How to Sew a Battenberg Cake Pouf
You can make this battenburg cake pouf with or without a lining. I have designed it so that you undo the zip on the outer bag, then unpick a small seam and empty some beans out before removing the bag. This is done so you don’t have to have too large a zip in place – of course you can add a zip large enough to remove the bag intact but it will be unsightly. You can also choose not to have the liner of course and just put the beans right into the outer cover, but this might cause an issue when laundering. You could also put a zip in the liner, but it is just as easy to unpick a few stitches and sew them back up as required.
Skill Level: Beginners
Time to Make: 4-6 hours
- 2.5 cubic foot bag of bean bag filling »
- 1 metre pale pink cotton fabric – available in store
- 1 metre pale lemon or cream cotton fabric – available in store
- 2 metres of darker yellow cotton fabric – available in store
- 5 metres of 10mm bias binding in Apricot Jam colour »
- 5 metres of 25mm bias binding in Apricot Jam colour »
- 5 metres of piping cord – available in store
- Sewing thread to match the bias binding »
- Sewing thread to match the dark yellow fabric »
- 16″ Zip to match the dark yellow fabric »
- For the lining: 2 metres of heavy cotton or calico fabric – available in store
First of all we will make the liner, you can skip this part if you are putting your beans directly into the outer cover.
Measure two pieces of the lining fabric, both 84cm square. (you can join it if you need to, it won’t be seen).
Leaving a 5″ gap for turning on one of the edges, sew the two pieces together all the way around with a 10mm seam allowance.
Take each corner and pull them apart so that the seams meet, pin the seam to make sure it is straight and are on top of each other.
Using a tape measure, place the 11cm measurement directly on the stitches seam and matching the 0cm and the 22cm marks to the edge exactly, draw a line across.
Sew down this line. You should now have something that resembles this…
Trim off the corners just after the stitched line. Turn the right way in and leave to one side.
To make the cover:
1. Cut four squares out of the pink fabric, each one measuring 62cm on each side. Repeat with all the pale lemon or cream fabric.
2. Take one square of pink and one square of lemon and place them together, right side to right side. Sew down one edge with a 10mm seam allowance. Thread colour is not important as we are hiding this seam. Open the seams and press out.
3. On the RIGHT side of the work, take the 10mm bias binding and stitch it down the seam with the matching thread (I did two rows of stitching, one down each side of the bias strip.
Repeat from Step two again, then lay them down so the opposite colours are beside each other.
4. Place the two pieces together with the right sides facing and the opposite colours facing. Make sure the seams are meeting and sew down one edge to join, use a 10mm seam allowance.
Open the seams, press them, and sew a strip of 10mm bias down the seam as before.
You now have a panel that represents a slice of Battenberg. Repeat from Step two again for the other four squares of fabric, to give you two matching panels.
5. Take the brighter yellow fabric and using your zip as a measurement, cut a rectangle a little longer than the zip, measuring 26cm wide. Cut this piece of fabric in half lengthways.
6. Place the strips back together and sew down the length to rejoin using a 10mm seam allowance. (trust me on this…). Open the seams and press them down.
Now place the zip face down on top of the opened seam and pin into place.
7. Using the zipper foot and yellow thread to match the fabric, sew down both sides of the zip and across the top and bottom. You will need to slide the zip up and down, use the back of your nail, as you work to enable you to sew the zip in place neatly.
8. Turn the piece over and you will see you have a nice neat seam. Take your un-picker and very carefully pick away the seam, in-between the two end rows of stitching, to reveal the zip underneath. Remove all the stray threads.
9. Now you have your zip panel and it should measure 24cm in width. Fold over one edge and stitch down.
Cut the rest of your bright yellow fabric into strips measuring 24cm across and as long as you can make them, then starting at the unstitched bottom of the zip panel, place them right side to right side and join them up until you have 250mm in length.
10. Take the 25mm bias binding and the piping cord, fold the cord into the centre of the binding and with the zipper foot and the orange thread sew as close to the piping cord as you can. Sew all five metres of piping cord into the bias binding. Two lengths of 2.5m are fine.
11. Starting at the zip side, place the piping you have just made, facing inwards, down one edge of your 2.5 meters of bright yellow fabric strip you have prepared. Allow it to come 15mm over the edge of the edge. Sew in place as close to the piping as possible, but leave the last 15mm un-sewn.
Do the same on the opposite side, remembering that your piping needs to face inwards as shown in the photo.
12. Now take your Battenberg Slice piece and the edge piece, and place them right side facing with the piping sandwiched in-between. Pin into place. (NOTE: Pin through the bright yellow side, not the way I did it in the photo, as it makes the next step easier!!)
Ease the corners in to fit.
When you come to matching the piping up at the beginning and end, simply cross the ends over and pin into place with the messy ends poking out.
13. Remember I said to pin through the yellow? Well turn your work yellow side up and you will see an orange line where you sewed the piping in place, follow this line all the way around as neat as you can, taking extra care on those corners.
14. Turn your cover the right way out, it’s starting to look like something now! Next, find the open seam, pin it and sew it down.
15. Now, in the same way, join the other panel of your cover to the other side of the edging. Open the zip slightly before you start so you can easily turn your cover the right way in at the end.
16. Now it’s time to add the filling. Put your liner inside your cover and start filling. This is by no means an easy task, so take your time. I made a funnel out of cardboard which made the job a bit easier.
17. Finally sew the liner seam up with a bright thread so you can find it at a later date to unpick (for refilling or empting).
Enjoy your jumbo slice of Battenburg!