I would like to tell you that I had the patience to make that cross-stitched panel myself - but there is no way I would ever have the patience. So I would just like to thank the person who did it for me, and then the person who put it up on Ebay and letting me have it for £2.99. I still cannot believe my luck.
The back fabric was also a second-hand purchase - a piece of fabric from Japan - most properly from Etsy. I have had it for a while, and I always knew I was going to make a cushion, it just took me a really long time to get there.
So here is a quick tutorial to show you a very lazy way to make a cushion.
1. Find a matching fabric for your panel and cut it to size.
2. With a second-hand cross-stitching panel, you will have to be aware of the weaker points of the panel. Mine had been stitched before and the corner suffered a bit as a result.
3. Pin the panel to the back fabric - mark the opening you are going to leave to turn the cushion the right way round. And stitched with a narrow stitch length (I used 1.6 on my machine).
4. Once stitched around, snip off the corners.
5. Turn the cushion cover the right way round - and pull the corner - I use the help of a pin to make the process easier.
6. Fill the cushion with some soft toy filling, and sew the opening by hand.
7. Et voila! A brand new cushion
Clearly the hardest bit is to find a cross-stitched panel, but it is worth looking for one. It makes a really unique cushion for your sofa!
What would you have done with a cross-stitched panel?