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To make the luxurous cushions, follow the instruction below:

What you need:

  • selection of mother-of-pearl buttons in different sizes for pink cushion
  • Selection of mirrored buttons for yellow cushion.
  • 90 X 25 cm pink raw silk fabric
  • 90 X 25 cm yellow and turquoise shot silk fabric
  • Matching sewing thread for each cushion
  • 2 cushion pad

To make pink cushion:

  1. Cut two pieces of pink raw silk, each 25 x 40 cm. On one piece, arrange the mother-of-pearl buttons in the centre so they form a rectangle. Stitch a large button for each corner and fill the area with smaller buttons.
  2. Place the two pieces of fabric together with right sides facing each other. Sew around the outer edges, leaving an opening to insert the cushion pad.
  3. Turn over to the right side. Insert cushion pad into cover and close the opening with a few neat hand stitches.

To make yellow cushion:

  1. Cut two pieces of silk, each 25 X 30 cm. Fray the longer sides of each piece, for about 12 mm, using a pin to pull out one strand at a time. Pin the two pieces of fabric together with right sides facing each other. Stitch the shorter sides together and turn over to the right side.
  2. Sew the mirrored buttons at random on the front of the cover. Stitch running stitches around each button in turquoise thread and work alternate long and short stitches to complete a sunray effect. Slip over cushion pad.

Here’re how you make jewelled curtain:

What you need:

  • Empty colorful plastic bottles (use 90 X 500 ml soft drink bottles in different colors)
  • Scissors
  • Hammer and nail
  • Permanent marker
  • Thin nylon thread
  • Wooden dowel (or rod)
  • Acrylic paint
  1. Cut off the bottom of the bottles along the same line, just above the bottom.
  2. Cut “V” shapes out of the base. Start from the point of the indents up to the middle of the raised sections. Repeat all round the base to form a flower.
  3. Use a permanent marker to mark two points on the flower: the first about 1 cm from the centre of one of the petals and the second on the petal opposite the first one.
  4. Punch holes through the marked points with a hammer and nail.
  5. Cut a dowel to the desired length and paint it.
  6. Cut 2 m lengths of nylon thread. Tie a knot 10 cm from one end. Thread the other end through the holes in one of the flowers, and tie a knot to secure it. Tie the next knot 7 cm further along the nylon and thread on the next flower. Repeat all along the length of nylon. Knot the end to the dowel.

You’re done! Congratulation!

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