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.
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.
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
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
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.
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
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.