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One of my jobs back in August was to tidy out a cupboard where I keep my creative stuff. One of the first things that came out was a baby blue wool jumper that I had picked up at a jumble sale for 10p earlier in the year. It had obviously been through too hot or too robust a wash and had felted slightly. One of the many things on my list of stuff to try is making things from a felted garment so I decided to put the tidying on one side and see what I could make out of the jumper.

I really liked the idea of making a cushion cover from the main body, with the rib at the back, button holes cut through it and big chunky vintage buttons as closures. I’d also come across some variegated roving which went well with the blue and ideas started to happen…

I cut the body into two rectangles and stitched them together across the middle. Then I cut the roving into smaller lengths, wound them loosely into rings and then needlefelted them to the middle area which I had marked out to be the front of the cushion. These were photographed in the evening and have turned out a bit too blue!

Upcycled felted cushion 1

Stabbing the roving repeatedly with a very sharp needle was very therapeutic!!

Upcycled felted cushion 2

A couple of evenings completed the rings…

Upcycled felted cushion 3

…and I was then able to sew up the sides. This is a much closer idea of the true colour.

Upcycled felted cushion 4

And the back.

Upcycled felted cushion 5

Next job is to trawl my button box for some suitable chunky buttons for the back.

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