|Quilted Cushion Cover Tutorial|
I made my Nan this cushion cover for her birthday and I just couldn't resist sharing the love. These instructions are for a quilted cushion cover but I have provided some suggestions if you want to avoid quilting.
You will need:
- 11 fabric strips, 2.5'' wide x 16'' long. I love using strips from a jelly roll for this as they're already 2.5'' wide and will be in a coordinating fabric range.
- Batting, approximately 16'' x 16''.
- Backing fabric: Two pieces sized 14.5'' x 10.5''
- Scrap fabric for the quilted backing, slightly larger than the batting. This will end up on the inside of the cushion so it doesn't need to be anything fancy.
- Size 14 cushion (36cm x 36cm).
Firstly figure out the order you want the fabric strips to appear in e.g. darkest to lightest. I find taking a photo and viewing it through my camera phone gives me a better idea of how the final product will look.
With right sides together and using a 1/4'' seam, sew the first and second strip along the long edge.
A few points to note:
- You don't need to backstitch at the start or end of the seam.
- I like to set my stitch length shorter to make the seams less likely to unravel when I cut through them later.
- You will see in the photos that I am using a 1/4'' foot on my machine. You don't need to race out and buy one. You can easily use the markings on your machine or place some tape 1/4'' from the needle to use as a guide.
|Sew the first two strips along the long edge.|
|The first two strips sewn together.|
I place a clip or pin on the first strip as a reminder. There has been far too much time spent unpicking after sewing strips to the wrong side lol.
Continue adding strips until you have 11. Now is a great time to double check that you have them in the correct order.
|Eleven strips sewn in order.|
|Press the seams.|
It is important to press the iron down rather than dragging it across the fabric, as you would when ironing clothes. This will help to prevent the fabric from being pulled or stretched.
|All the seams are pressed in the same direction.|
Lay the strips on your cutting mat and straighten one side. Make sure your seams are straight when you do this or you will end up with angled pieces. Ask me how I know ;)
|Neaten the side, making sure the seams are straight.|
Using the straight edge you just cut as a guide, cut 6 x 2.5'' sections. Again, make sure your seams are straight.
|Cut 6, 2.5'' sections, making sure the seams are straight.|
You should now have two groups of three strips. In my case, I have one group with the seams pressed toward the green and another with the seams pressed away from the green.
Take one strip from each group. With right sides together, stagger the strips so the first seam of one strip is lined up with the second seam of the other strip. See where the pen is pointing below?
|Stagger the strips.|
The seams should nest together. This is why you have them pressed in opposite directions.
|The seams will nest together nicely.|
Pin this seam in place. I use Clover Wonderclips in place of pins.
You can continue on and pin the remaining seams along the strip, but I usually don't bother. The distance between them is so small that I find easier just to match them as I sew.
|Pin the first seam.|
Sew the strips together using a 1/4'' seam.
|Sew the strips using a 1/4'' seam.|
A little tip for keeping you seams neat when they're not pinned...
I stop sewing as soon as the needle passes the first seam. I then nest the next seam and hold it in place, with my fingers, as I sew. Once the needle passes that seam I stop and prepare the next and so on until I reach the end. If you take your time and stop at each seam, you will see how easily it falls into place.
|Stop at each seam, prepare the next seam and sew slowly.|
|The first two strips sewn together.|
Press the seam. Unlike earlier, I find it easier to press as I go for these seams.
Continuing adding strips in this method until all six are sewn together. Remember to stagger the strips and press as you go.
|Remember to stagger the strips as you add them.|
|Cut diagonally through the strips.|
|You want to be cutting directly through the middle of each square.|
|You now have two pieces.|
|Switch the pieces around, with the cut edges on the outside.|
Using the same technique we did to join the strips, sew this seam. Remember to nest the seams together and keep the staggered look as shown below.
|Stagger your seams and sew as before.|
How great does that look!!!! It's times like this I really love what I do.
Square off the piece to be roughly 14.5'' x 14.5''. I just slice off the top and bottom triangles...
|Cut off the top and bottom triangles.|
Note: You could do the quilting before you cut the front to size but I don't usually bother for these cushions.
|Cut off the sides to measure 14.5'' x 14.5''.|
|Neat, tidy and ready for quilting.|
Baste your cushion front to the batting and scrap backing fabric. You can use whatever method suits you. Pins, curved safety pins etc. I like to use basting spray. It keeps everything in place and means I can avoid pinning.
|Baste the cushion front, batting and scrap backing fabric.|
|I quilted 1/4'' to each side of the seam.|
I love how the back turned out. I used an aurifil 28 weight thread and it's just gorgeous.
Don't stress if the back gets messy as it will be inside the cushion cover.
|It's almost a shame that this will be hidden inside the cushion.|
|Trim off the excess to complete your cushion front.|
Take your two pieces of backing fabric to hem the long edge (see where the pen is pointing).
|Hem along the long edge.|
|Sew the hem.|
Now we're on the home stretch...
Take the front of the cushion and lay it right side up.
|Front piece, right side up.|
|The first backing piece is placed right side down, with the hem in the centre.|
|The second piece is placed in the opposite direction to the first, with the right side down and the hem in the centre.|
|Sew the four edges, using a 1/4'' seam.|
You have a beautiful quilted cushion.