Bob the Minion Reading Cushion Sewing Tutorial
Updated: Jul 12
Project by Jo Eldred
Have you got any Minions crazy kids in your family? Unless they have been under a rock I'm sure you have! Follow this simple sewing tutorial and create a Bob the Minion reading cushion. THE best gift for any little Minion.
4 main fabrics (including 2 from the new Minions Fat Quarter collection)
Instructions 1. Make the Eyes- For accuracy I used a plate as a stencil for the eyes.
I placed it on the black and white fabrics and the clear PVC, and drew a circle around it.
As I am making two eyes, I placed the plate side by side to make a large 8.
I then cut out a smaller circle from the black and stitched the rings together, and turned it.
On this side I added the white fabric, a large button and the PVC (the button will move around).
I then snipped small cuts into the inner ring, turned it under and stitched.
2. Make the Front- Take the yellow and blue homespun fabric and cut them so they are 16" x 16".
The blue homespun fabric will be used for the book pocket, so you will need to fold it in half, and place it on top of the front piece.
I added a black velvet band to the blue pocket
3. Make the Envelope Back- I took 2 Minion Fat Quarters and cut both 16" x 12".
I then found a lovely technique to use Bias Binding instead of folding over the raw edge.
4. Attaching the eyes- I placed the black eye on the front pocket and stitched a half circle around the bottom half of the eye to attach it to the blue.
For the white I stitched under the bottom half of the eyes and then did a zigzag stitch between the two eyes.
5. Final steps- I lay the front pocket onto the front fabric and the back piece on top (right sides together). I then stitched ¼ seam allowance around all 4 sides.
I snipped the points from the corners so that when you turn them out you get a nice crisp corner (the eyes once stitched will appear just over the top of the pocket).
If you wish to not have a pocket the whole process can be made and stitched to the front of the cushion in an applique style.
Written by JoAnne Eldred for The Craft Cotton Co 2023.