Looking for free sewing patterns for beginners? Try this mini squares cushion pattern as a perfect beginner sewing project. Designed by Marion Elliot using pretty designer fabrics, it will get you started in patchwork and hopefully hooked forever!
You Will Need:
1. For the patchwork on the cushion front, make yourself a card template measuring 5cm (2in) square.
2. Cut 64 squares of fabric. Pin the squares together along one edge, with right sides facing, to make a strip of eight patches. Machine stitch together, using a 1cm (3/8in) seam allowance. Repeat to make seven more strips of eight patches. Press open the seams.
3. Pin two strips together along one long edge, right sides facing and matching seam lines exactly. Machine stitch together. Repeat to join the rest of the strips together, to form a square of eight rows of eight patches. This is the cushion front.
4. Cut a piece of backing fabric the same size as the cushion front. Machine stitch the pieced front to the backing fabric, using a 1cm (3/8in) seam allowance.
5. For an envelope back, cut two pieces of fabric to the same height and two-thirds of the width of the cushion front. Press under a double 1.5cm (5/8in) hem down one long side of each; machine stitch in place.
6. Pin the backs to the cushion front with right sides facing overlapping the hemmed edges to fit. Machine stitch all the way around with a 1.5cm (5/8in) seam allowance. Trim corners and turn through.