Decorative effects for the bolsters
For a more sophisticated bolster, combine fabrics and cord in one cover. For a touch of flamboyance, mix fake leopard skin, dramatic ink-blue silk and a shiny gold cord and key tassel. Hand-stitched braid or other passementerie teams well with all kinds of fabric a rough hessian looks surprisingly good with an elegantly woven trim, for example.
Directory of fastenings and trimmings
There is a wide range of decorative trimmings available for use on cushion covers, tablecloths, place mats and bed-linen. They can be chosen in a contrasting colour, pattern or texture to add a bold foil to soft furnishings or can be in a plain, matching colour to create a subtle but striking detail.
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Fastenings on your cushion covers, loose covers or pillow cases serve a practical purpose but can also be a design focus, as becomes obvious with the use of ties or bold buttons.
Bias binding is a strip of fabric, cut on the bias (diagonally across the grain) and used for enclosing piping cord or for covering raw edges — for example, around the edges of place mats.
Bias binding can be handmade from any lightweight fabric, patterned, plain or striped. It can also be bought ready-made in various widths and in a range of solid colours.