Can you tell how much I’m loving my birthday present! Last week while best friend was away and Boomer and I were knocking around the house together I had plenty of time to tackle my first patchwork-type project. This is a big deal for me because there are two main reason I want to learn how to sew 1) so I can make my own clothes and 2) so I can make a quilt. I think handmade quilts are so pretty, and I love the idea of creating something that is beautiful and functional.
But before I can learn how to make a quilt I need practice – lots of practice – with picking fabric, cutting fabric, getting sizing right, matching up corners and not to mention those straight lines which are definitely improving. This is how this patchwork cushion came about – it uses a key step I’ll need for quilting; cutting and sewing blocks to make a patchwork top.
I started the cushion by cutting out fabric squares, 4 in each fabric, doing my best to keep everything straight [on that note I’m having some trouble getting used to using the rotary cutter and healing mat and so far I’m finding an old fashioned ruler, fabric pencil and scissors a lot easier ]. I sewed two squares together and then pressed the seam flat. When I had a pile of 8 little rectangles I sewed 2 rectangles together in a row so that each row had one square of each fabric. Then I sewed the rows together. After pressing all the seams flat I had my finished cushion top.
I decided to do an envelope type opening on this cushion because I wanted to be able to wash it but I’m not quite ready to try a zipper or buttons (soon though…I’ve bought a zipper for the next cushion). I wanted the back to still look pretty, so I thought it would be nice to add a strip of fabric along the envelope opening. I did this using the same tube technique I used for the pillowcases but I remembered to take pictures this time. Basically I laid the backing fabric and accent fabric edges together and then rolled up the other end of the backing fabric into a tight roll and pulled the accent fabric around the roll – bringing the 3 edges together (1 accent edge, 1 back edge and the other accent edge) – then I sewed a seam along the length of the edge. The backing fabric can now be pulled out of the tube.
I then seamed an edge along a second longer piece of backing fabric and then pieced the 2 parts of the back on top of the front – right sides together – and seamed all the edges. I turned it the right way around popped in the pillow form and popped it on my bed.
The longest part was definitely piecing together the top but it was also the bit I enjoyed the most. I had Netflix on in the background, Boomer sleeping at my feet and a cup of tea beside me. Perfect.
Of course though Boomer couldn’t resist a little mischief when it came time to take a photo of the finished cushion….
If you have any recommendations for good beginner sewing projects please do share (links are appreciated)!