Appliquéd cushion

Posted by TheDocraftsTeam, 04 Aug, 2017

Mix and match colours and have some fun getting your stitch on, to create your very own cushion cover that is truly one-of-a-kind. There's no right or wrong placement for the pieces - just have a play! Marabu's Textil paints make this project a joy, so pick some colours and let's get painting!

1. Select a medium-weight white cotton to be your base fabric. Trim six pieces to roughly 15 x 20cm and cover each one with Marabu Textil paints, ensuring that the fabric is lying on a scrap of cardstock and not your worktop! We opted for White, Dark Blue, Blackberry, Tangerine, Ruby Red, Glitter Gold and Metallic Gold, though there are many other colours to choose from! For an ombré style panel, dab white and blue paint over the fabric and use a large paintbrush to subtly mix them together with long brush strokes. Trim another panel to 50 x 16cm and paint entirely with the Dark Blue paint. Set aside and leave to dry.

2. Once dry, use the second smallest die in the square nesting set to trim several patches from each colour. Use scissors or a metal ruler, cutting mat and a rotary cutter to chop each square in half horizontally, to create triangles. Cut a 50cm square of white fabric and two rectangles to measure 50 x 30cm.

3. Turn over one of the long edges of the dark blue strip by roughly 1cm, and crease the fold sharply. Pin onto the bottom of the white square of fabric, lining up the edges neatly. Machine stitch across the folded edge with white (or co-ordinating) thread to secure.

4. Lay your square panel on a flat surface and start positioning your triangles above the blue strip, dispersing the colours evenly and leaving a few gaps. Once happy with the layout, secure the triangles in place with pins or an iron-on adhesive. The latter will make the next step easier, as it will prevent the triangles from moving when you’re sewing them down. Stitch them in place in rows, starting in one corner and sewing diagonally up the edges. Repeat on the other diagonal, and finish with the horizontal rows until each triangle is topstitched around all three sides.

5. Fold over a long edge of each 50 x 30cm rectangle and stitch in place. Layer on top of your appliquéd cushion front, so the right sides are facing and the rectangles are overlapping. Pin around all four edges and machine stitch around the square. Snip the corners carefully and turn the right sides through. Iron and slip your cushion pad in to finish.

Project and how-to instructions by Lorna Slessor. Project originally published in issue (82) of docrafts Creativity magazine.

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