I find it hard to buy cushions. More often than not I know half a meter of fabric or a particularly nice tea-towel (the small cushion above is made from one bought in an Anthropologie sale, the large from a fat quarter bought from FabricRehab), a feather cushion pad and a spare hour with the sewing machine will result in a cushion a fraction of the price as the ones I see in the shops. This theory doesn’t really apply when it comes to printed or embroidered cushions as the time/facilities needed versus value for money ratio is all wrong which is why when I spotted these two cushions in Matalan I had to buy them…

Embroidered Owl cushion

Printed text cushion

… especially as they were only £10 and £8 respectively.

Matalan do do some good little bits and pieces for the home. Visit their website here to see for yourself…

I do also have an aversion to synthetic cushion pads (which most cheaper cushion covers come with) as to me they always make the cushion sit too upright and don’t feel  snuggly enough. But feather pads can get expensive so I tried an experiment the other day which surprisingly worked. I bought feather bed pillows from Poundstretcher at £7.99 for two, then in the garden I opened up a cushion pad I got with the Matalan cushions and removed the stuffing (useful to keep for stuffing soft toys etc). Then I carefully opened a corner of the feather pillow and transferred half the feathers from the pillow in to the cushion case. When the cushion case was suitable plump I sewed it up, squared off the pillow sewed that up aswell and ended up with two new feather cushion pads.

It’s not the tidiest of jobs and the garden did look a little like I taken a job as a duck plucker when I’d finished but it did save a lot of pennies.