the finished cushion! (front)

Felted Fleece Cushions

For a while I’ve been thinking of ways to use up the leftover wool from the rugs I make.  The idea to make cushions came to me by chance whilst I was cleaning the house recently.  I happened upon some of my early rug experiments from the days when I was still learning how to make them.  They were a bit funny looking, dog eared and strange shapes.  My first thought was to consign them to the compost heap or perhaps cut them into strips and use them on the veggie patch.  I decided on the veggie patch option and went to get some scissors from the kitchen drawer.  On my way back, scissors in hand it suddenly occurred to me that I could cut these funny looking pieces into squares, sew a back on and make cushions.  And so, the idea of felted fleece cushions was born!

selecting locks from pile of leftovers
selecting locks from pile of leftovers
laying out the locks of wool
laying out the locks of wool

Making Felted fleece Cushions

There are so many reasons why I love making these cushions, firstly I love cushions!  The more the merrier, we already have a fair few cushions in the house but now we have lots and lots!!  My husband is still not quite so sure about the cushion invasion but I am sure he will grow to love them in time.

One of the other reasons I find making these so enjoyable is that I’ve always loved sewing.  I find it very relaxing and meditative, even darning, yes, honestly and truly, holey socks, jeans needing patches, coat pockets with holes, I just love it!  As soon as I have a needle and thread in my hand I go into my own little world, it’s one of the few times I truly relax truth be told.  Life on the smallholding can be pretty stressful at times so sewing gives me a bit of “me time” and time to reboot.

rolling the wetted down fibres
rolling the wetted down fibres
after a wash its time to dry
after a wash its time to dry

Using up odd bits of wool

Making cushions is also a great way to use up all the odd bits of wool that are left over from the rugs I make.  In the past these bits of wool would be used on the veggie patch as a barrier to prevent snails from getting to the young seedlings.  This is quite effective but unfortunately doesn’t stop the soil slugs from getting in from underneath.  But that’s a whole other story.

So as I said, making cushions fits in very nicely with making rugs.  In fact, it is the perfect way to use up every last bit of wool from a fleece.  I even use up the scrappier bits of wool, the double cuts and the matted bits.  Of course, these are not used on the actual cushions, but rather inside, as stuffing!!  Don’t worry, the cushions don’t smell too sheepy, I wash the stuffing and then sift through it for any bits of hay, straw, grass or seeds.

cutting to size
cutting to size
sewing the back of the cushion on
sewing the back of the cushion on

Made with Natural Fibres

I love natural fibres and feel it is only right to pair our beautiful sheep’s wool with a good quality cotton or linen.  I currently offer two options for the backs, “plain” or “sheep”.  The plain fabric is Oxford (seeded) 100% cotton in a natural shade.  The “sheep” fabric is 100% linen canvas in a neutral shade with a grey and white sheep pattern.  The cushion covers are fastened with wooden buttons and the covers are completely removable for washing.  For washing instructions please click here.

making the cushion inner
making the cushion inner
woolly leftovers for the stuffing
woolly leftovers for the stuffing

Finally, a note on sizing, each cushion is made individually and so the sizing varies slightly from cushion to cushion.  This is due to the felting process as the shrinkage rate is different each time.  Felting is like baking bread, you can use exactly the same ingredients and measurements but each felted piece comes out with its own unique character, shape and size!

the finished cushion! (front)
the finished cushion! (front)
and back
and back