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This tutorial has been written by Victoria Peat from The Little Black Duck blog. Victoria is an avid crafter who sells craft patterns on Craftsy and blogs about her free patterns and sewing & knitting exploits.


Love Applique Cushion Project

Love applique pillow tutorial

You may have seen Love applique cushions in the shops including the popular ones fron Jan Constantine.  Well this tutorial from Victoria at Little Black Duck will show you how to make your own either to keep or as a great gift. 

Materials Required

  •  Small amounts of fabrics in 4 prints
  •  Bondaweb/steam-a-seam
  •  Cushion/pillow insert
  •  Zip or button if required
  •  Co-ordinating thread
  • Applique templates

Note - The cushion insert used in this project was 14 x 10 inches.  If using a different size you will need to adjust your measurements acordingly.

How to sew an applique pilloe

Cut Fabrics.  You will need to add seam allowances on all edges. I tend to use 1/2″ but use whatever you are most comfortable with…just make sure you add this measurement to all edges


  • Centre rectangle: cut 1 10″ x 6″
  • Outer  rectangles: cut 4 10″ x 2″. Decide whether you want to have just the one print around the four sides or whether you would prefer one print for the sides and another for the top and bottom sections
  • Back of cushion (see Constructing Back of Cushion section below)
  • Letters and heart (see Applique section below) and download the templates here.



Copy the letters and heart onto your Bondaweb or similar product (follow the manufacturer’s instructions as to which side of the product to trace the letters onto), making sure you reverse the L and the E. Apply the letters to the reverse of your chosen fabric and cut out.

Peel away the paper backing a position on the large rectangle that you cut out for the centre of the cushion and affix with an iron.

Stitch around the outside of the letters with a zig-zag or an edge stitch or some freehand embroidery…your choice!

How to sew an applique cushion with 'Love' on it

 the Front of the Cushion

Attach two rectangles to the top and bottom of the appliqued centre rectangle and press the seam away from the centre.

Applique cushion sewing project

Attach the two remaining rectangles to each side of the centre section, pressing seam allowances towards the outside edge.

Applique cushion sewing tutorial

The front of your cover is done!

Constructing the Back of the Cushion

Construct the back of the cover with your chosen fastening in mind. I used a lapped zipper but you could use an envelope closure, an invisible zipper or a button closure, whatever you feel most comfortable constructing. Just make sure that you cut your fabrics accordingly

Assembling the Cushion

If you have decided to insert a zip in the back of the cover make sure it is open before sewing the front to the back or you’ll not be able to turn it through to the right side!

Place the front and back of the cushion right sides together. Sew around the outside edge using your chosen seam allowance.

Sewing a lapped zip

Press your seams flat and turn the cushion through to the right side, poking the corners out.

Insert your cushion pad and you are done!

Best of luck with making your Love applique cushion.

Sew your own Love Applique Cushion

Find more other great sewing projects on the Little Black Duck blog.