Wednesday, 28 October 2015

Patched Pumpkin Cushion

One week closer to Halloween and I have a cute way to use the Patched Pumpkin black from last week - if you missed it, you can find it here.

I am afraid that we can no longer pretend that we are still in 'late summer' now. It really is autumn and nature is not backward about rubbing our noses in it.

Leaves are falling before our very eyes

Everything is moving through the orange and  red spectrum to brown

And the shadows on the trees feel deathly and cold

Brrrr! Well it is stay indoors weather so let's nest! 

Cushions make the house a home. They can change the look of a room quite cheaply and they make a cold day feel, well, less cold. Best of all, they can be made from scraps and quite small pieces so the cost is potentially low. To add to the frugality, I have recycled my cushion by reusing an old insert. It was only the outside that needed a boost. Here is this week's offering...

Cosy! And very easy to make.

So what do we need this time?
These requirements are to make a cover for a cushion 50cm x 50cm.
-a 50cm sq. cushion insert
- your pumpkin patch from last week's post
-some grey Essex yarn dyed linen (a fat quarter will do the job)
-272 Thermolam wadding from Vilene which you can get here.
-some fabric for the back of your cushion- again, a fat quarter is all that you will need.
-maybe something interesting to make a label. Have a look at that tute here.
-black and white bias binding
-your usual sewing/quilting needs

To begin with, the BOM this time is a little larger than ideal so I will begin by trimming the outer rows back by 4cm all around.

Now cut two pieces of linen 8cm x 40cm and sew one to the top and one to the bottom of the pumpkin patch....

Cut two more 8cm x 50cm and attach to the sides....

Lay this over a piece of wadding that is 2cm all around larger than the ironed block.
Quilt 1/2 cm each side of each seam going straight onto the linen each time

here is another view

When you have finished the quilting, trim the wadding back to the size of the top and make sure that everything is square.

Add your label if you are using one. I have used Kraft-tex because I love the faux leather look that it has. Fabric tape and even a piece of linen works well too.

I love the little pop of red provided by the ribbon scrap tucked in to the side of the label.

Take your backing fabric and with the wrong sides together sew around the outer edge leaving a gap to insert the cushion. Do this and then close the gap.

Bind the raw edges of the cover with your bias binding.....

Just love the way that the black and white works with the Autumn colours. By the way, if you want to make some black and white bias binding - it can be hard to find on the market, choose a black and white striped fabric with diagonal stripes - then it will come out as straight bars like mine when you cut it on the diagonal to make your binding.

That's how you make a cushion folks! This is an easy method and you don't have to back the quilted top because it will be hidden inside the cushion cover. 

No zipper is needed because all of the materials are washable so you can just put the whole thing into the washing machine. Bliss!

Love and hugs
Debbie xxx