3 Ways to Make a Quilted Cushion
Get to grips with quilting into different shapes with these three different designs for a quilted cushion. Whether you go for a basic square construction, or fancy a more unusual triangle or circular shaped cushion, this project is great for building on your basic skills and learning how to shape your quilting.
Square 17″ x 17″
Flower 19″ x 19″
Triangle 17″ x 18″
- 3 charm packs » (each pack 20 – 5″ x 5″ pcs.; 1 pack for each pillow)
- 3x 18″ x 21″ pre-cuts » (1 for back of each pillow)
- 3 pack corded piping coordinating (1 for each pillow) – available in store , OR
- 18″ x 42″ pre-cut fabric » and 6 yards 3/8″ cotton cording – available in store (optional to make piping for 3 pillows)
- 1 ½ yds. Fusible fleece » (medium weight for 3 pillows)
- 3 – 16 oz. bags Polyester stuffing »
- Coordinating thread »
Note: wof = width of fabric.
1. Making the Pillow Fronts. Use one package of Charms for each pillow front. There will be four squares each left over from the Square and Flower pillows. Lay out squares as desired, or follow the diagrams below.
Begin with the top row and sew the squares together as shown. Press seams in the direction of the arrows, reversing the direction on alternate rows. Sew the rows together, (matching seam intersections). Press open. Trim the Square pillow to measure 18″ x 18″.
2. Making the Optional Coordinating Piping. To make covered piping from a coordinating fabric, cut six 2 ¼” x wof strips from the ½ yard of fabric. Remove selvage ends. Sew short ends together, making one long continuous fabric strip. Place cording in the center on wrong side of fabric strip and match the long cut edges. Hold in place and sew close to cording along the entire length.
Use a zipper or piping foot to get close to the cording.
Note: This makes enough piping for all three pillows.
3. Making the Square Pillow.
Press coordinating 18″ x 21″ backing and place on table right side up. Lay pieced pillow front RST on top of backing and trim backing to the same size. Cut two pieces of fusible fleece the same shape and follow manufacturer’s instructions to fuse to the wrong side of the pieced front and back fabrics.
Pin piping to pieced pillow front, starting in the middle of one side. Remove 1″ of the cording from
inside the piping at one end (Dia. A). Start the piping off the edge and gently angle it up on the
pillow front, aligning the cut edges. Sew just to the inside of the piping stitch line. As you approach
the corner, stop and clip edges of the piping to allow it to lay flat and curve around the corner
(Dia. B). Continue sewing the piping all around. As you reach the end, measure piping 1″ beyond
the starting point and cut off excess. Again, remove 1″ of cording from the inside before crossing
over the beginning and angling off the pillow (Dia. C).
4. Finishing the Square Pillow.
Place pillow front and back RST and pin (Dia. D). Sew around the outside edges using the stitching line from the piping as a guide. Leave a 6″ opening for turning (Dia. E). Clip off tips of corners and turn right side out (Dia. F).
Stuff as desired and hand stitch opening closed.
5. Making the Flower Pillow.
Fold pieced front RST into quarters and place marks at the measurements shown. Connect the lines and cut off corners along drawn line.
6. Finishing the Flower Pillow.
Follow Steps 3 and 4 to finish the Flower Pillow.
7. Making the Triangle Pillow.
Fold pieced front in half RST as shown and trim off 1″ at the top edge and 1″ at the right side. Place marks at the measurements shown. Connect the lines and cut off corners along drawn line.
8. Finishing the Triangle Pillow.
Follow Steps 3 and 4 to finish the Triangle Pillow.