I've been spending a fair bit of time recently making patchwork cushion covers. I love the effect of using lots of different colours and fabrics, and thought I'd share my method here.
You will need:
~ A cushion pad (the one I'm using is 40cm x 40cm but it can be whatever size you'd like)
~ Some fabric
~ Fabric scissors
~ Tailors' chalk (a pen does the job too!)
~ A sewing machine (you can also sew this project by hand but it's a lot quicker to use a sewing machine if you can)
~ A zip
~ An iron
~ An iron
1) Measure out the squares for the patches. For a 40cm x 40cm cushion pad, I would usually use 10cm x 10cm squares, leaving about 1cm seam allowances on each edge. As I am using four different fabrics, I need to cut out 8 patches for each.
|measure 10cm x 10cm, leaving|
a seam allowance of 1cm
|Eight patches from each fabric|
2) When you have the patches, lay them out on a surface in the arrangement you'd like. This will make it easier to track your progress once you start sewing.
|Lay out your patches in the|
arrangement you want them
3) Take the first two patches you want to sew together. I usually go from the top left corner and work my way along a row.
With the right* sides together (*the sides you want to be able to see on the finished thing, usually the pattern is paler on the 'wrong' side), pin along one side and sew.
|Put two patches on top|
of each other, right sides
together, and pin along one side
4) Take out the pins and open up the two patches. Place the next square along on top and pin along one side again. Sew these two together, unpin and open up again. You should now have a row of three patches. Continue in this way until you have reached the end of the row.
|Sew a row of|
5) Iron the seams flat by opening a seam and ironing along it. This will make the overall finish much smoother and neater.
|5a) Open the seam|
|5b) Iron along the seam|
to keep it open
|Sew the two rows together|
|Iron the long seam flat|
7) Continue in the same way until all the rows are sewn together. This will be the front of the cushion cover.
8) Do four more rows in the same way, and then sew two of them to each other. Sew the other two together as well. You should have two large rectangles.
|Two large patchwork rectangles|
|Pin the zip right side down|
|When the pins have|
been removed and it
has been opened up, it
should look something
10) Place the other rectangle on top of this, right side down, lining up the edge with the zip, so that the zip will end up in the middle of the two rectangles when you have opened them up. Pin along this and sew. Remove the pins and open it up. This is the back of your cushion cover. At this stage you can sew up the gap between the two halves of the cover.
|Pin the other rectangle|
to the zip as well
|This is what it |
should look like
once the pins are
out and it has
11) Place the front of the cushion cover face-down on top of the back. Pin along three edges and sew them together. Reaching up inside the cushion cover, open the zip, and then pin and sew the final edge. The sides that you want to be visible should be on the inside of the cushion cover and the zip should be open.
| Be sure to leave one side|
open so that you can reach in
and open the zip!
|The back of the empty finished|
|The front of the empty finished|
13) Put the cushion pad inside the cushion cover and zip it up, and you're done!
|Stuff the cushion pad|
into the cushion cover!
(this is the fun bit...)
|The front of the |
|The back of the|
Of course you can always change this method by using different measurements, shapes and so on, and if you wanted you could even adapt it for things other than a cushion cover. If you do, let me know so I can have a go too! I hope this tutorial helps you!
Thoughts? Questions? Leave me a comment!