Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Mother's Day Cushion

 
 

Surprise your mum this Mother’s Day with a little piece of homemade love. Modern and elegant, this silk cushion will remind her just how much you care.   

What you will need
Sewing machine
Iron
Scissors
50cm of fabric for the cover
30cm of patterned fabric for lettering
Three buttons
45x40cm cushion insert
Heavyweight iron-on interfacing
Fusible webbing
Pinking shears
Thread (all from fabric stores)

How To
1. Iron the cover fabric, then lay flat on your work surface. Cut three pieces: 50x45cm (Panel A); 50x35cm (Panel B); 50x15cm (Panel C). Panel A includes a 5cm seam allowance, B and C include 6cm.

2. Turn and press a 1cm hem along one long side of panel B and one long side of panel C. Turn the pressed hem over a further 2.5cm; press and sew. Measure and mark a buttonhole in the centre of the hem on Panel C, then measure 10cm either side of the centre buttonhole and mark two more buttonholes on either side. Sew and split the buttonholes open.

3. Cut a piece of interfacing to size, then iron onto the back of the lettering fabric. Draw onto the interfaced side and use the pencil and ruler to mark a guideline for the letters: parallel lines 5cm apart. Draw backwards-facing capital letters spelling out 'mother' or your mother's name. Use the pinking shears to cut out each letter.

4. Lay Panel A flat on an ironing board, right-side up; smooth any wrinkles. Measure 20cm down from one long side and lay the ruler horizontally as a guide for the letters. Starting in the middle, arrange the letters in order, ensuring the word is centered. Cut small strips of fusible webbing then iron on to fix letters in place.
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5. Starting with a central piece and working outwards, use your sewing machine to applique around the edge of each letter. Press the entire panel.

6. Lay Panel A, right-side up, flat. Line up the raw, long edge of Panel C with the top edge of panel A, right sides in. Line up the raw, long edge of panel B with the bottom edge of panel A, right sides in. The hemmed side of panel B should sit just over the buttonhole edge of panel C.


7. Pin around all sides and sew panels together. Snip the tip off each corner, press the seams and turn cover right-side out. Press again; place the cushion insert inside and add the buttons. 

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