Janne Robberstad

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DIY: Indian cushions

By spotogspindel | July 4, 2014

Do you want to make your own Indian sitting cushions? Here´s how:


I have a couple of old saris in my treasure-chest, and wanted to use them for something practical. Using an ordinary 45x45cm cushion, I made an equally ordinary pillow-case in the same size (actually it works better if the cad is a couple of cm smaller than the pillow). Instead of using a zipper, I sew the opening together by hand.


Then I continue with thick cotton thread, by sewing (by hand) straight through the pillow. I needed help for this part, my friend helped me to push down the bounce in the pillow, while I pulled hard before making a triple knot.


Below is a fancy little illustration showing the process. With a tight case and these knots pulling the fill together, the pillow becomes quite steady, and is perfect for sitting on, on a little stool, in a garden chair, or simply on the floor. They are really easy to make, and a true eye-candy in the interior!


The saris and other silk fabrics are often both thin and fragile, so a very good tip is to first sew the silk onto a relative sturdy cotton fabric. Or linen, as that is even stronger. This way the wear and tear will be much less a strain on the silk.


My dear friend Nina spend the day with me, making indian cushions! Loose ones for her couch, and sturdy ones for my little stool. It´s so much nicer creating with friends! 🙂

Topics: textile | 1 Comment »

One Response to “DIY: Indian cushions”

  1. regina Says:
    July 8th, 2014 at 20:31

    Hi Janne! It’s been so long since I’ve stopped by and look at all I’ve been missing! I love these pillows. They are so beautiful, shiny and colorful. I’m trying to make a corner of my bedroom onto my yoga/meditation space. I might need to find me some sari fabric (or sometime shiny and pretty) so I can make these. xoxo