Sunday, 6 March 2016

Spring bedroom makeover

think it's safe to say our bedroom was looking a bit 'tired'. Our bed had seen us through the infancy and sleepless nights of both children, the bedding we got as a wedding present was looking more grey than white and the cushions (my first ever sewing machine project) were definitely ready for an update.

After a week of complex logistics - collecting the new bed, dismantling the old bed, freecycling it, building the new bed and having the new mattress delivered - it was on to the fun part. Making new cushion covers and a bed runner.

I already had some beautiful Liberty fabric in my stash I'd been keeping for a summer tea dress, but decided to sacrifice the dress for the pleasure of seeing it every day on our bed. I found some complementary navy suedette fabric from Minerva crafts, and also ordered some wadding to pad the bed runner. Here's how I made them.


1. Measure your cushion pads. Mine were 50x50cm and 35x35cm. Then, for each cushion you need to cut:
  • a square the size of your cushion pad, +3cm (so mine were 53x53cm and 38x38cm)
  • two rectangles the width of your cushions by 2/3(ish) the length (so mine were 53cmx40cm and 38x25cm).

2. On your rectangle pieces fold one long edge over by 1cm and then again by 1cm. Pin, press and top stitch.

3. Lay your two rectangle pieces (overlapping) on top of your square, right sides together. You are creating an overlapping opening in the back of the cushion.

4. Sew around all four edges of the cushion with a 1.5cm seam allowance, pivoting at the corners. Back stitch at each end.

5. Trim the seam allowances by 0.5cm or so, using pinking sheers. Cut the corners diagonally.

6. Turn the cushion and carefully poke out the corners with a knitting needle or chopstick. Press the cushion cover and insert the cushion pad.

Hey presto. Easy peasy cushion covers!

Bed runner

As I was using super posh Libery tana lawn, I decided to use the Liberty fabric on the front and a plain cotton lawn on the back. You could use the same fabric front and back though.

1. Measure how long you want your bed runner to be. I made mine the width of our kingsize duvet cover (230cm), plus 3cm for the seam allowance. The width was 50cm, plus 3cm for the seam allowance. So 233x53cm in total.

2. If you're using a plain backing fabric try cutting that 1cm smaller all the way round. This encourages the patterned fabric to fold underneath slightly and stops the plain being visible.

3. Pin the two pieces of fabric rights sides together and sew around the edges with a 1.5cm seam allowance. Leave a 15-20cm gap for turning through. I left this on one of the long edges.

4. Trim the seam allowances and corners as you did with the cushion. Turn right side out, taking care on the corners. Press.

5. Using your finished bed runner as a guide, cut a piece of wadding to fit. Mine was slightly too short, so I hand sewed two pieces together, being careful not to overlap the wadding and create a ridge.

6. Stuff the bed runner with the wadding. Once in place, I put a few small hand stitches through each corner (from the lining side in self coloured thread) to hold it in place and stop it bunching inside.

7. Turn the open gap seam allowances inside. Pin them and hand slip stitch closed.

There you go. A very smart looking bed.

Now I just need to find a way to spend more time in mine............


  1. This is lovely! With you on the putting beautiful fabric somewhere you can enjoy it everyday. Enjoy your new bed!

  2. Love this! What a great idea with the Liberty bed runner, fab! You've got to smile when you wake up to Liberty every day! x