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Flora and Fauna Quilted Cushion

Wow! What a better way to brighten these winter days with this lovely ‘Flora & Fauna’ fabric By Craft Cotton Company, by making such a bright pillow for your home. Made from Jelly Roll and Fat Quarter packs its great to make use of both, you can pick the colours you love most!

What you will need to make a standard 16 x 16 cushion - two colours of your fat quarter pack - four colours from your jelly roll - cutting mat - rotary cutter or fabric scissors - ruler - 16x16 cushion insert - thread - pins - wadding

How to make your cushion Step 1

First you will need to start by measuring your jelly rolls, you will require four colours. With each colour you will need to measure two 2 1/2 inch x 8 1/2inch strips and another two measuring at 2/12 inch x 4 inch. Once all four colours have been cut you will have - 8 of the 2 1/2 x 8 1/2 inch 8 of the 2 1/2 x 4 1/2 inch These will make up your pattern within the centre of the cushion.

Step 2

Next you will need to cut out the corner pieces of your fabric. I've chosen to use a colour from the fat quarter pack to make the four corner pieces. These will measure 4 1/2 x 4 1/2 inch

With these measurements you are allowing a 1/4 inch seam allowance for when piecing together. I like to use my 1/4 inch foot when quilting on my machine but you can always use the guides on your machine also.

Step 3 Then begin to piece the two larger jelly roll colours together and stitch on the machine & press down the seam once sewn

Step 4

Now, piece together the two smaller jelly rolls in the colour I'll be looking to use on the following patch, once these are sewn together i can then sew the corner piece on and press.

Step 5 Then you will need to sew together the two pieces of the larger strips withe the smaller strips and corner pieces and press, ta-da! That's one of your four sections for the front of the cushion completed!

Step 6 You’ll then need to repeat this process with the other three sections and once completed join and press all four together.

Step 7

This is now where you add the wadding to the completed front panel, I like to just add some plain cotton to the back to ‘sandwich’ together for quilting and pin in place. You may prefer to tack in place with some cotton before quilting on the machine.

Step 8 Quilt the front panel as desired :) and once quilted trim the excess wadding and backing cotton off to meet your front panel.

Woohoo! So you have completed the front panel, your almost there to having a really lovely cushion. How to make the envelope back piece Envelope cushions are quick and easy to do and simple for getting your cushion in and out when needing to wash. For this you'll need to take one of your fat quarter pieces. Step 1

Measure and cut two pieces measuring 16 1/2 inch x 11 inches.

Step 2 Fold and hem the edges of the two pieces that will be centre of the envelope opening as pictured.

Step 3 Now place the pieces pretty side fabric down to pretty side fabric of your front panel one under the other, this is what creates the envelope opening. Pin in place and sew 1/4 inch all the way around the edge of the fabric.

Step 4

Trim the corners with scissors/rotary cutter, this will allow the corners to turn out.

Step 5 Turn inside out, insert cushion and there you have it! Your lovely cushion which will brighten your home!

You can follow the measurements and always use more colours from your jelly roll to add extra colour! I hope you've enjoyed making this wonderful little cushion.

Made by Danni Watts for The Craft Cotton Company 2017

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