Tuesday, 12 October 2010

Patchwork cusion

I promised in an early blog post that I would start writing some tutorials, but I always seem to follow other peoples patterns so there is no need! However I've just finished making a patch work cuschion from my growing fabric stash which I wanted to share, I think it's just lovely!

Here it is, looking very comfy on my un-finished Granny Stripe. The process is a little time consuming at the beginning, setting everything up but I promise it is well worth it. I've used 5 different fabrics here:

Patch work cushion

Corners:

1. Take fabric's a and b and cut a strip of each measuring 7" x 3.5" / 16cm x 8cm

2. Cut the strips in half to make squares measuring 3.5" x 3.5" / 8cm x 8cm

Patch work cushion

Middles


3. Still using fabrics a and b, cut a smaller strip measuring 5" x 2.5" / 12cm x 6cm

4. Cut these strips in half to make small 2.5" x 2.5" / 6cm x 6cm squares

Patch work cushion

5. Take fabric e and cut a square measuring 5" x 5" / 12cm x 12cm.

6. Cut in four equal smaller squares measuring 2.5" x 2.5" / 6cm x 6cm

Patch work cushion

Sides:

7. Take fabric d and cut a strip measuring 14" x 7" / 32cm x 15cm

8. Cut into 4 equal pieces measuring 3.5" x 7" / 8cm x 15cm

Patch work cushion

Triangles:

9. Take fabric c and cut a strip measuring 14" x 7" / 32cm x 15cm

10. Cut into 8 equal squares measuring 3.5" x 3.5" / 8cm x 8cm

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Seams:

11. Draw a border around each piece 0.25" (1/4") / 0.25cm from the edge.

Patch work cushion

Making up the triangles:

12. Take one piece of fabric c and lay it on top of a piece of fabric d. Draw a line diagonally from the top middle to the bottom corner

Patchwork cushion

Patchwork cushion

13. Sew diagonally down the line.

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14. Fold the triangle back and press.

Patchwork cushion

15. Repeat for the opposite side.

Patchwork cushion

16. Do this for the remaining 3 sides.

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17. Stop for some cake. This step is very important!

Patchwork cushion

Making up the middle:

18. Take 3 small squares of a, b and e.

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19. Turn over and sew down the seam lines.

Patchwork cushion

Patchwork cushion

20. Repeat with the remaining middles to make a pattern like this:

b e a
e d e
a e b

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21. Sew all three strips together.

Patchwork cushion

Making up the sides:

22. Take the triangle pieces and attach the larger squares of a and b to the ends, alternating with a at the top of one piece and the bottom of the other.

Patchwork cushion

Those of you with a keen eye will notice I have sewn the ends on wrong here! I un-picked and re-sewed them but forgot to take a photo!

Final assembly:

23. Sew the remaining two triangle pieces to the middle square

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24. Then sew the sides to the middle.

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25. Almost time for a cup of tea! Now time for the back. I usually put zips on my cushions but you need an extra wide seam at the bottom which I forgot to do. I have opted for a flap instead and may put buttons on it at some point.

Patchwork cushion

26. Lightly press. Now definitely time for a brew!

Patchwork cushion

This is a modified version (only slightly) of this tutorial on About.com. I found the sizes they gave were a lot bigger as it was for a quilt and not a cushion, so I have reduced things down a little.

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