How to Make Needlework Cushions

Updated July 09, 2018

If you've created a piece of needlework art, you're probably in a tough spot. No doubt you think your work of art deserves a place of prominence, but hanging it in a frame on a wall seems almost dismissive. You do, after all, want a functional piece of decor. Consider making a cushion from your tapestry, to provide yourself and others with years of artful yet functional comfort.

Cover the cutting mat with blotting paper. Spray the back of the tapestry with a fine mist of water until it is damp.

Put the tapestry face down on top of the mat and pin it securely to the mat.

Flatten the tapestry as tightly as you can. Gently smooth out the tapestry from the middle, tugging on one side and adjusting the pins and then pulling on the other side and the corners. Continue making adjustments with the pins until the tapestry lies perfectly taut.

Place another sheet of blotting paper on top of the tapestry. To flatten the tapestry, place a smooth, heavy object or objects -- such as a piece of plywood or several heavy books -- on top of the tapestry. (This process of flattening a tapestry is called blocking.)

Let the tapestry dry -- a process that may take several days. Check the tapestry periodically to see if it has dried to the touch. If not, replace the heavy object or objects and check again later.

Cut any frayed edges of the tapestry to leave a 1-inch border all the way around, clipping the four corners on an angle.

Place the secondary fabric on top of the tapestry and, using the tapestry as a pattern, cut the fabric.

Place this piece of fabric against the tapestry, right sides together, and pin the pieces together all the way around. Leave an 8-inch opening at the bottom edge. Stitch, leaving a one-half-inch seam allowance all the way around. Turn the piece inside out.

Fold the cushion form in half (and perhaps in quarters) and tuck it inside the tapestry. Fold under the raw, bottom edges of the tapestry with pins and hand-stitch the opening closed.


Though firm and functional, you may not want your needlework cushion to serve as a bun warmer, either. Try placing your needlework cushion against the back of a chair or against a sofa so that it endures only soft wear and tear.

Things You'll Need

  • Needlework/tapestry
  • Craft cutting mat
  • Blotting paper
  • Spray bottle filled with water
  • Straight pins
  • Scissors
  • Complementary fabric
  • Cushion form
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With education, health care and small business marketing as her core interests, M.T. Wroblewski has penned pieces for Woman's Day, Family Circle, Ladies Home Journal and many newspapers and magazines. She holds a master's degree in journalism from Northern Illinois University.