How to Make Double Frilled Cushions
1 – Heavy fabric
If for your frilled cushions you have chosen fabric that is medium to heavy weight, the long gathering threads may break when they are pulled up. Stitch the gathering rows in short sections and position the rows on either side of any seams. It is difficult to pull gathering threads through the seam thickness.
2 – Frill fullness
When gauging the amount of fullness in a frill, take account of the fabric’s weight. For a thick fabric that gathers more bulky than the standard-weight furnishing cotton, one-and-a-half times the length will be sufficient, while for very fine fabrics, such as lawn, you may need two to three times the measurement.
3 – A contrasting edge
Single frills can be finished with a bound edge using contrasting ribbon, tape or bias binding. Fold binding in half over the raw frill edge and machine stitch in place. For a wider edging, hem the frill then place the binding on the edge and stitch along both sides.
Making the Frill
A double frill is a folded strip of fabric which does not need a finished edge. If the fabric used is firmly woven, a double frill may need extra give. In this case cut the strips on the bias of the fabric for your frilled cushions. Decide on the frill depth and length and cutout strips to twice this depth plus twice the seam allowance, by the chosen length, as for single frills.
4 – Adding the double frill to a cover
Join strips together into a ring with plain flat seams; trim and press open. Fold strip in half lengthways, wrong sides together; pin raw edges together and press along fold. Gather up through both layers and stitch to cover as for single frills.
5 – Working with more than one frill
Make up two or more frills in the same way as for single frills, making each one slightly smaller in size -about 2cm (3/4 in). Match the raw edges together and gather up as for a single fabric.
A Brief History of Cushions
Originally a piece of furniture, a cushion dates back many centuries. In the Middle Ages they were huge, covered with leather and used to sit on, usually by the lower ranking people of a household. Cushions were also used as a status symbol, the more cushions you owed the wealthier you were!
Today cushions as we know them are soft and used to provide support and comfort to your back or head when sitting on a sofa or lounge chair, and also used to add color, texture and pattern to our living rooms and bedrooms.
Like in past times cushions are available in a wide range of shapes and sizes, with a variety of fillings and covers to suit our homes and our decorating styles.
Leather is still used to cover cushions, however, rather than being hard and uncomfortable today the softest leathers are used to provide us with both style and comfort. More…
History of cushions details courtesy Terrys Fabrics
Reference: The Country Look—Decor & Crafts