Personalised Reading Cushion
Updated: Apr 14
For an 18” cushion pad I make a 16” cover, this allows it to look full and plump.
You will need per cushion:
3 FQ in chosen colours 3 contrasting buttons/kam snaps 60cm 1 – 1.5cm wide ribbon matching thread 1 cushion pad
items for applique, such as temporary spray glue/Bondaweb, fabric scraps
For the front cut 1 fat quarter 16.5” square (for this you will use a ¼” seam allowance), for pocket cut an oblong 16.5” x 9” in another fat quarter (please note if you have a pattern with a nap the long edges are the tip and the bottom of the pocket), for the back cut 2 of 16.5” x 9” in another fat quarter.
At this stage you can apply any decoration to the pocket that you with, such as appliqueing their name or embroidery. When appliqueing I use bondaweb or spray temporary glue then I use a zig-zag or decorative stitch around the edges of the shape, you could always try free-motion embroidery.
Take the pocket and back pieces and press to the wrong side on one of the long edges ¼” then ½” and stitch in place. Press well.
Place the decorated pocket on the front of the cushion cover front, wrong side (pocket) to right side (cushion front), tack in place.
Take the back and lay the hemmed edges over each other and pin/tack in place.
Please the backs and fronts together, right sides facing. Stitch all around, trim away the bulkiness of the corners and neaten all edges together.
Unpick all tacking and turn right sides out. Give the cover a good press.
Attach Kam snap/button/ribbons to fasten back closed. Place cushion pad inside.
You can also add a carry handle, do this by taking a strip of fabric (to the length you want) x 2.5” fold in half lengthways, sew ¼” in from the raw edge, turn right sides out and press. Please on top seam in-between the front and back and sew in place.
For a bow make strip as above 3” long and place as a loop in between the carry handle. Make the bow by taking fabric 21” x 6”, fold in half-length ways and sew around all the edges, leaving a 2” gap for turning. Trim seam allowance and corners, turn to right sides out, ladder stitch gap closed and press well. Feed bow through loop and arrange to look like a bow. To hold bow in place hand stitch in place on back of loop.
Made by Stephanie Marsh for The Craft Cotton Company 2018