X Foundation Paperpieced Cushion Tutorial
Updated: Jul 2, 2020
Project by Jo Hart
Finished size measures 18"
What you will need:
2 fat quarter packs in 2 different colourways
2 fat quarters for backing
20" square of batting
18" cushion pad
Understanding the templates
The printed side of your template will be the reverse side of your finished block.
The dotted outside lines are the seam allowances (1/4”).
The solid black lines are the sew lines.
The letters indicate the different sections.
The numbers show the order of sewing.
Print out 6 pages of templates and cut each template apart on the outer dashed line. Cut the fabric pieces for each section as you sew the templates.
On the reverse side of template A, place a tiny dot of temporary glue in the middle of section A1 and place your corresponding fabric on top, right side up. Ensure the entire section is covered plus at least ¼” extra all the way around. A good way to check is to hold your template up to the light.
Turn the template back over and fold along the solid line between sections A1 and A2, using a ruler, trim the edge of the fabric ¼” beyond the folder paper, being careful not to cut into the paper.
Unfold the template and place your fabric for A2 right sides together against the edge of A1. Make sure that when sewn, the fabric will cover the whole of A2 plus ¼” seam allowance the whole way around. Pin into place.
With the printed side of the template facing up, sew along the line between sections A1 and A2, starting and ending 2-3 stitches beyond the printed line.
Press the fabric open.
Repeat step 3 to trim the fabric ¼” beyond the line between Sections A2 and A3. Add the A3 fabric following steps 4-5. Once the template is complete trim down to the outer dashed lines
Repeat steps 2-6 to make the remaining blocks.
Once all the blocks are sewn, lay them out in the order you like and sew together into 6 rows of 6 using 1/4" seam allowances. Remove the paper templates, gently tearing along the seam lines.
Make a quilt sandwich by layering you backing fabric, batting and cushion top together, baste and quilt as desired. Trim to a 18 1/2” square.
From backing fabric cut 2 pieces 13” x 18 ½” and on one piece fold over ¼” along the long edge, Press. Fold over another ¼”, press again and topstitch into place.
Cut a contrasting strip of fabric measuring 2” x 18 ½”, fold in half lengthwise with wrong sides together and press, fold the outside edges into the centre and press again, fold in half again on the first centre fold line and press to complete the binding. Attach the binding to the other piece of backing fabric measuring 13” x 18 ½” along the long edge and topstitch into place.
Place your cushion front right side up and layer your first piece of backing fabric 13” x 18 ½” on top right side down, lining up the raw edges with the top and sides. Layer your second piece of backing fabric 13” x 18 ½” on top right side down, lining up the raw edges with the bottom and sides. Pin and sew all the way around using ¼” seam allowance. Trim the corners being careful not to cut into the stitching and zig zag stitch all the way around. Turn your cushion right side out and insert your cushion pad to finish.
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Made by Jo Hart for The Craft Cotton Company 2020