Spring Cushion Tutorial

Happy Friday everyone!!

Do you remember a few days ago I introduced to another member of our blogging team? Well Julie of Mack and Mabel is here today with a fabulous tutorial so you can have a go at making a gorgeous Spring like appliqued cushion!

Hi, I’m Julie and I’m really excited to be part of the Simply Solids blogging team.

I blog at www.mackandmabel.blogspot.co.uk and I love anything to do with sewing. I’m always up for a challenge and I love working with Kona solids, so when Justine asked me to make something, I jumped at the chance. Even small scraps can be made into something useful and that’s just what I’ve done with the lovely bunch of goodies Justine sent me.

I’ve made a cushion cover which, as luck would have it, is just right for sitting outside and enjoying the lovely Spring-like weather we’re having.

It’s very quick and simple to make and has an envelope back (no pesky zips to sew in!) It fits an 18” cushion pad.

All you need is 39” (1 metre) of Wickerweave for the background, and an assortment of Kona solid scraps for the stem and leaves.

The stem is pieced into the cushion front.

and the leaves are backed with Bondaweb, a fusible adhesive, and ironed in place.

I used a machine zigzag stitch to edge the leaves, but you could blanket stitch by hand if you prefer.

Using a thread that matched the Wickerweave meant that I didn’t have to keep changing colour for each set of leaves – that would have sent me totally scatty!!

I then made a quilt sandwich in the normal way. I pin basted it.

then outline quilted round the leaves first and finally quilted horizontal straight lines 1” apart across the rest.

The back of the cushion cover is 2 folded pieces of fabric that overlap by about 6”. This photo shows the first one in place.

The second one just lies on top to cover the base and then you sew round all 4 sides. Trim the corners, to give nice sharp points to your cushion cover and turn right side out.

The double layer of backing fabric and good amount of overlap means you have a nice back your cushion cover, which doesn’t gape or go floppy with use. Once the cushion cover was made all that was left to do was to grab a cup of tea and a good book and curl up with it in the sunshine!

I wasn’t totally lazy though!

I created a PDF with the full instructions for making the cushion cover and a template for the orange peel shape leaf.

If you want to have a go at making one yourself, just download it here

Well I’m sure you’ll agree this is a great tutorial and I for one think this would make an awesome Mother’s Day gift!!