An Autumn Patchwork Cushion Tutorial

Don’t you love it when random things inside your head suddenly join up?

Some stuff inside my head suddenly joined up the other day.

I love autumn. Actually I love all the seasons and I have a hard time picking which is my favourite, but autumn has an edge. The days are still warm enough to enjoy doing things out of doors but not so hot that you can’t move for sweating. The nights are drawing in, which makes it much easier to persuade young children to go to bed! And although we don’t really have beautiful autumns in the UK there is still lots of golden, red and brown.

So the other day, my love of autumn linked up with several other things. Firstly, with my cat Stripod. His beautiful ginger fur is the colour of autumn. And secondly, with the curtains in my front room.lined curtains tutorial autumn patch work cushion All the colours of autumn hanging in front of the windows when it is to dark to see them for real!

This realisation made me very happy!

The happiness made me want to make something. An obvious choice was a cushion.autumn patchwork cushion

I’d seen some beautiful fabric on Plush Addict, which is currently my favourite online fabric shop!

I couldn’t decide which one I like the most. Hurrah for patchwork, the perfect solution for the indecisive!

Here is the tutorial for my autumn patchwork cushion. If you don’t want to make the pattern yourself, you can buy one here for £2.

An Autumn Patchwork Cushion Tutorial

You Will Need: paper, pencil, ruler, cushion pad, self covering button, 1 fat quarter each of 5 different fabrics.

Making the Pattern

1. Draw a square the same size as your cushion. Greaseproof paper is good for this.

2. Draw a line diagonally from corner to corner.autumn patchwork cushion

3. Decide how many sections you would like for each half. I opted for 7 for the vertical patches and 5 for the horizontal. I wanted the bits to be big enough so that I could enjoy the patterns on the fabric, and generally odd numbers of things look better.

4. You will have to do some maths at this point. Measure the diagonal line and divide by 7 (or by however many sections you are planning on having). Mark off each section along the line. Starting at each mark you have made, draw lines at right angles to the diagonal line so that you end up with 7 sections.autumn patchwork cushion

5. On the other half of your square, draw a line from the centre of the diagonal line to the other corner. Measure this line and divide it by 5 (or by however many sections you have decided on). Draw straight lines that cut through the second line and run parallel with the first diagonal line.autumn patchwork cushion

6. Cut the bits out. It’s a good idea to number them first!

If you don’t want to faff about with all of that, you can buy a pdf version of the pattern for £2 here.

Making it Up

1. Cut out your fabric, remembering to leave a 1 cm seam allowance round each piece.autumn patchwork cushion

2. Decide which half of the cushion you are going to work on first. Sew the pieces together. Trim the seams and press them open.autumn patchwork cushion

3. Repeat for the other half.autumn patchwork cushion

4. Sew the 2 sections together. Trim the seam and press it open. That’s the front of the cushion done!

5. The cushion has an envelope back, which is thankfully nice and easy to do.

Cut 2 pieces of fabric the same width as your front piece and about 2/3 as long.

6. Hem each piece.autumn patchwork cushion

7. With the right sides together, place the top back piece on top of the front section so that the sides and top edge are aligned and the hemmed edge is somewhere in the middle. autumn patchwork cushionPut the bottom section on top of that, with the bottom and the sides aligned. Pin, then sew all the way round.autumn patchwork cushion

8. Trim the seams and cut the points off the corners. Turn it out and stuff the cushion pad inside.

9. Make the covered button. For full instructions for doing this, visit this tutorial.how to make covered buttons autumn patchwork cushion

10. Sew the button to the cushion. I sewed right through to the back of the cushion.autumn patchwork cushion

If you like it, you could try making a few in different fabrics. I just have a crazy mishmash of cushions in my front room!

Here is an Amazon linky for self covering buttons…

and another for a 45 cm cushion pad. These are affiliate links.

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About AnnaWilson

I'm Anna and I live in Norfolk with my four beautiful boys, my husband and a three legged cat. I don't have an actual craft room due to the fact that we are six messy people living in a not very big house. I do however have a pile of unfinished projects. Thankfully there is plenty of room in cyberspace, so make a cup of tea, pull up a chair and make yourself at home! And please leave me comments! And maybe like me on Facebook :)

16 comments on “An Autumn Patchwork Cushion Tutorial

  1. Great tutorial and I like the pattern too. Cushion covermaking is one of my favourite pTchwork things to do as it can be done in one day and then you can enjoy your efforts later with a cup of tea!

  2. Hi Anna
    I am new to your website and have been browsing your blog. You have some great ideas and me being a Yank from Frostproof, Florida USA I love the way you write. I can hear your british accent as I read your tutorials. You are funny and creative. Great job.

    • Thanks Lorena 🙂 Inside my head I sound I Helen Mirren being the Queen but I don’t actually sound like that at all!

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