Friday, June 19, 2009

Quilted Cushion DIY

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Riddle me this:
I'm an indispensable accessory for the comfort of all, but I'm also very useful for seamstresses. What am I?

...a soft quilted cushion, of course! Useful for sitting or as a pincushion.

Level: Easy
Creation time:
40 mn



  • For a cushion measuring about 40 cm (15-3/4 inches):
    • Band of fabric measuring 42 x 92 cm (16-1/2 x 36-1/4 inches)
    • Wadding
    • 4 buttons for decoration
    • Matching thread


  • Scissors
  • Sewing machine
  • Needle


  • Cut 2 squares measuring 42 x 42 cm (16-1/2 x 16-1/2 inches) for the top and bottom and 4 rectangles (42 x 12 cm/16-1/2 x 4-3/4 inches) for the sides.

  • Sew the sides, right sides together, 1 by 1 to the squares, at 1 cm (3/8 inch) from the edge.

  • Do the same thing with the other square, leaving an opening in 1 of the sides.

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  • Turn the cushion right side out.

  • Stuff the cushion well and sew the opening shut.

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  • Sew the edges in a way that will give it a quilted look:
    • Prick the side at 1 cm (3/8 inch) from the top edge and make the needle come out again on top, at 1 cm (3/8 inch) from the edge, moving slightly away (to the left or right, depending on which end you started on) from your original stitch.
    • Prick the top again, at 1 mm (1/32 inch) from the last stitch, then stitch repeat this stitch along the length of the side, always moving in a progressive direction away from your original stitch.
    • Pull the thread to gather the edge.

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  • Repeat this stitch all the way around the cushion on the top and bottom (you'll have to go around the whole cushion twice).

  • Finish with the 4 buttons, pushing the needle all the way through the cushion and coming out through the button on the opposite side. Pull the thread tight to emphasize the quilted look.

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porte aiguille, coussinet, couture

Source: "Froufrou et capucine" ("Froufrou and Nasturtiums")


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