This tutorial has been written by Jenny Harkness from Winney & Rose. She teaches sewing workshops for home interiors and sells a selection of handmade items for the home or gifts.
Here are some simple instructions on how to make one of my Winney and Rose garden kneelers. They look lovely hung in a porch and are equally as practical and comfy to use. I have had comments from customers saying they have also used them in the house when cleaning out cupboards. They also make a lovely gift.
Oilcloth ½ metre – for a selection of oilcloth fabrics visit Viva la Frida
Fabric ½ metre
Piece of foam or hollow fibre filling
Dressmaking paper or baking paper
Thread, scissors, tape measure
Cut your oilcloth and fabric each to size 29cm wide x 50cm long. Cut another piece of oilcloth for the handle size 12cm x 30cm
Place fabric and oilcloth right sides together and pin corners and several points on long sides and one end. Place under machine oilcloth side down. Sew around 3 sides and 2cm round corners into open end. This leaves a good sized gap for turning through.
Cut a wedge from all 4 corners, making sure you do not cut the stitches.
Turn through to right side and poke out corners with a knitting needle
For the handle, finger press a 1cm hem on both long edges. This won’t stay down but will be a good help when sewing.
Fold in half long ways and wrong sides together. Place the paper on the underside and machine close to the edge.
Fill kneeler with the wadding or foam. Fold in the fabric edge by 1 ½ cm and pin the handle in place. Making sure the ends are 2cm into the kneeler. Fold in the oilcloth by 1 ½ cm and pin top edges together.
Place under sewing machine fabric side down and carefully sew along edge ¼ cm in.