I need some new cushions for my lounge room, so I think this is a great opportunity to add some brightness to the room, and to give all of the family a reminder of how lucky we all are. So I am making cushions from the Free Thankful Thursday Designs.
This week I have chosen the Thankful, Grateful Blessed Design.
To create my cushions, I generally go straight past the cushion fillers in the shops, these will generally run be from between $8 and $15 dollars each. At my local K-mart, I can purchase a cushion for $5 that I will use as the filler.
I like to create a flange pillow cover (which is a piece of fabric that extends well beyond the seam, giving the pillow a soft, fluttery effect), with an envelope opening simply because it is the easiest to create.
- All seam allowances are 1cm unless otherwise stated.
- 1m bright coloured medium weight cotton drill fabric.
- Cushion, mine is 42cm square, or 16.5”
- Embroidery threads 3 bright contrasting colours
- Bobbin fill
- TearClean© Stabiliser
- Thankful, Grateful, Blessed Design from Julie Hall Design – available as a free design for a further 3 weeks.
- Sewing thread to match your cotton drill fabric
- Embroiders Felt 49cm square
- Measure your cushion (mine is 42cm square)
- Add 7cm to your measurement, to allow for seam allowance and the flange.
- From the main fabric, cut the cushion top (mine will be 49cm square)
- Cut another two pieces of fabric, 49cm x 40cm, which will allow for the overlapping envelope closure.
- Take the main fabric, and using your iron, mark up the centre points of the fabric.
- Using your TearClean© stabiliser, hoop together the TearClean©, Embroiders Felt and Main fabric, ready for embroidery.
- Load your embroidery design, and stitch out your Thankful, Grateful, Blessed Design.
- Once embroidery is complete, press with a warm iron, and remove any excess stabiliser.
- Lay the embroidered fabric, with the design showing on a flat surface.
- Take the two additional pieces of fabric, and lay on top of the cushion cover. Fold back approximately 10cm of the short side of the fabric, and press.
- Repeat step 10 from the opposite side of the cushion, and you should have the entire cushion top covered.
- Pin around the edge of the cushion, and stitch using a 1cm seam allowance.
- Trim away the corners, and turn right sides out and press, ensuring the edges look neat.
- Measure 2.5cm (1”) in around the edge of the cushion, and mark with a chalk marker.
- Pin to ensure the flange doesn’t move as you are stitching, and stitch around the chalk markings.
- To complete the cushion, take your cushion insert and place inside the cushion cover.