How to Make a Monogrammed Cushion
If you’re new to sewing and want to get your teeth stuck into your next project, this monogrammed cushion is a great place to start. The project allows you to use different stitches on your sewing machine, as well as improving precision and maneuvering skills when applying your chosen initial . . .
Time to make: One to Two hours
Suitable for: Beginners
1. First you need a print out of your chose initial. You can do this by using software such as Microsoft Word and filling an A4 page with one single letter in the font style of your choice. You will need a mirror image of this initial, so you can either save it as a jpg and flip the photo, of print it out in strong black and you should be able to see through the paper . Obviously not all letters need to be flipped as some are the same either way.
2. Trace the initial onto the paper side of the Heat n Bond and cut it out carefully with paper scissors – do not use your precious fabric scissors cutting this as it can ruin the blades.
3. Take your patterned fabric and with the paper side up the Heat n Bond up, iron it onto the back of the fabric with a hot iron until it is securely stuck.
4. Now cut around your initial neatly with your fabric scissors.
5. Give your backing fabric a good iron and then peel off the paper back from your initial.
6. Place the initial with the sticky side down in the centre of your panel and iron into place.
7. Thread your machine with your chosen colour thread and choose a stitch design. I am lucky enough to have a machine that has a good choice of stitches, but personally I like a nice tight zig-zag for this particular project as I feel it gives a nicer finish.
8. Using the centre of your presser foot as a guide, sew neatly all the way around the initial.
9. Trim your threads and give your work a final iron, then your panel is ready to make into a cushion.
10. There are many ways in which you can make your cushion, for my design I decided to use the envelope cushion method, which requires no zip whatsoever!