcloth as a backing for the lemon tapestry.  It matched the colours well and was easy to work with. I inserted a zip in the dishcloth backing and then stitched the 4 sides of the cover together.

With the pink canvas rose one, there was enough canvas to make the back of the cover too.  I had to do a bit of patchwork to make it fit – cutting some canvas from the sides, and adding it to the top and the bottom pieces. I then folded the canvas and inserted a zip in the join at the back, before stitching the side seams.

This is not the first time I’ve done this.  I have reclaimed many tapestries and handwork pieces as cushion covers and bags too.

Do you remember the tapestry bird in the cage? And the house cushions and bags?

The textured symmetrical weave of the tapestry

contrasts with the smooth sophistication

of the embroidered roses

So, when you next come across a beautiful, unused and perhaps sentimental piece of handcraft, consider using it to fill the blank canvas that cushions are in our decor schemes.