You will need:
5 fat quarters in Art Gallery fabrics
1 cushion pad 46 cm x 46 cm or 18” square
Fusible interfacing (optional)
A sewing machine or needle and thread
A 1 cm seam allowance is included in the measurements.
Fabrics 1 and 2 make up the pinwheel with Fabrics 3 and 4 making up the rest of the centre panel (see image above).
The border on the front section is made from Fabric 5. The back section is made from Fabrics 3 and 4.
From Fabric 1 – cut 2 squares 16 cm x 16 cm. Cut each square in half diagonally to make 4 right angled triangles.
From Fabric 2 – cut 1 square 17 cm x 17 cm. Cut in half diagonally then in half again to make 4 right angled triangles.
From Fabric 3 -cut a rectangle 50 cm x 32 cm. Also cut a square 17 cm x 17 cm. Cut it half diagonally, then cut 1 half in half to make 2 right angled triangles.
From Fabric 4 – cut the same pieces as from Fabric 3.
From Fabric 5 – cut 4 rectangles 52 cm x 12 cm.
1. Take 1 of the triangles cut from Fabric 2 and a triangle cut from Fabric 3. With the right sides together, pin then sew the triangles along one of the short edges to make 1 right angled triangle. Trim the seam and press it open (as per the image above). Repeat once more for triangles cut from Fabrics 2 and 3, and twice more for triangles cut from Fabrics 2 and 4.
2. Take 1 triangle cut from Fabric 1 and one of the triangles made in the previous step. With the right sides together, pin then sew the triangles together along the edge of the triangle made from Fabric 2. You should now have another larger right angled triangle. Trim the seam and press. Repeat with the remaining triangles.
3. With the right sides together, pin 1 of the strips cut from Fabric 5 to the long side of one of the triangles made in the previous step. Trim the seam and press it downwards towards the point of the triangle. Using a ruler, draw a line across the corner of the strip that follows the edge of the triangle. Repeat for the other side. Cut the excess fabric off the strip. Repeat for the remaining triangles.
4. To join the pieces together, take 1 piece that contains a triangle from Fabric 3 and 1 piece that has a triangle from Fabric 4. Pin then sew along one of the shorter edges so that the triangle from Fabric 1 is joined to the triangles from Fabrics 2 and 3. Trim seams and press. Repeat for the other 2 pieces.
5. Take the two sections you have created and join along the long edge, checking that the middle seams are together. Trim and press the seam.
6. Hem one of the long sides of the rectangle cut from Fabric 3. Mark the buttonholes 2.5 cm in from the hemmed edge, at the centre and 11 cm either side. Cut 3 pieces of fusible interfacing 4 cm square. Fuse the interfacing to the wrong side of the fabric where the buttonholes have been marked. Make the buttonholes in your usual way. (there’s a tutorial here if you need help) I used the buttonhole foot on my sewing machine. If you do not have one, you could bind the buttonholes with bias binding instead.
7. Hem one of the long sides of the rectangle cut from Fabric 4.
8. Take the front piece made in the earlier steps. With right sides together, place the back piece made from Fabric 3 on top of the front section, with the top corners matching and the hemmed edge in the middle. Place the back section made from Fabric 4 face down on top with the hemmed edge in the middle and the bottom corners together. Pin the pieces in place. Sew around the outside edge. Trim seams and cut across the corners. Turn out.
9. Put the cushion inside the cover. Using the buttonholes as a guide, mark where the buttons need to go. Hand sew on the buttons. Find somewhere to put your pretty cushion!