Have you got a gift for your mum for mother’s day yet? I was so excited to hear from Cath Kidston, offering a project created by The New Craft House and some of the tools required to make my very own Cath Kidston Patchwork cushion. It’s now time to teach you how to make a pillow that looks super impressive.
The original project used four different Cath Kidston fabric patterns but I decided to use just the one. The flower pots fabric from the Spring Summer 2016 range is my absolute favourite.
The bones of the tutorial were created by The New Craft House and there are some edits made by me, mostly things I found useful as I created my cushion.
How to make a pillow as a crazy impressive gift idea
You Will Need:
- 25 cm of your favourite four Cath Kidston prints – 1 m total. (For the four pattern squares and triangle shapes)
- 50 cm of one print to use for the backing fabric (if you are using just the one print like I did, then you will need about 2.5 yards)
- 25 cm White cotton fabric
- Warm & Natural Cotton Batting-Crib Size 45″X60″
- 50 x 50 cm piece of plain scrap fabric (the bottom of your quilt sandwich, again you could cut up a pillowcase)
- Sewing Machine
- Sewing Pins (pearl headed sewing pins)
- Quilting Ruler
- Rotary Cutter or scissors
- Cutting mat (I HAD a glass cutting mat and it was USELESS for cutting this fabric with an Olfa Rotary cutter. So, I went out and bought a self-healing cutting mat in A3)
- Matching thread (I recommend rayon thread, it’s super strong and is less likely to snap)
How To Make The Draught Excluder:
1. From each of your CK prints cut one 11.5 x 11.5 cm square. This will be your centre square so pick a bit of your print that has a lot of detail in it.
2. From each of your CK prints cut two 14 x 14 cm squares.
Cut each of these squares diagonally into two triangles.
in each of your 4 prints (16 triangles).
Tip: if you have a print that has a direction in it (like my flower vase one) make sure you cut the triangles in two separate directions so that you can keep the print the right way up when you sew them on!<
3. From your white fabric cut eight 10 x 10 cm squares.
Cut each of these squares diagonally into two triangles. You should now have 16 white triangles.
4. From your white fabric cut two 5 cm strips, the width of the fabric. This will be your sashing.
Time To Sew
5. Now to assemble your blocks! Take your centre square and 4 white triangles. Using a ¼ inch seam allowance (use a ¼ inch foot for your machine if you have one or buy one specifically for your brand of sewing machine) sew on two of the white triangles to opposite sides.
Press the seams outwards.
6. Sew on the remaining 2 white triangles on to the other two edges and press the seams outwards. Repeat for the other 3 centre squares. Trim off any edges of the triangles that are poking out so that you have a square.
7. You now need to add your next layer of triangles.
We decided to keep the same prints together, but you can mix them up if you prefer! Repeating the same method as the white triangles, sew on two opposite triangles and press the seams.
Sew on the remaining two triangles and press again. Trim off any edges that are sticking out so that you have a square. You should now have 4 completed blocks.
8. Decide how you want to position your blocks. Cut lengths of your sashing to fit between the top two blocks and sew the blocks into two rows. Press the seams outwards.
9. You now need to sew sashing horizontally between the two rows and a strip on the top and the bottom of the blocks. Your finished cushion front should look like this!
10. You can leave it like this, but if you want to quilt it you need to layer it up.
Lay out your scrap fabric, the batting and the cushion front on top right side up.
Pin securely through all layers and quilt as desired. (I used temporary spray adhesive and pinned securely).
Quilting is stitching through all of these layers to hold them together and add some extra detail. You can skip this step, but it does make your cushion look extra luxurious!
I quilted across each of the 4 squares.
Once you have finished quilting, unpin and square off the front into a 53 x 53 cm square.
The assistant, making sure the sewing machine was working from all the way over here.
11. From your backing fabric cut one piece 53 x 58 cm and one piece 53 x 42 cm. These will make up the envelope back of your cushion.
12. On the larger piece, fold over one of the 53 cm sides by 0.5 cm and press. Fold over by another 3 cm and press again. Straight stitch this hem down.
13. On the smaller piece, fold over one of the 53 cm sides by 0.5 cm and press. Fold over by another 0.5 cm and press again. Straight stitch this hem down.
We are now ready to sew up the cushion!
14. Lay out your cushion front right side up and lay the larger back piece on it right side down, followed by the smaller back piece right side down.
The two back pieces should overlap in the middle by about 10 cm. Make sure that you have the two hemmed edges in the middle! Pin to secure.
15. Sew around all 4 edges of the cushion using a 1.5 cm seam allowance, backstitching at the start and finish.
16. Turn the cushion the right way around, poke out the corners and stuff with a cushion pad.
How was that for a lengthy tutorial?! My mum absolutely loved receiving this pillow for Mother’s Day. I’ve had requests for others like it but I ran out of the beautiful material.
Have you ever done anything with patchwork? I would love to see what you’ve made!
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