Here is a tutorial for a winter patchwork cushion.
In my previous post, I described the colour scheme I was planning to use for a winter themed project. You can read about that here!
The project I had planned was a cushion. In order to use different colours and fabrics, a patchwork cushion seemed like the best thing to do.
I wanted to keep it simple (I have a habit of not finishing things if they are too complicated!) so I came up with a design that uses horizontal lines, which also reflects the flat fenland countryside that inspired the cushion in the first place.
Here are the instructions in case you want to make one yourself!
If you don’t like red and grey, I have other winter themes colour scheme ideas here!
If you would like to download the pattern as a pdf, you can do so here: winter patchwork cushion pattern.
Making the Pattern
You could download the pattern I used here. It will fit a cushion pad measuring 41 cm x 41 cm. The seam allowances are not included.
Or you could make your own. Here is how!
3. Depending on how particular you are, you could either just draw it onto the square or use maths to scale it up. My sketch was roughly a 6th of the size of the cushion pad, so I multiplied the dimensions of the sketch by 6.
Making the Cushion
3. Begin to sew the pieces together. Start by joining the rows that have 2 pieces so that all your rows are complete. Remember that pieces cut on a diagonal will need to be joined at an angle! Trim the seams and press them flat.
Now the front section is completed!
7. It’s time to sew all the pieces together! Layer them up as follows:
Trim and press seams open as you go.
when joining pieces diagonally, place them right sides together at right angles to each other. The edges need to be together where the seam starts and finishes. If you line the pieces up at the corners they will look like this and you will be reaching for the unpicker just as I was! They need to look like this.
Taking pictures with a digital camera will help you to remember which bits go where. You might think you will remember, perhaps you will, but I also thought this when I attempted to make a car seat cover, a project that went horribly wrong! You can read about that here!
If your cover turns out to be too large for the pad, just sew round the outside of it again slightly further in.