Quick Cushion Makeover (aka The day I turned into my mother)

I've been watching my mother gradually turn into my nan for the last few years. I often laughed about it, until someone pointed out that if it's a generational thing, I would soon be laughing on the other side of my (her) face. Before you start saying how lovely my mother is, that I should be thankful to be like her etc, I have to tell you that I'm not complaining about it as much as making an observation.

When I was a child, I often came home to find rooms redecorated, new curtains made, all the soft furnishings replaced and so on. A few days ago I came home from the afternoon school-run, walked into the kitchen, looked at the cushions on the chairs and had to change them. Immediately. Within ten minutes I'd rummaged through a box of remnants my mother gave me, set up the sewing machine and started sewing. I sat down to dinner that night with a set of (five) new cushion covers, and the realisation that it really is happening - I'm finally turning into my mother. I text her...


Having finished them *just* in time to dish up our meal, I didn't get any pictures before they were sat on and creased, but I can hardly post this without a picture and this gives you a general idea.


They are very basic, but as I'm not exactly an expert sewist I'm pretty pleased with them. I will admit that I had a little help from this Craftsy ebook. If you want a (free) copy, click on the image below to go to the download page.



Of course, my budget (free!) cushion make-over meant that the new covers clashed with the table-cloth so I had to buy a new one of those too. It almost feels like a new room (and EXACTLY the sort of thing Mum would do!). So come on, 'fess up - who are you turning into, and why?

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  1. The cushions look great! OL about tuning into your mum. My 83 yo uncle visited us a few weeks ago. He's the last of my mothers siblings. People say I look a lot like my gran. I have no idea as she passed away when I was just a wee urang utang. But when I saw my uncle, I saw the features of my gran in him and so... the features of myself. Very, very weird!

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    1. Yes, I know what you mean about that - I remember one day when I was about 16, opening the door for my dad and for the first time I saw my own face looking back. Everyone said we look alike but that was the first time I saw my eyes in another face - it freaked me out. Also I see the same in my son which still feels bizarre after 9 years.

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  2. Oh I love this! My mother was EXACTLY the same - the amount of times I came home to new curtains, cushions and completely re-arranged furniture were too many to remember! She went through a phase where she added a frill to EVERYTHING! Trouble was that she wanted matchy matchy so when she bought a new duvet cover from M&S she bought 3 covers in total and then made the other 2 into curtains, valence and you've guessed it - frilled cushions! Your Mum was her favourite on the show!! xx

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    1. Hahaha oh my goodness Louise, that's exactly the sort of thing mine would do. In fact she just bought two duvet sets and made one into curtains for my sister's room!!!!!! :D

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    2. This was when it was my kids' room, not yours! :P

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  3. Hi Sarah - thanks for dropping by my blog and leaving such an interesting comment. I know just what you mean about blogging no matter who was reading ... but it's still good to know there are people out there!

    I enjoyed this post ... back when I still lived at home, after I'd been tidying / rearranging things in the house, my Dad said I reminded him of his mother who would always rearrange the furniture while he was out - even when he had his own first home with my Mam!

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  4. The cushion looks just adorable!

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    1. Thanks Alina. It's just about the most simple cushion ever :D

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  5. Uhhh! Great design. It's definitely no bad thing to be like your mother.

    The day I turned into my mother: My mother was a lazzy sewer. She wouldn't change the thread to mend what ever needed mending. I found that so annoying as a teenager!!! But one day, with four boys and a big house, there wasn't enough time to change the thread. I used a red thread to sew the hem of a brown towel. I still have it. :-)

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