How to DIY a Celtic Knot Cushion

How to DIY a Celtic Knot Cushion

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Can you see this face? This is a face of accomplishment. Do you ever get that feeling when you finish something?

 

I have seen these knotty cushions all over Insta and fell in love immediately with these soft, billowy cushions that were gracing kids beds, reading corners and lounge rooms in all the stylish and trendy peoples homes.

 

I would have loved to buy one and support a small business such as this local Sydney Etsy shop Knot Cushion, but for over $59 a pop… well, at the moment we can’t splurge on stuff like that. So, I put it on my to-make-list. Quite a while back now, the only thing stopping me from making it before now has been time. I’m currently burping a 3 month old as I type this one handed, that is my reality – add a three and a half year old talking at you. Yup, this is my wonderful life but enough about me, let’s get into it.

 

It took me a few days to complete once I got started, so if you do attempt to make one yourself allow a few days, to save your sanity really.

 

What you will need 
  • 1.5 metres of knit fabric or any material with a bit of stretch.
    • Don’t buy the thin cheap stuff like I did, it was a waste of time and money. The edges curled so much, which made it a nightmare to sew. Then when it came to unfold the casing it broke all the stitches! As you can see from the below tutorial pictures, the white fabric I got from Spotlight for $3.99/m didn’t make the cut. Buy the thicker stuff it is worth it for this project.
  • Pencil
  • Measuring tape or ruler
  • Pins
  • Sewing machine with a zig zag function
  • Matching thread
  • Scissors
  • Filling
  • Stick/rod for the stuffing stage.

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Step 1 Measure out 14cm and mark with a pencil or fabric pen. Do this four times along your fabric.

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Step 2 Make the same measurement marks at the top of the fabric. Join up these marks with a ruler.
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Step 3 Cut out your strips
how-to-make-a-celtic-knot-cushion-cut-out how-to-make-a-celtic-knot-cushion-stripsStep 4 Gather two strips and pin the narrow ends together, right side facing.
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Step 5 Sew 1/4″ hem using the zig zag function.
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Step 6 Now with your long connected strip, fold length ways and hem a 1/4″ joining seam all the way down. This making one of the casings for the pillow.
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Step 8
Tie a knot in one end and start stuffing! This is the second time consuming step. Set yourself up in front of some trashy tv and grab a handful of the filling and jam it into your casing. You will need to use a rod or a stick to help push the stuffing all the way down to the end.
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Step 9 As I mentioned above, the white thin fabric I purchase didn’t last past stage 8, so here I started again with a thicker jersey fabric which could withstand the manipulation of this project and not bust seams.
Repeat steps 1-8 with your other two strips of fabric so you are left with two sausages, as per the image below. If you massage the lumps of stuffing you can work out the lumpy look.
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Step 10 Following the instructions as per animatedknots.com I fashioned these two sausages into a celtic knot. It took a few practices mind you! This website is so clear and user-friendly, you can pause the stages of each knot. I highly recommend bookmarking this site for future DIY projects.

 

Step 11 Undo the knotted ends and insert one end into the other end.
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Step 12 Hand stitch up to finish. I used a blanket stitch as I found this the least noticeable.
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That’s it my friend. An afternoon wasted with cheap fabric, but the silver lining there is a valuable lesson learnt not to skimp on materials again. Total cost with the fail fabric included was $20.

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Have you made something similar? I would love some advice on how to make this easier, unfolding the casing really hurt my fingers – is this early onset arthritis?? Let me know in the contact section below, I love hearing from you.

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