Cushion For The Coiled Pot

Stitching a retaining row around the edge of the cushion for the coiled pot.

I clipped the edges of the cushion for the coiled pot, and laced the tabs together. That was a bit less bulky than before, but still clunky and rather unstable.

<thinks hard> I wonder whether this will work…?

I stitched (that curved needle again!) close to the edge of the card mount, using a strong, doubled, cotton thread. Fortunately I’d backed the card with some heavy pelmet vilene, which meant that some stitches went into that as well as the velvet.

Coiled pot with violets attached, set upon the cushion, with the glass dome in the background.

Then, with great trepidation, I cut off the first tab. And then the one it had been attached to.

Ooh, the whole thing didn’t disintegrate!

So I carried on , and it still didn’t disintegrate (although velvet is a very messy fabric to cut!). I tried it in place – much better, stable, lower, neater. But yes, still shedding fragments of velvet. That’s easy to fix – a couple of layers of pva glue on the underneath (me, reaching for glue? who am I, all of a sudden?!), and there’s no more shedding.

Coiled pot with violets on the cushion again, but this time, I've put some furniture braid around the edge.

However, I do think it looks a little unfinished.

So, trimmed with a bit of furniture braid, which makes a neat little edge, slightly camouflaging what I’ve done and how.

If the daisy beads escape, it might help to keep them safe, as well.


  1. Sue Jones says:

    Velvet is dreadful fabric to try and trim, so well done! It looks much tidier now, and the braid gives it visual stability.

  2. Deborah Parsons says:

    Such a clever little design.

  3. Yes, velvet is hairy in itself and of course it sheds even more fluff when you cut into it. You were very brave to cut off the tabs, but see, it worked, especially with a little bit of magic glue!
    Looking good with the upholstery trim, too.

  4. This is so much better, those violets and their leaves sit more naturally, and will be complimented by the daisy beads. There have been many iterations to get here haven’t there? Glad it is feeling right now. I’m sure my notion of a single purple petal, or perhaps a bud, resting on the cushion is excess to requirements 🙂

  5. Carolyn Foley says:

    Oh! working with velvet, just those words say it all! There is no easy way to do this and the trim around the base looks great.

  6. Linda says:

    Working with velvet brings back messy memories. The violets and stand are looking good.

  7. Alex Hall says:

    Nicely done – sometimes a leap of faith (and a curved needle and drop of PVA) works wonders.