Anchor print cushion

Even the most accomplished stitcher will be inspired by this design, as not only do you hand-dye the fabric, you print your own hand-cut motif, then finish it with DIY clay buttons – a triple craft treat, if you will. Each of the processes are thoroughly explained below, but you could just as easily attempt one of the three, and substitute with shopbought alternatives whilst you learn the ropes. The anchor shape is provided as a template for those who’d rather not draw their own, and it can be reduced to create a smaller stencil or even enlarged for coordinating wall art. We chose this design specifically as it’s such an eternal motif, lending itself effortlessly to fashion, jewellery and interiors, and one that never sinks out of favour.

You’ll need

    *Dylon white fabric paint (no12)

    *Bahama blue hand dye

    *Stencil brush

    *A4 Vinyl document sleeve

    *Scalpel and cutting mat

    *Heavy weight white linen, 2m

    *Sewing kit

    *Toy stuffing

    *White bobble trim, 1.5m

    *10mm dark turquoise velvet

    *ribbon, 1.5m

    *40mm pale turquoise organza

    *ribbon, 1.5m

    *20mm round cutter

    *White Fimo

    *18mm Poppers, 5

    *White lining fabric, 2m

    1. Wash and dye the linen pale turquoise according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Dry and press. Cut out a 36cm x 61cm front panel, then two 25cm x 61cm back panels.

    2. Use the template to trace an anchor on a vinyl sleeve. Carefully cut out the shape, and put the circle piece to one side.

    3. Mark out the centre point on the fabric, then pour a little white fabric paint onto a wad of tissue. Lay the stencil on the fabric and reposition the cut out circle with a piece of folded tape. Dab the tissue onto the stencil, then do the same either side of this initial anchor. Once dry, fix the paint with a hot iron.

    4. Cut two 61cm lengths of velvet ribbon and pin and machine stitch it either side of the cushion. On top of this, sew on the organza ribbon in matching thread, then add the decorative white bobble trim.

    5. Take a small metal or plastic anchor charm and use it to make a mould from the Fimo. Bake the mould according to the manufacturer’s instructions and make five anchor shapes using the same mould. Trim the anchors with a 20mm round cutter, add two holes with a cocktail stick, then bake the clay.

    6. Fold and press a 2cm hem twice on each of the back panels. Pin and machine stitch the hems. Lay the three panels of the cushion together, right sides facing inwards. Pin and hand tack if necessary then machine stitch in matching thread.

    7. Mark out five equal points on the cushion for the poppers. Sew the poppers on and carefully sew the Fimo anchor buttons on the top of each popper.

    8. Using the white lining fabric, trim two 36cm x 61cm rectangles, pin and stitch the pieces together, remembering to leave a gap. Turn the cushion inner right side out, then fill with toy stuffing. Stitch up the gap neatly and place inside the cushion cover.