If you've been following me for a while you'll know how much I love this cushion cover. You may even recognise it from the now retired Quilted Cushion Cover Tutorial I wrote quite some time ago. I decided it was time to release this great pattern as a free PDF, so I took the opportunity and jazzed up the tutorial too.
The free PDF pattern can be found here: Ombré Cushion Cover Free PDF Pattern
This tutorial and free PDF pattern are made possible due to the sponsorship of the fabulous team over at The Oz Material Girls.
- Eleven 2 ½’’ x 16'' coordinating strips of fabric for the Cushion Front. Strips from a jelly roll are great for this project.
- Two 14 ½’’ x 10 ½’’ rectangles for the Cushion Back.
- Size 14 cushion (36cm x 36cm).
- (Optional) Batting, approximately 16'' x 16''.
- (Optional) Scrap fabric for quilting the Cushion Front, slightly larger than the batting. This will end up on the inside of the cushion so it doesn't need to be anything fancy.
Use a ¼’’ seam allowance unless otherwise stated.
Decide on the order in which you would like the strips to appear on the Cushion Front. E.g. darkest to lightest. I find taking a photo and viewing it through my camera phone can really help when making decisions with fabric.
With right sides together, sew the eleven 2 ½’’ x 16’’ strips, in order, along the long edge. Pinning the strips prior to sewing can help prevent them stretching.
Note: I recommend using a smaller than normal stitch length to help keep the stitches in place when you sub-cut them later. There is no need to backstitch at the start or end of the strips.
|Sew the strips in order|
I apologise for the different fabric in the next two images. My original photos were not clear enough and it seemed like a waste to redo the entire tutorial for the sake of two photos.
|Press the seams in alternating directions.|
Note: Aligning the horizontal lines of your ruler with the seam lines will help with keeping the cut straight.
|Trim the edge, using the seamlines as a guide|
|Sub-cut 2 1/2'' strips using the seamlines as a guide|
|Six 2 1/2'' strips|
Note: This image is simply to show the staggering of the strips. You will sew them with right sides together and raw edges aligned.
|Stagger the strips|
|Seams nesting neatly|
Keeping the raw edges aligned and seams nested together, sew the strips together. Press the seam in any direction.
|Sew the first two strips, keeping the seam aligned.|
|Continue until all six strips are sewn|
Note: Try and keep the cut as neat as possible, going through the intersection of each seam. The first and last squares will be slightly off due to the seam allowance. Don’t panic if things don’t line up perfectly. Just be as accurate as you can.
|Cut through the diagonal|
|Diagonal cut made|
|Switch the pieces|
|Sew the strips, staggering the seams|
|Cushion Front panel complete|
Note: If you are quilting your Cushion Front you may choose to not trim until after the quilting is complete.
|Trimmed Cushion Front|
This step is entirely optional but looks fantastic and can add interesting texture to your cushion.
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 pins (they're not my friend).
|Baste the layers|
|Quilting on the front|
|How awesome is the back??|
|Quilted and trimmed|
Take the two 14 ½’’ x 10 ½’’ Cushion Back rectangles.
On each piece separately, fold one long edge down 1/2'', press and then down another 1/2'' and press again.
|Fold the long edge 1/2'' then 1/2'' again|
|Sew the hem in place|
|Lay Cushion Front right side up|
|First Cushion Back piece in place|
|Second Cushion Back piece in place|
Note: I like a snug fit so use a 1/2'' seam allowance, making the cushion cover slightly smaller than the cushion size. If you have quilted your cover, or are worried about the cushion not fitting, use a 1/4'' seam allowance.
If desired, finish the seams with an overlocker or zigzag stitch.
Turn the cushion right side out and...
I would love to see your finished cushions so be sure to share your creations on my Facebook Page or on Instagram using the hashtag #sewtodaypattern.
Visit the following pages for more hints and tips on creating your Ombré Cushion Cover.
Join me here tomorrow when I announce the exciting Ombré Cushion Sew Along and Competition sponsored by the fabulous...