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Tuesday, 3 January 2012

Patchwork (Kirstie's Cushion)

This delightful cushion is from the Kirstie Allsopp Home Living range which can be found in House of Fraser. The photo was taken in the shop as I love the cushion but want to show you how easy it can be patching fabric together to create your own.

Lella Loves... Patchwork Cushions

Flowers, gingham and polka dots are a superb mix of pattern. The common denominator is the scarlet red.

Lella Loves... Patchwork Cushions

Although lovely, and reduced from £22, it is possible for you to make one similar for a fraction of the cost.

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To start, go to your fabric stash and pull out all of your red and green material.

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You don't need huge pieces but the idea is to find three fabrics which sit in harmony with each other.

Lella Loves... Patchwork Cushions

The overall cushion size is 20 inch across. Your main floral panel should be 8 inches wide and the two end fabrics should be a finished size of 3 inches each, or 4 and 2 at both ends.

Lella Loves... Patchwork Cushions

Take two of your chosen fabrics and stitch together along one side.

Lella Loves... Patchwork Cushions

Now sew the next piece of fabric to create your ladder of fabrics for the front of the cushion. You should have two slim pieces either side of a wide centre.

Lella Loves... Patchwork Cushions

*Tip: When sewing with checks and stripes, use the lines as a stitching guide. Straight lines and neat seams will give your cushion a professional finish.

Always iron your seams before turning the correct way out.

Lella Loves... Patchwork Cushions

My cushion is made up using fabric patches of 14+4+8+4+14 inches. The end sections allow for a 2 inch front panel and a 12 inch back piece.

Lella Loves... Patchwork Cushions

Use a piece of fabric for your end section which is long enough to create the reverse of the cushion. You will need two pieces of 14 inches each.

Lella Loves... Patchwork Cushions

I used the stripe on either end and then created a simple envelope fold.

Lella Loves... Patchwork Cushions

If you have enough fabric, make a smaller companion cushion. Sew along the checkered lines for immaculate seams.

I do hope you enjoyed this project and please let me know if you make your own patchwork cushion.

Pop back soon.

Lella  xx

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