DIY black cross cushion

I adore all things Swedish! I love the clean lines and simplicity of Swedish design. It’s also the perfect base for mixing with existing furniture or those more adventurous purchases. I’m talking about a certain lime green sofa bed.

A couple of months back I was struggling to find a sofa bed I liked aesthetically. I ended up picking up one from Maison du Monde. It’s a ’60s-inspired three seater and I’ve been debating the colour choice ever since. I picked green because I thought it would be a statement.

Since I’m still in Australia, I don’t know what it looks like. It arrived after I left. I’m preparing for the worst, but I’m also preparing for what sort of cushions I’m going to have on it.

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I decided I wanted something modern, simple and understated and I came up with this Swedish-inspired black cross on white cushion. I can’t wait to test it out.

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You’ll need

black tapestry thread
a ruler
a grey lead pencil
a white cushion cover
patience!

The first time I tried this project, I stitched a row of crosses freehand. It was a disaster! The crosses were all different sizes and it looked messy. Swedish design is about precision and clean lines, so you need a ruler.

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Take two. I measured the width of my cushion and then divided it by four. For example my cushion was 32cm, so I drew three 8cm crosses as my first row. For the second row, I drew one every 4cm. I repeated this all the way to the end to get a rough diamond pattern. My crosses were about 1.5cm long.

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If you’re using normal thread instead of tapestry thread, fold it in half and thread it through the eye of the needle, then double the thread so you’re sewing with 4 threads instead of 1.

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Take your time with this project. I did it while watching the Golden Globes. It doesn’t take a lot of concentration. Just patience.

You can sew from one cross to another, but I found that the inside of my cushion case was becoming messy and tangled, so I tied off the thread after I’d finished each cross and cut it before starting a new one.

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I was really happy with the finished look, so happy that I might make some more with different coloured thread.

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