How to sew a quilted patchwork cushion cover*

Sew a set of stylish chair cushions - part 3

Time to sew the final chair cushion! I've so enjoyed creating these tutorials and really hope you've enjoyed them too! To complete the set I've gone for a patchwork cushion with a quilted effect to add a little cottage charm.

You will need:
Fabrics - here's all the Sew Crafty ones I used
Batting/wadding 2mm thick
Tracing paper and pencil
Cushion pad
Sewing machine
Tape measure

How to:
1. To create your pattern draw a 38cm square onto the tracing paper. If your cushion pads are a different size to mine, just make the square a few centimeters smaller than your cushion to make it nice and fitted. Draw your stripe pattern on top and mark the fabric you'll use for each stripe.

2. Cut up your pattern into the stripes (take a photo of it first in case you forget which order you placed the stripes in!).

3. This way of making your pattern doesn't include a seam allowance, so pin your pattern to your fabric and mark a 1.5cm seam allowance on each short edge and a 1cm seam allowance on each long edge and then cut out.

4. Place your first two stripes right side together, then pin and sew a 1cm seam down one of the long edges. 

5. Keep adding the stripes, right side together until you have completed the front of the cushion. Press seams open on the back.

6. Cut a square of batting slightly larger than your cushion front. Place the batting underneath your cushion front then pin and sew down each seam on the right side. Go slowly to get a neat finish.

7. The cushion backs are an envelope finish, so that they don't need a zip. To make them cut two fabric squares 41cm wide x 30cm high. Then on one long edge of each piece pin and sew a 1.5cm seam allowance. 

8.Take your ribbon and  cut  it into four pieces, make sure they are long enough to reach from your cushion and tie around your chair back - I tested mine against my chair and made them 25cm long.

9. Lay your two back squares on top of each other with right sides facing up. Then position your cushion ties, also facing inwards, at this point it's a good idea to go and test against your chair again to make sure they're in the right place.

10. Lay your cushion front on top and with the right side facing down, pin and sew a 1.5cm seam allowance around the edge. Then cut off the excess fabric at each corner, being careful not to cut your seam. This will make the corners sharper when you turn it out.

Finally, turn the right way out and fill with a cushion pad.

Here’s all four of the set together, I love how they’ve turned out! You can find the tutorial for the geometric cushion here and the tartan effect cushion here

Happy sewing :)

*some of the materials for this project were supplied by Sew Crafty, but all tutorials and opinions are my own


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