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Pretty Patchwork Cushion

Beginner sewing project


This pretty crazy patchwork cushion is the perfect project for children and newcomers to sewing. Lots of practice using scissors, sewing straight lines and using an iron. A lovely way of using those beautiful scraps of fabric you simply cannot throw away.

 

You will need...
 Fabrics for making a scrappy cushion

 40cm of 112 cm wide cotton fabric, for the back of the cushion and to frame the front of the cushion

4 squares of plain cotton fabric 16cm x 16cm, to support the crazy patchwork

1 cushion pad 35cm x 35cm

Sewing thread

Scraps of fabric for the crazy patchwork

 

Notes

Use a 1cm seam throughout.

 

 To Sew

Preparing fabric for making a cushion

 Cut 2 pieces (26cm x 38cm for the back of the cushion)

Cut 2 pieces (6cm x 30cm for the top and bottom edges of the front cushion)

Cut 2 pieces (6cm x 38cm for the side edges of the front cushion)

 

Neaten the edges of cushion panels

 Fold over the longer edge (38cm) on each back piece by 1cm and press. Fold over 1cm again and press. Machine stitch the folded edge.

 

How to make crazy patchwork

Cut a piece of fabric and place in the centre of a cotton square.

The easiest shape to work with has four irregular sides.

 

Adding pieces for crazy pathwork

 Select the next piece ensuring it is the same length as the side you are going to attach it to.


Attaching the second piece of crazy patchwork

Stitch the second piece in place. Press the patchwork open.

 

Keep adding pieces for crazy patchwork

Select the next piece of fabric and work in the same manner as the first. You can see the patchwork being created to cover the square of cotton fabric.

If the pieces you add extend over the cotton square you can trim them using the cotton square as a guide.

 

Four completed crazy patchwork squares

Here are four completed squares.

 

Making the cushion front

 Stitch two squares together. Then attach to the other two squares.


Adding borders to a cushion cover

Stitch the top and bottom sections to the patchwork. Then add the side pieces.

 

Constructing a cushion cover

Place the back of the cushion over the front of the cushion, right sides together and pin.


Making an envelope back cushion

Place the second back piece in position. It will overlap the first piece to give an envelope opening. Stitch in place and clip the corners. Turn the right way and insert the cushion pad.

 

Make a crazy patchwork quilt

If you enjoyed making the cushion you could use the same method to work a much larger piece to make a quilt.

 

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