Creating Unique Scatter Cushions For Your Home

Scatter cushions, like curtains not only serve a decorative purpose but also a functional one too, however, they aren’t quite as essential as curtains or blinds. Cushions often help make uncomfortable chairs more comfortable and they can give additional support where needed. There’s also the decorative side to having them.

Generally, scatter cushions are fairly cheap to buy. If you want something a bit special however you will have to pay more. It’s wrong to think they are only scatter cushions, no one will notice if they’re a bit inferior. “My Settee cost the earth, so I will buy some cheap scatters from Dunelms!”. Believe me, we will notice! The fact you have bought inexpensive scatter cushions to dress your expensive settee will only make the settee look cheap. It doesn’t make the cheap cushions look expensive at all.

When visiting family or friends and asked to take a seat, I always notice the scatters and move them to the back of the settee for support to my back. They play an important role in your home in adding comfort and colour. At one time it was conventional to have two scatters on the settee and one on each of the two chairs, same fabric and size. There were certainly none in the bedroom, but that has all changed.

Scatter cushions can no be different designs, shapes and sizes. They bring cheer to all of your living areas. So break with convention and buy some bright and either buy or create some bright and colourful scatters.

Recently I’ve begun making scatters myself and I’ve found upholstery fabric so far is one of the best materials for the job. The fabric is obviously more durable and you can get some really nice designs. I’ve had varying success buying cheap upholstery fabric off of Ebay, it’s not always the right colour, not the quality and the service isn’t always that good.

There are a few other places online that sell upholstery fabric online. I’m looking for clearance or discount upholstery fabric mainly as the current lines are quite a lot more expensive so that narrows my search down a bit. A good site I’ve found fairly recently and where I’ve started to buy my fabrics from is Selby Soft Furnishings. The quality is superior to what I’ve had off Ebay and the prices are more than reasonable. I definitely recommend them. You can use curtain fabric though if you prefer.

scatter cushion from selby soft furnishings

Oh and there’s a guide for making scatter cushions on there too. It’s a pretty basic design admittedly but it’s a nice guide if you’re just starting out. You can view the guide here.

My scatter cushions will be a little bit more complicated than that. Mine will include a zip and piping. I haven’t found a good guide for that yet, but if I do I will put it on here.

Scented Pleasures Of Perfume Making

perfume-bottleExtracting deliciously fragrant odours from plants and flowers and adding them to the skin is perfume. People have used fruits and flowers, to create loved smells for centuries. These smells are preserved with oils. Recipes for perfumes are as important as gold coins; guarded as closely.

The simple process for making scent or perfume is the same whichever recipe is used. The simplest scents mixed are alcohol, essentially scent oils and sterilised water. The oil must be blended slowly into the alcohol, a drop at a time. Mix slowly and long enough for the oils to be completely blended together. Let the mixture of essential oils and alcohol stand untouched for two days. Now add the sterilised water and again, add it slowly until totally blended.

The perfume now needs to mature for at least three weeks in a cool dark place. Once the perfume has been allowed to mature three weeks you can begin the filtering process. Filter the perfume through a porous filter to remove any sediment. Store the perfume in a colour glass bottle with a topper.

There are plenty of perfume making kits available and they are quite inexpensive, especially when you consider how much a bottle of perfume can cost.

History

Perfume making is a billion dollar industry. The ownership of aromatic smells has sent travellers around the world in search of exotic plants with aromatic fragrances. The making of perfume is the capturing of these odours in oils and alcoholic liquids; vodka is favourite and distilled water. These additives act as preservatives. The use of dark containers is popular for the longevity of perfumes.

Quick Tips for Making Perfume

1. Cut your favourite flowers and remove the petals from the stem. Place the blooms in oil, tighten the lid and let it sit for a few weeks. The oil will absorb the scent of the flowers. Use odourless oils so the blossoms will be the only fragrance.

2. Strain any petals or other residue from the oil then dispense it into the container. The use of essential oils from health food outlets will add punch to your perfume. These products can also be ordered online.

3. Use bottles designed for perfume or use bottles with tight lids. Clean jars with under coated lids. These get especially tight and hold the odour of the perfume inside, making it last.

4. Use scented oils from a bottle; pour a 40- 60 measurement of oils, vodka, and let sit for two days. Now add a bit of water and let sit for another day. Strain and you are in business with a fun and potent fragrance.

Methods

Some people use water mixed with a touch of alcohol, others use oil. Either method works fine. The most important thing in perfume making is patience and choosing fragrances, you really like. Making perfume is great for people with allergies. Boil or soak materials chosen for perfume. The method chosen depends upon the amount of time you are willing to invest.

Problems

Some people are allergic to citrus and various oils. The use of fragrance depends upon the level of tolerance of the user. Nevertheless, perfume making products made naturally are healthier for the body.