We’ve been busy this week putting the final touches to our stand for the Australian Quilt Market, the wholesale trade event, held in Melbourne on 24 -25 November.
This year we thought that we would use a summer theme to decorate our stand so we have been madly stitching display pieces to fit the theme.
At the same time as we were making the cushion I happened to read a blog by Ivory Spring about making cushions for gifts when you don’t have time to make an entire quilt . You must pop over to see her cushions in her Virtual trunk show .
Anyhow, her article set me thinking about how quick and easy it really can be to make a cushion as a gift.
Simply find an appropriate fabric panel, or gorgeous print, and get started!
We hand quilted around the birds, and frame on our panel, using Cotton Mako’ 12 to create some texture (well Ladybirdee did), however you don’t even need to do this if you are in real hurry.
Then I used the “pillowcase/envelop” method to add a back to the panel to make the cushion cover.
To make the cushion back I used two pieces of fabric, each approximately 2/3rds the height of the front panel.
- Turn a 2.5cm (1″) hem on both back pieces
- Position the back pieces right sides down on the right side of the panel
- Stitch around all four sides
- Trim the corners
- Press the seam open
- Turn the “bag” right sides out
- Fill the cushion cover with an insert & you are done!
Of course you can get fancy and use a zipper placket on the back,
or add nice buttons over the hem, or simply use some velcro inside the opening.
But it is not really necessary, a beautiful fabric, or appropriate panel, and a simple finish will make a quick cushion cover when a gift is need in a hurry.
More cushion inspiration to get you started:
Ivory Springs Virtual trunk show gave me the idea for this post.
More interesting ways to incorporate embroideries and fabric panels into cushions.
You might like to start planning your cushions for next year with this Cathedral Window pattern
Or if you can’t resist Cathedral Windows, make a pin cushion.
This “roll up” cushion is a clever idea for summer
See More of Ladybirdee’s quilted cushions
Not an instant gift, but you could plan ahead to make a beautiful cushion like the one Knitsnquilts made earlier this year.
PS: Don’t forget to call back on the weekend to read more about the Australian Quilt Market.