Patchwork Cushion Pattern Making

Give your old couch a lift with a gorgeous, handmade cushion.

1. Gather your material for the cushions. You have lots of options with this. Try to use up any leftover pieces of material, ribbons or trims that you might have lying around the house from other projects such as curtains. Some people often use the remnants of old clothes or old cardigans for their cushions or buy old clothes up cheaply from op shops or Vinnies. You can also access a large range of materials from Spotlight or visit a fabric wholesaler. There are lots of online fabric wholesalers popping up – do a google search on ‘cheap fabric’ and you’ll get a whole page of results. Another approach is to contact furniture outlets or upholsterers and buy up some heavily discounted upholstery fabric which often comes in samples sizes big enough to cover cushions. If it’s a discontinued fabric, it’s often cheaper.

2. If you’re not into sewing, hire a seamstress or tailor. You can often negotiate a good price for these services on classified sites like gumtree 

3. Draft a design for your cushion cover taking into account the colour, pattern and size of the fabrics you’re using. If you are covering an existing cushion insert, hold onto it so you can use it as a pattern and unpick the old cover if necessary.

4. Using the design you’ve made, use a pen to mark around the cushion insert, leaving 2cm for the seams.

5. If you’re working with a seamstress, cut out each fabric section while they lay them onto the template.

6. When you sew a patchwork cushion, you need to sew vertically first and then horizontally before finally sewing them all together.

7. The final step is to sew everything closed and snip off any hanging threads.

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