Interiors trend: patchwork for autumn

Melamine patchwork tray from Rice DK

Patchwork has been an interiors trend throughout 2012, but it's in the autumn that this look really shines. Just think of the cosiness of a huge patchwork quilt, draped over a sofa or bed. Of course patchwork can be used on more than just throws and blankets - think about the beautiful furniture from Squint: French High Back Carver Chair from Squint

Or for a retro look, I love this lampshade from Folly and Glee. It's made from vintage barkcloth fabrics in sophisticated pink and grey shades. So 50s!

Patchwork lightshade from Folly and Glee

Patchwork can also work as a print - this large melamine plate from Rice DK would cheer up any dining table:

Melamine patchwork tray from Rice DK

It may have started as a thrifty way of using up fabric scraps but patchwork and quilting are now big business, especially in the US. But there's still something charming about saving cherished bits and pieces of old clothes and textiles to use in something special.

If you'd like to do some DIY and incorporate patchwork into your own home, I recommend starting with a classic 9-patch cushion cover. It's easy enough for beginners, but still infinitely customisable. There's a great tutorial here from the blog Bright & Blithe.

And if you'd like your cushion to button up the back, but can't face sewing all those buttonholes, there's a brilliant cheat on the blog Did You Make That.