Screenprinted cushions

May 20th 2012katie


It’s been far too long since I crafted anything – I miss it. So this morning I literally dusted down my sewing machine and whipped up these little cushions.


I printed the designs on Wednesday night at The Make Lounge‘s superb beginners’ screen printing class taught by Helen Rawlinson, whose studio happens to be very near to me in Stokey. We used the paper stencil method: basically instead of faffing around with exposing your design onto a screen, you just cut the design from paper and lay it under the screen to act as a stencil. It also means you can re-use the blank screen for short runs of lots of different designs. I was really impressed that you could get such flawless results from this method so will definitely be trying some more printing at home.

The envelope backs use fabrics from my stash. A nice gentle project to ease me back into sewing… I want to tackle a patchwork quilt next.


I made these bags in the class, too. Fun!


Comments (8)

  • Michelle

    May 20th 2012 at 12:52 pm

    The cushions look fantastic!

  • Charlotte

    May 20th 2012 at 3:40 pm

    ooh they are very sweet. I recently made one cushion and half of another (yet to be finished) to get me back into sewing. The course sounds great too. x

  • rooth

    May 20th 2012 at 10:39 pm

    Those are too cute – great job!

  • Fionnuala

    May 21st 2012 at 9:07 am

    Am I silly to think your use of the screenprinted fabric is brave?! It works brilliantly, but I think I would be too shy of destroying my prints to try and sew with them …

    I am also curious as to the other method of printing — paper stencils are all I’ve ever used. How does the other method work?

    1. Katie

      May 21st 2012 at 9:53 am

      But they were ‘supposed’ to be tea towels, and I didn’t want my handiwork being used to dry dishes – better it’s something pretty that I can admire daily, eh?

  • Charlie

    May 21st 2012 at 3:28 pm

    Absolutely beautiful. Been looking for a screen printing workshop in London and this one is a winner. Recently did some block printing and it was also really effective. I just adore printing. Thanks for sharing this :)

  • elia

    May 21st 2012 at 6:38 pm

    I did a bit of screen printing at college. I loved it, especially the the stencil method, I found it difficult to commit to a design to be exposed. Your designs came out great :)
    I’d love to take classes but there aren’t any near me, shame.

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