This patchwork cushion with appliqué hearts is perfect for makers with scraps of fabric to use up. And with a handy envelope back, the cushion cover can easily be removed and washed. These cushions are great little sewing ideas.
by Jenny Arnott
You Will Need:
- Heart Cushion Pattern
- Fabrics for cushion front:
We used: Tilda Christmas House Big Spot Red, , Rose White, Dots Red, Red Stripe and Jane Pink
- Fabric for cushion back: One piece 25cm x 39cm (97?8in x 153?8in), One piece 28cm x 39cm (11in x 153?8in)
We used: Tilda Gingham Pink
- Red and pink sewing thread
We used: Gutermann colours 909 and 660
- 1m (1¼yd) lightweight interlining
1. Make a square template from card measuring 8.5cm x 8.5cm (33?8in x 33?8in). Iron interlining onto the back of your patterned Tilda fabrics, then use the template to cut out 25 squares. Arrange the squares in a 5 x 5 grid.
2. Using the template, cut a heart from card and use to cut out 13 hearts from your fabrics.
3. Place the hearts on alternate squares; stitch using red thread.
4. Place two squares together with right sides facing. Machine stitch down one vertical edge with a 6mm (¼in) seam allowance. Press the seam open. Work along the row until all five squares are joined in a line. Repeat for the next four rows, then stitch all five rows together in the same way to form a square. Press the seams open.
5. To make the envelope back, first fold over and stitch a narrow double hem down one long edge of each cushion back piece.
6. With right sides facing, pin the hemmed rectangles to the cushion front with the hemmed edges overlapping. Machine stitch together around the sides with a 6mm (¼in) seam allowance, using light pink thread. Remove the pins, then trim the corners to reduce bulk. Turn your finished cushion cover the right way out through the envelope back. Press and insert a 38cm (15in) cushion pad.