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April 2014

a wonky shed cushion tutorial

Shed cushion

I have a lot of embroidered panels!  I always have the best of intentions and know exactly what I'm going to do with them once they're finished but somehow they end up in my 'almost but not quite' pile.

So this week I pulled out my wonky shed panel and decided to make a cushion with it.  I thought I would share my method (well a very common method really) for making the cushion.

I used a 35cm square cushion pad so my measurements are to fit that.

Cut pieces

I've had the dot fabric for a while so I'm not sure what it was but it's a pale duck egg blue.

First I cut my wonky shed panel down to a 21cm square, making sure the shed was nice and central before I cut!

Next, from the blue dot I cut two pieces at 39cm x 11cm

and another two pieces at 21cm x 11cm

These are all for the front of the cushion.

If you feel that your fabric might fray I recommend zigzagging around the edges of all the pieces before you make the cushion.

Pin sides

First pin the shorter dotted panels to the sides of your embroidered panel, right sides together.  Then stitch the two seams (1cm seam allowance)

And iron your seams

Pin base

Next take one of your longer pieces and (right sides together again) pin it along the base of your main panel.  Sew a seam (1cm seam allowance)

Iron it again

Pin top

Now take your final piece and (right sides together) pin it along the top of your panel and stitch.

iron the whole thing.

There is your front piece.

Shed panel

For the back I cut two pieces 39cm x 29.5cm each

Take one long edge and make a 5cm double hem.  To do this first fold over and iron a 1cm hem then turn a 4cm hem and pin it.  Stitch.

Do the same to one long edge of your other piece.  

You now have two pieces, each with a hemmed long edge.

Pin your first backing piece (right sides together) to the front panel, matching the raw edges so the hemmed edge is in the middle of the cushion ( well slightly over the middle).

Next pin your second backing piece (right sides together) to the front panel, matching the raw edges.  The two hemmed edges should overlap in the centre of the cushion.  This will be the opening.

Stitch all the way around your cushion using a 1cm seam allowance.


Hopefully looking like this.

Now turn your cushion cover inside out

and Tadah!!

Shed cushion

I think this cushion is definitely making my workspace a happy sunshine place.

If you would like to stitch the wonky shed the pattern is available in my Etsy shop here and if you don't like all the tracing I have a preprinted fabric panel with a colour and stitch guide here .  All you have to do is start stitching.

I used the preprinted panel for my cushion.

The embroidered panel is organic cotton calico (muslin in America) and the dot fabric is a furnishing weight fabric.

Please let me know if anything is not clear in the instructions and I will do my best to clarify.

Kate x

A new and hopefully helpful page

Materials collage

I have just popped a page (on the navigation bar near the top of my blog) of tools and materials that I use for my embroidery.  It's a fairly simple list along with where I buy them from (in the UK).  It doesn't include everything I've ever used but I think it covers most of the items I use in my patterns.

I hope it's helpful


Would Burt Lancaster wear a bit of liberty

I have frequently been asked about patterns for boys. My own boys would be horrified if I put liberty fabric anywhere near them! But then, last we were watching 'the crimson pirate' and I thought Burt Lancaster wouldn't object to a bit of liberty, in fact I think Johnny Depp would probably be okay with it too.

So with pirate day fast approaching in penzance ( when we will take our pirates on the prom title back from those mangy Hastings pirates) I have begun a pirate pattern. I'm not sure how long it will take me and I feel the need for a girl pirate too but here it is on my work table... Beginnings.


Would Burt Lancaster wear a bit of liberty