Love & Romance Ring Cushion
Project by Stephanie Marsh
You will need:
2 fat quarters (different colours)
1M 3mm ribbon
2 white beads
Matching thread (I also used metallic gold thread for the applique)
Finished size – 10” x 9”
Seam allowance throughout ¼”
1. Cut out the following:
Main fabric – 1 off 10.5” x 9.5”
Contrast/back fabric – 1 off 10.5” x 9.5”
Contrast – two mirror imaged doves (see attached), you can download one from the internet or draw one yourself).
2. On the Bondaweb trace the dove images (remember to make them mirror imaged). Roughly cut them on and iron them onto the wrong side of the contrast fat quarters. Neatly cut them out.
3. Using a pin score the backing paper of the Bondaweb and place the letters where you want them to sit. Pin in place and using a steam iron set them in place, lightly first, then remove the pin and press in place.
4. Using a close zig zag stitch or a decorative stitch, stitch all around the letter to permanently fix it in place.
5. Cut the 3mm ribbon in half, then fold in half and place each piece in the bird beak at the centre point of the ribbon, hand or machine sew in place.
6. Take the back piece and with right sides together with the front dove piece sew around all 4 edges, leaving a gap of about 2” for turning, be careful to keep the ribbons out of the way.
7. Trim the corners.
8. Turn the right sides out through the gap. Press.
9. Stuff firmly, just use a small bit at a time, tease the stuffing as you go. Stuff firmly into the corners first.
10. When you have the cushion to the firmness you like, pin and latter stitch the gap closed.
11. Using the strong thread thread a long needle and take the needle from the back, leaving a long tail, to the front through the beak.
12. Thread a bead onto the needle and down the thread onto the doves beak, feed the needle back down to the back, near to where you brought it up.
13. From the back, tie each of the ends together, pulling slightly tight to make an indentation. Tie once again and check secure. Trim ends.
14. Repeat with the other bead/beak.
To see more from Stephanie follow her on Instagram @stephanie_j_marsh.
Made by Stephanie Marsh for The Craft Cotton Co 2022.