Esme Clemo shares her tips for making this stylish piece for your home

Cushion made from old jeans

Woman’s Weekly craft and home editor Esme Clemo demonstrates how a pair of old jeans can be turned into something very stylish for your house – a great make if you’re following our Waste Not Want Not campaign.

An easy-peasy project, follow her four simple steps and you’ll have a denim cushion to jazz up your sofa in two hours.

It’s tough to think of a more enjoyable way to spend a quiet afternoon at home so pop the kettle on and get started.

Skill level: Beginner

You will need:

✤ Pair of old jeans
✤ Scissors
✤ Pencil and ruler
✤ Pins
✤ Matching thread
✤ Sewing machine
✤ 43 x 60cm piece navy cotton
✤ 40 x 40cm square cushion pad
Time to make: 2 hours

Making the cushion

NOTE: Always use 1.5cm seam allowances and press seams open, unless stated otherwise.

1. Cut the waistband and legs off the jeans. Snip down the front, back and side seams, so you are left with four pieces, each with a pocket. Using a pencil and ruler, draw a 23 x 23cm square from each piece and cut out.

2. Take one back pocket square with right sides facing down and place a front pocket square over the top, also with right sides down. Pin and sew along one edge. Repeat for the other pocket squares.

Pin the pocket strips together with the right sides of the front pockets facing and sew along one edge.

3. For the back of the cushion, cut the cotton piece into two rectangles measuring 43 x 30cm. Along one of the long edges, fold, pin and sew a 1.5cm double hem. Repeat for other rectangle.

4. Pin and sew the front and back cushion pieces together with right sides facing, overlapping the hemmed edges of the back cushion pieces. Clip corners, turn right sides out and press. Insert the cushion pad.

TIP: ‘Use different coloured denim jeans to make your own fun and unique design,’ says Esme.