Homemade cushions and throws

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This summer I thought it would be a nice idea to get the kids involved in the annual decorating process. Every summer, I’ll thoroughly clean the house, rid the cupboards of clutter and re-paint peeling walls. I’ll also often buy into new furnishings, as this is an effective yet affordable way to spruce the place up.

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Summer is all about colour for me and adding vibrant throws and a variety of coloured cushions to the home is a great way to give both the living and bedrooms a much-needed surge of life. This year however, I decided creating these items myself would be so much more fun than buying them.

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Overall, we have two sofas in the house – one in the study and one in the bedroom. We’re also thinking about buying a new one for the guest room. It’s a rather large room and is looking a little bare with just the one bed. One sofa is blue and the other red, so I decided to create cushions and throws in complementary shades.

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I honestly didn’t realise how just a few accessories easy could alter the appearance of an entire room. We began by visiting the local haberdashery store. I could spend an entire day here. Everywhere you look there are colourful fabrics, printed materials, buttons, studs and ribbon – it’s a dream come true.

After choosing a selection of materials, I decided to trawl the Internet for some good ideas. I spent the evening making the cushion covers, this is the hard part and I won’t allow the children to try their hands at stitching yet. They did however help me add the decoration – the fun part. We used buttons on one to create a flower design, ribbons on another and different cuttings of fabric on the last one.

After printing out a number of styles I found on various blogs, I can’t wait to make more. Soon the entire house will be decorated from head to toe; I’ve even started giving my new creations to friends and family as gifts!

This is a guest post from Sainsbury’s. If you’re looking to update your home with handmade cushions and throws then you need the perfect sofa to place them on. Take a look at Sainsbury’s fantastic range of sofas online for more inspiration.