Christmas Cushion with Matching Bunting
Project by Michelle Roberts AKA Creative Blonde
Fabric: Foraging in the Forest
Sizes: Cushion measures 16” x 16” and the bunting can be altered in length by adding or reducing the amount of trees. Each tree measures 7 ½” x 5” at the widest points.
Begin by cutting your fabric pieces to make the trees
Print the Tree template, at the end of this tutorial, cut out and draw around the shape onto cardstock - Cut out.
Cut pieces measuring 5” x 7 ½” from your chosen fabric, you will need a front piece, a back piece and a wadding piece (Vlieseline x50). Multiplied by the number of trees you desire
Let’s start making Christmas Trees
Draw around your cardstock template onto the backing fabric with a fabric chalk pencil, Fuse/pin all three layers together and stitch along the drawn line.
Cut around the stitched line using pinking shears about ⅜” from stitches, join to cotton tape to enable you to hang your Christmas tree bunting.
Using two Christmas trees, we can now go on to make our quilted cushion.
Cut two backing pieces for the cushion measuring 16” x 11” - I choose solid black.
Fold and press over ¼” twice, along one of the longest edges, top stitch this seam, and repeat on the second backing piece.
Cut a 16” square from forest green fabric for the front of your cushion, along with a 16” square of Vlieseline x50 wadding.
Pin your Christmas trees into position on the cushion cover and sew over the previous stitched lines.
Fuse the wadding to the front cover of your cushion, and quilt using your preferred method, I decided to go for a contour pattern, this is created by FMQ and slowing increasing the spaces from your previous stitched line to create a ripple effect.
This quilted front panel can now be sewn to the backing, do this by pinning the front RST with the two backing pieces (be sure to lay the finished edge in the centre).
Stitch using a ½” seam allowance, to add strength, do this twice.
Snip away excess fabric from corners and turn right side out and press.
Insert a 15” cushion pad.
Made by Michelle Roberts for The Craft Cotton Co 2022.