Four ways to give your home an instant pick-me-up without breaking the bank | The Sun

A CLUTCH of new cushions can give your home an instant pick-me-up.

But this quick and easy idea can be costly.

So give your bank balance a rest by trying some of these money-saving tips.

TAKE COVER: Instead of paying extra for a finished cushion, just buy covers.

Pick up a stylish two-pack for £8.99 at H&M.

Chances are you already have old cushions you don’t like at home, so use them to fill the new cases.



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Alternatively, you can find good quality cushions for pennies at your local charity shop.

Poor quality pads go soft and flat quickly, so look for ones that feel nice and firm. You can also buy new inners.

Dunelm has duck feather cushion pads starting from £5.

SEW SIMPLE: Remember your school sewing lessons?

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That’s all the know-how you need to make your own square cushion cover.

Use a scrap of material.

Find something fancy in the remnants basket at your local material shop or a fabric you love at a charity store.

Get a needle and thread to match the colour of the material.

Then follow the tips at

SWAP AND SAVE: Go for a classic cushion with a velvet or linen cover and you’ll find a stack of options at decent prices.

H&M has smart washed linen cushion covers for £9.99, plus velvet covers in a range of colours for £12.99. Just add inners.

For similar velvet cushions, you’ll pay £25 at John Lewis.

LUXE FOR LESS: Transform good-value plain cushions into something special by sewing on tassels and trims.

Find off-cuts at markets and department stores. Hobbycraft has neon pom-pom trim for £2 per metre.

Make your own tassels with leftover thread and wool. For an easy guide, see hellosewing. com/how-to-make-tassels.

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