shirred cushion

Another cushion. This time an experiment with smocking a coarse, unbleached linen.


Very casual. Little girl’s sundress meets sculpture. I’ve never used shirring elastic before and wanted to try it out.

chalked © elisa rathje 2011

Like the knife pleat pillow, I measured lines with tailor’s chalk. This time I began marking in the middle of a length of fabric that could wrap round the pillow plus about six inches longer, to make an envelope.

shirring © elisa rathje 2011

I wrapped a bobbin with shirring elastic, and sewed along the lines, right-side up. Then folded the hemmed ends of the long piece in, to make the envelope style closure, and sewed up the sides.

shirring © elisa rathje 2011

Spray it with water, and the fabric scrunches right up as it dries. I like the irregular texture of a shirred cushion so much. Especially paired with the kissing pleat pillow.

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