Project by Gill Rich
We all love Christmas decor and why not brighten your sofa with a lovely quilted cushion. This is an easy project to make and you can do as much or as little quilting on it as you wish.
What you will need:- Fat Quarter bundle – I used Craft Cotton Traditional Christmas Co-ordinating threads Scissors or rotary cutter and mat Wadding, 18” square Tape measure or quilters ruler Backing fabric Cushion inner (16” square) All seam allowances are 1⁄4”
To start off your cushion, your starting point is the centre square, Cut a piece of fabric 5.5” square making a focal point of a part of the design, I chose the post box.
Find the centre of your wadding piece and place the centre of the square here. You may if you wish, use a temporary adhesive spray to stick down your square. Quilt this piece to the wadding by stitching approximately 10 straight lines from top to bottom. They do not have to be parallel.
The next section is the two rectangles top and bottom of the square. Cut two pieces of your chosen fabric 5.5” x 3.5”. Lay one piece with right sides together matching the raw edges at the top of the square, Stitch through all layers. Fold back and press. Stitch horizontal lines in the same way as the centre square. Repeat for the other side.
The next two pieces are the two side pieces on the left and right. Cut two rectangles measuring 11” x 3.5”. Stitch these in place in the same way as with the other side. Stitch over the top with vertical lines.
Now for the top piece. Cut two rectangles from your fourth fabric measuring 12” x 3.5”. Place one piece with right sides together across the top of the pieces already stitched. Stitch in place, fold over and press. Stitch your quilting lines horizontally, again not necessarily parallel. Repeat for the other side.
The final two pieces you need to cut from the same fabric but measuring 18” x 3.5”. Stitch in place as before and quilt your lines in a vertical manner.
The next stage is to make the envelope back. Cut two pieces of fabric measuring 16” x 10.5”. On one of the long edges, turn over half an inch and press. Fold over again and press the stitch along this edge. Repeat for the other piece.
Place your cushion front right side up. Take your two back pieces and place with right sides down so that the seamed edges are in the centre of the cushion. Pin all the way round to secure then stitch around the edge with a 1⁄2” seam allowance.
Trim the corners and turn your cushion right side out poking out the corners with a sharp tool. Give your cushion a good press and pop your cushion pad inside and enjoy your handiwork !
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Made by Gill Rich for The Craft Cotton Company 2020