Before: a large cushion cover, found in the free clothing bins at Revolve in Mitchell. It looks rectangular in the picture, but only because I had to fold it to fit it on the hanger. It seemed ridiculously large for a cushion - about a metre square. Who has cushions that big?? As soon as I saw it, I thought 'Bathmat'.
Ok, I can't work out how to turn this image around. Don't hurt your neck when or if you turn your head sideways to see it properly. You don't really need to.
I cut the end with the zipper off, stuck an old towel folded in half inside, folded in the open side edges, and topstitched about 1cm from the edges. Then I added another row of stitching a couple of inches away to echo the shape. Voila!
Yes, yes, I know the bathmat looks a lot like the original cushion cover. It's a lot softer and squishier now, though. I have made a few bathmats from old towels before, but this is definitely my favourite so far.
If you try this sort of thing yourself, here are two tips:
- Sew the towel in half together first with at least three lines of stitching, or it will not sit still inside when you are sewing the cover on. I learnt this the hard way. Using a walking foot makes this easier.
- Use a heavy duty needle. I used a leather needle, after breaking a standard one.