Tuesday, 30 August 2011

Patchwork cushion # 2 - Photos and Tutorial

Good morning all :O)
I have been really busy making my 2nd patchwork cushion this weekend. It is made from 100% cotton and is pretty vibrant - my current favourite colour combo of orange and pink!

This is lovely patchwork project - ideal for newbies through to advanced to have a go at so I thought that i'd share this with you lovely people ............


How to make the patchwork cushion cover:

You will need:
  • Sewing machine
  • Pins
  • Ruler
  • A pair of sharp shears (fancy word for scissors)!!
  • 3 x cotton fabrics (I used 3 in this example but this could be made with 2 or more fabric combinations) apx. 1 1/4 metre (or 1 1/4 yard) in total depending on the useage for each.
  • Matching Thread 
  • Cushion pad 40x40cm (16x16")
Seam allowance is 6mm unless otherwise stated

STEP 1
For the patchwork section of the cushion front, you will need to cut out a total of 25 squares 3" (7.2cm) squared.  (I cut out 12 squares from my "Mini Calaveras' pink sugar skull fabric, 4 x plain orange and 9 x plain pink).


STEP 2
Lay out the patches in 5 rows of 5 vertical strips.  Alternate the fabrics to create a checkerboard pattern that pleases you.



STEP 3
Take the top 2 patches from row 1, pin and machine stitch them to each other. Make sure that right sides are facing.



STEP 4
Press all seams open as you go along to keep your patchwork neat and those edges crisp. Join the rest of the patches in their vertical rows of 5. in the same way (make sure that you keep all the squares the right way up if you are using a directional fabric!)


Press your seams as you go for crisp patchwork.


STEP 5
Once you have all 5 rows stitched and pressed, it's time to join the rows. First pin the rows together, starting with the first 2, ensuring that the seams line up neatly (this may take a little fiddling). Next, sew down the side that is to be attached (double checking the 'hinge' side is the correct one and that the pressed seams remain in their correct positions). Once the first 2 rows are stitched together continue, one row at a time, until all rows are attached. Press all seams open.



   
STEP 6
Next, you need to cut the 4 border fabric strips for the cushion front.  2 strips should measure 2 1/2" wide x 17" long (7.2cm x 43). The other 2 strips should measure 2 1/2" wide x 13" long (7.2cm x 31.2cm)


STEP 7
Pin the shorter strips to the top and bottom of your patchwork, right sides facing and sew down the long connecting edge.
Step 7




STEP 8
Press the seams open

STEP 9
Line up, pin and sew the remaining border strips to the sides of the front cushion panel, right sides facing.  Press the seams open once again.

Front panel completed - ta da!

STEP 10
Now for the envelope-style back panel.............. Cut two rectangular pieces of fabric each measuring 17" x 11 1/2" (43 x 29cm).  I cut one panel from each plain colour material however, these can be the same fabric if you prefer.......
Step 10

STEP 11
On each rectangle, fold over just one of the long edges by 1/2 " (1.5cm).  I used a seam gauge which is a brilliant (and cheap) tool which is well worth having in your essential kit! Press these with your iron and pop in a few pins to keep them in place

Seam gauge

STEP 12
Stitch down each of the long seams to secure the hem.


STEP 13
Overlap the two hemmed back panels by 5". Make sure that they both have the hem tucked under in the same direction.  Secure these with a couple of pins at each end

The hems on the orange and pink plain fabrics both face down here!





STEP 14
Trim your seams and the corners before turing out.
Place the front and back panels together, right sides facing
(see above photo).Line these up, ensuring that the envelope 
back slot goes from left to right. Pin the front and back panels together and sew all the way around the perimeter of your cushion allowing a 1/2 " (1cm) seam allowance.



STEP 15
Trim the seams, ideally using pinking shears to prevent
fraying. Trim any loose threads and then clip the corners.


AND FINALLY..................
Using a chopstick (!!!) turn your cushion cover the right way round, poking at the corners to get them crisp.  Insert your seating pad, sit back and admire :O)


Photos of completed cushions using this tutorial can be added to Flickr group http://www.flickr.com/groups/1730759@N24/


 

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