Tuesday, 4 June 2013

Super Simple 15 minute Cushion Cover

So my day started with a knock at the door. It was my lovely new neighbour, whose own day had started by finding one of my new chickens being eaten by her dog. :(
She felt so terrible, and I felt so terrible for her. Pet clashes can be such a terrible thing for neighbours. But I knew her dog couldn't get out but my chickens could, so I assured her that she must have flown over the fence and there was nothing else she needed to do. I went out the back and saw with relief that it wasn't one of my favourites (isn't that awful!). And she went to work and I went to play group. 
Then when I got home, I thought of her again. What an awful way to start the day! And I just felt compelled to give her something to maybe make it nicer and help her feel ok about it.
But what does one give to a new neighbour? I decided on a simple cushion cover.

When I lay the cushion on the fabric, I suddenly thought of a super simple way to throw together a cover. So I thought I'd share it with you here.

I cut along the width of the fabric, next to the edge of the cushion.

Then I folded the selvedges over at each end and sewed them. If you had pretty selvedge, you could leave this bit!

Then I wrapped the fabric around the cushion, right sides facing in and pinned the overlapping edges together.

Pull the cushion out, lay the folded square out flat. I shifted mine a little so the envelope opening would be more centred.

Pin along both sides.

Then I set my machine to an overlocking stitch and sewed up each raw edge.

Turn inside out and viola! A super quick and easy gift in nearly no time!

 I added my little dino boy because I like him. Then I wrote a card saying

"I'm sorry your day started with a dead chicken. I hope it got better from there. :)" 

and left it on her front porch, which neighbours my sunroom, before I had time to talk myself out of it.
Now to clip my chicken's wings! Poor little thing. 


  1. I love this fabric!! I want to mash it on my face!! Do you know who designed it? Also you are a very cute neighbour. <3

    1. Its Sandy Klopp I think, and yes Jodi, can you move next to me? My neighbour sagas continue...

    2. Yes! it is! thank you. :)

  2. Oh you are just the sweetest! Great tutorial too! Sorry about your chicken xx

  3. You are lovely & kind & more thoughtful than just about anyone I know. What a beautiful thing to do for your neighbour when both of you had such a sad start to your day.

  4. You are lovely & kind & more thoughtful than just about anyone I know. What a beautiful thing to do for your neighbour when both of you had such a sad start to your day.

  5. Bless you Jodi x Oh by the way, I sent you some charm squares today. They are coming from WA so will take a few days x

  6. What a lovely thing to do for your neighbour

  7. Here from the blog hop! What a thoughtful way to treat a neighbor. I like simple, as long as it's cute.....and you nailed it!!

  8. Fantabulous! Hilarious little note you left!

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  10. That is SO sweet, Jodi! And I love the print you used for the cushion!

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  12. Sheer brilliance! What a delightful neighbor. Don't have any chickens but think I'll whip up a couple for our new neighbors with twin 18-month old boys!


I so love your comments! I read all of them and reply when I can. If you don't hear back, I'm lost under a mound of scraps or outside jumping on the trampoline with the kids. Jodi. xx