Madiba Cushion Covers

I was given this Madiba Shweshwe fabric almost a year ago and I really wanted to make something special out of it.

Madiba shweshwe fabric from SA to make cushion cover
After a few measurements and plans, I decided to create 2 cushion covers. To make the most use of the fabric, I cut 1 length of fabric for each cushion  -50cm x 100cm. Added an invisible zip on the 50cm length side and then stitched together the 2 side seams. Total sewing time less than 1 hour.

The zip will be either at the top or bottom of the cushion, depending of how the cushion is placed on sofa. Front and back of cushion are the same print (but one is upside down)

Ta da! Don’t these look great!

Madiba cushion covers
Madiba cushion covers

Finished dimensions of cushion cover 48cm x 48cm – suitable for 50cm x 50cm cushion.

Shaka Zulu for dinner

Last month my boyfriend and I went to Shaka Zulu’s in Camden Markets, London to enjoy a South African dining experience. I had seen a few photos of the restaurant in the press and read about the vast money spent on the interior and I wasn’t disappointed
An impressive cavernous interior with large Zulu warriors watching over the guests along with numerous wooden carvings, African print and brightly coloured covers on chairs and lounges. I particularly liked a wall near the kitchen with African animals carved into the wood. Birds, zebra, elephant, rhino to name a few.  The toilets were also quite interesting; with a whole wall covered with zebra print wallpaper.
Sadly no photos from this dinner date, however you can take a look at some of the interesting features at
I might be inspired to use some of the techniques seen on the chair coverings to make some cushion covers. Light background fabric with brightly coloured elephants stitched on the top.
I almost forgot to mention the food – highlights were the soft shelled fried crab, and an Ethiopian chicken with boiled egg dish.