Big Bamboo Cushion
This is a quick, easy cushion cover to make using lovely, soft Big Bamboo and Louisa Harding’s Sari Ribbon.
You will need:
4 Balls Sirdar Big Bamboo
1 Skein Louisa Harding Sari Ribbon
4 Medium Buttons.
(we purchased both from http://www.blacksheepwools.com/ where they are both currently on sale!)
10mm Crochet Hook, the same hook is used for both yarns. You will also need a large sewing needle to finish the project.
This pattern uses UK crochet terms, and you will need to be familiar with the following crochet stitches: chain, double crochet, treble crochet and slip stitch.
Step One: Base Chain
The first step is to decide on the size of cushion cover you would like to make. We’re going to make a cover for a 16 inch cushion, you can of course make a cover for any size of cushion, but if it’s any bigger you may need to purchase more yarn.
Using the Big Bamboo make a chain 68 stitches long and join the chain using a slip stitch – make sure that the chain isn’t twisted. At this point measure the chain around your cushion pad to check that it fits easily and if it is either too big or too small, add or remove chain stitches until it is a snug fit.
Step Two: Treble Crochet Row
3 chain (these will count as your first treble crochet), 1 treble crochet in each chain from the previous round. Slip stitch into the 3rd initial chain to finish the round.
Step Three: Double Crochet Row
This round will be worked in the Sari Ribbon. N.B. Do not cut off the Big Bamboo.
Using the Sari Ribbon, 1 Chain (this counts as your first double crochet), 1 double crochet in each treble crochet from the previous round. Finish the round with a slip stitch in the initial 1 chain.
This round will be worked in Big Bamboo. N.B. Do not cut off the Sari Ribbon.
Switch back to the Big Bamboo by pulling it through the working loop. Both of the yarns will be carried up the inside of the work to minimize the number of ends to sew in at the end of the project! When switching yarns, be sure to make they are not pulled too tight.
Using Big Bamboo, 3 chain (these will count as your first treble crochet). 1 treble crochet in each double crochet from the previous round. Finish the round with a slip stitch into the 3rd of the initial chain.
Continue to repeat steps three and four until the work measures 16 inches (or the size of the cushion pad you have decided to use). Be sure to finish on a row of Big Bamboo.
Place a stitch marker in your working loop to stop any work being pulled back by accident.
Cut off the Sari Ribbon and sew in the ends.
Lay the cushion cover on a flat surface, making sure that the stitch marker holding the working loop is at the top right hand corner.
Working in Big Bamboo and your hook or a large needle, slip stitch closed the bottom of the cushion cover. Sew in the end.
Using Big Bamboo we’re now going to work the button flap.
Remove the stitch marker which is in the working loop.
1 chain (this counts as your first double crochet), 1 double crochet in each treble from the previous round 33 times.
1 chain (this counts as your first double crochet), turn work and work back across the previous row. 1 double crochet in each double crochet from the previous row 33 times.
Now we’re going to work the button holes.
1 chain (this counts as your first double crochet), 5 double crochet,* 1 chain, miss one double crochet from the previous round, 6 double crochet * repeat 4 times.
1 chain (this counts as your first double crochet), turn work, 1 double crochet in each double crochet from the previous row.
You should now have an envelope shape ready to add the buttons onto.
Sew in all the ends.
Lay the cushion cover on a flat surface and stitch buttons onto cover to match up with the button holes created in Step Seven. If you find that the button flap doesn’t lay flat, use a small amount of cotton thread to stitch it down at the edges, making sure to hide the cotton at the back of your work.
Place the cushion pad inside the cover, do up the buttons, sit back with a cup of tea and admire your brilliant work!
Do let us know how you get on, we’re always happy to provide email support 🙂