There’s a funny old story about me making a cushion when I was at Secondary School…. you see, although I might think that I’m creative and the likes, I absolutely cannot sew for my life! My mother was a seamstress to trade though and the little skill that I did have seemed to provide much hilarity in my house as a child! That old cushion still lives in our family home though, so it must have been made from hardy stuff! Here’s a fab tutorial from Hobbycraft which shows just how easy it is – just in time for Valentine’s Day too!
Scatter cushions are great for adding a splash of colour or interest. Here’s how to make a great looking heart cushion cover that looks more complicated than it really is (don’t tell your friends).
How to Make a Heart Cushion Cover
Time to Make: approx. 1 hour
Skill Level: Beginner
You Will Need
- A jelly roll
- A cushion insert
- Front and back fabric – 2 fat quarters
- A pen, pencil or chalk
- Tape measure
How to Make
- Measure your cushion and cut out a square of fabric to match its height and width.
- Using your tape measure, make a mark 1 ¼ inches from the bottom of the fabric. Then make another mark ¾ of an inch above this.
- Continue to make marks, ¾ of an inch apart until you reach the top of the fabric (you may have a little left over which is ok). Then draw straight lines across the fabric, using your marks as a guide.
- Pick out some jelly roll strips that you like and cut them in half.
- Fold them along their length so that the raw edges meet and press along the fold.
- Lay out the strips on the fabric, once you are happy with the design start sewing the strips by lining up the raw edges with the lines. I have used a quarter of an inch seam allowance.
- Start at the bottom and lay each strip on top of the previous one, until you reach the top and trim away any excess fabric.
- If you are using a square cushion, cut the back fabric 1 inch larger on all sides. If you are using a shaped cushion, draw around it leaving an inch between the mark and the pad.
- Cut out the back and use it as a template to cut out a matching piece from the front jelly roll covered fabric.
- Line up the two pieces and pin together.
- Sew around the edge using a narrow seam allowance, I’ve use a quarter of an inch. Tip: remember to leave a large enough gap so that you can turn the cover and insert the cushion pad.
- Once you have finished sewing, trim away any excess fabric from the edge and turn right side out.
Top Tip! . . .
If you are using a shaped cushion pad, clip a little way into the seam along the curved edges. This will help with easing the fabric around the cure and you won’t get any puckering.
- Insert the cushion pad and close up your gap in the cover.