If you have been following updates of my blog, you probably recall the tutorial on those ribbon roses I posted last week. Back then I had a plan to finish the piece as a cushion. So here it is, sweet and pretty! To be honest with you, I finished it in no time at all, but it took me a while to put together the tutorial for this sewing adventure.
To make a cushion like this one yours, the following is needed:
- A piece of felt with stitched ribbon roses on it. Just in case you’ve missed it, best place to get one is my tutorial on how to stitch roses with Hearty Craft silk ribbon.
- Pink cotton fabric for the cushion front. Any fabric that could be used for patchwork would work well here too.
- Matching cotton fabric for the cushion back
- Ribbon or lace for embellishing
- Sewing thread matching the fabric
- Basic sewing setup, i.e. pair of scissors, a ruler, a needle or a sewing machine
1. Straighten up your embroidery edges to get a neat rectangle. Do not cut the felt too close to the roses, as you’ll be attaching strips of fabric around the embroidery. Measure the sides of the rectangle and take down you measures. You’ll need them later.
Embellish the embroidery with a piece of lace or a velvet ribbon. Hand-sew it across each corner.
- Two 2½ in x width of your embroidered piece
- Two 2½ in x (5 in + height of you embroidered piece)
So, if your embroidered piece of felt is 6 inches wide and 8 inches high, the strips’ sizes would be:
- Two 2½ in x 6 in
- Two 2½ in x 13 in
If you lay the cuts of fabric around your embroidered piece, you should end up with something similar to the photo above.
4. Then attach two long strips of the pink fabric to the sides. Again, the seams should consume ¼ inch of the fabric. Measure the sides of the cushion front. Take down the measures, you’ll need them for the next step.
5. Cushion Back. For the cushion back cut out two rectangles of the same size from the matching fabric. Make rectangles’ width to be the same as cushion front width, and the height to be ¾ of the cushion front height. For example, if your cushion front size is 17 x 20 in, then the rectangle dimensions should be 17 x 15 in.
7. Lay the cushion front piece right side up on a flat surface. Place two hemmed back pieces you’ve got after the previous step on top of the cushion front with wrong sides up. Pin all the pieces together all the way around. Make sure the opening in the middle goes from left to right, not from top to bottom. Sew the pieces all the way around the perimeter of the cushion cover using ½ inch of fabric for a seam allowance.
8. Clip the corners for a neat point. Press the seams with an iron. Be careful not to press ribbon roses in the middle. Turn the cushion cover inside out using the slit at the back. Finally, insert cushion pad of the right size. Handy hint: if you cannot find cushion pad of required size (like me), get a pad of any size, unpick it with scissors, stuff your cover with filling from the pad, and sew up the slit at the back 🙂
If you like our posts, why not to sign up for our fortnight newsletter to keep up with the news, tutorials, and patterns for ribbon embroidery? To sign up, just type in your email address into the form on the shop front page.