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The Grinch Reading Cushion Applique Tutorial

Project by Emma Taylor

Fabric: Grinch - Dr Seuss Books – Organic Cotton Prints (2962-04)

What You Will Need:

  • 0.75m of Grinch fabric

  • Scraps of two coordinating colours (I used purple and green)

  • Bondaweb

  • Sewing machine

  • Threads

  • Basic sewing kit

  • 16” x 16” Cushion insert

What to Cut From Fabric:

  • 16” x 16” square of main fabric cushion front

  • 2 x 16” x 10” for the envelope back of the cushion

  • 1 x 16” x 8” for the front pocket that will hold the book

  • Cut 3 hearts that are backed with bondaweb cut 1 5” heart 1 4” heart and 1 3” heart


Step One: Cut all the above pieces of fabric and bond where needed. I used my cricut to cut out three heart templates for me to trace.

Step Two: On the two back pieces (the 16” x 10” pieces) then sew a half inch hem.

Do the same to the 16” x 8” piece.

This creates the perfect neat finish that we want on our project.

Step Three: Position your three hearts on the front panel and iron into place. I have chosen to layer mine, but you can position yours wherever you need. When they are ironed in place this is when you can sew around them. I chose a lovely blanket stitch to sew around mine.

Step Four: Now all your pieces are ready for construction. Lay the main piece pattern facing you. Then lay the appliqued piece on top facing you also.

Then take your two back pieces and lay them pattern facing down make sure the folds overlap to make the envelope back.

Then pin the whole sandwich together.

Step Five: Sew a ¼” seam all the way around the cushion. After you complete the stitching it is optional to go around again with a zig zag stitch. This just means that the inside of your project will look as perfect as the outside.

Now you are all done with a lovely applique front reading cushion.

Thank you so much for following along to this blog!

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Made by Emma Taylor for The Craft Cotton Co 2023.

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