DIY Screenprinted Cushion with Thornback & Peel

Thornback and Peel fish cushions and fabric samples

screen printing stacked up screens

screen printing at thornback & Peel fish spreading paint

screen printing onto fabric DIY

will brightbazaar fish screen print

lucy screen printing a rabbit onto fabric for a DIY cushion at Thornback and Peel

Screen printing a hare rabbit on fabric

Will BrightBazaar and Kate Hutchingson

screen printing workshop

make your own cushion thornback & Peel

A Bit of Squeegee Action and a Beautiful Feast!

Mothers Day may feel like a heluva long time ago but cast your minds back a mo if you will. Did you treat your Mama to a gift? I’m not usually the type to give presents – a thoughtfully written card and a coffee is always the ticket for Mrs ShinyThoughts, but this year I was delighted to be able to offer her something I’d not only made by hand, but made with attributes such as not being completely tacky/badly made/useless. I’m sure my mum isn’t alone in her love for cosiness and homeliness so a cushion was just the perfect gift, and one HAND screen printed by her own daughter – priceless!

The ladies who run the gorgeous London based homeware brand Thornback & Peel asked if I’d like to join in a workshop at their studio to rework my screenprinting skills, allowing me to leave with a brilliantly unique little sommat for Ma. It was lots of fun; from choosing my own cushion fabric and print, squeegeeing the paint through the screen like the ‘good old days’ at uni, through to browsing the beautiful shop round the corner and finishing up with an incredibly tasty dinner, all hand made again by the girls! What was great was seeing how much work went into creating every single product that Thornback & Peel sell and being able to see all the behind the scenes first hand!

I’d already visited the Cockpit Arts studios where Thornback & Peel are based before when on an Open Studio Tour. The open days are a brilliant way of seeing British Designer-Makers in action, so do pop along to Holborn if you can this summer!

fresh olives and salad on a table

salami and meat board

thornback & Peel chair and fish cushion and stacked towels in store colourful

serving salads from bowls around a table

tomato and onion summer salad on table

thornback & Peel notebooks

pink swirl meringues in a bowl

Thornback & Peel rabbit screen printed DIY cushion on chair

The finished cushion in my mums bedroom – she loved it! Thank you Thornback and Peel for a wonderful insight into your brilliantly British brand!


  • mat April 1, 2013 at 10:09 AM

    i’d flipping love to have a go at screen printing, to turn it into a cushion design is so cool.

  • Coline March 28, 2013 at 9:14 PM

    Yuuuumi food seems so delicious!

    Coline ♡

  • Juliet Bawden March 25, 2013 at 2:31 PM

    I love this what a great day are they running more classes?

  • Katie March 25, 2013 at 2:12 PM

    Honestly, I can’t belive how easy it is! You seem like you had so much fun doing this! It’s awesome:)

  • Lucy March 25, 2013 at 1:14 PM

    I love love love LOVE screen printing, I always have a screen in my hand! I am so jealous, definitely heading over there in the summer! And what a lovely gift!! xxx

  • LaRoux March 24, 2013 at 12:48 PM

    I did a screen printing workshop last year, I really enjoyed, I would like to put me!
    I search an intership also ..

  • Kb March 24, 2013 at 12:44 PM

    Ahhh that food looks amazing, nom nom! Love where your Mum placed the cushion, great mix of patterns.

  • Maria March 24, 2013 at 10:50 AM

    This sounds like a really fun day with a really lovely gift to give at the end of it!

    Maria xxx

  • tora March 24, 2013 at 10:44 AM

    The bunny cushion!!!! it is beautiful!!!!!!!!!!!! what a lovely, colourful post 🙂

  • Winnie March 23, 2013 at 11:42 PM

    This is amazing and totally the sort of thing I love – crafty screenprinting and yummy food, looks like a pretty perfect day to me. LOVE your cushion too.

  • chlowitty March 23, 2013 at 9:12 PM

    they look gorgeous! i love the rabbit one

    chloe @chlowitty blogs