FREE! Pretty Pastels cushion pattern

Sweet Pastels quilt by Angie Wilson for Love Patchwork & Quilting issue 22

Love our cover quilt this issue? Try these oh-so cute cushions by Angie Wilson!

It’s super easy to give your sofa a sweet makeover with our all-sorts inspired cushions. Here we go…

Sweet Pastels cushions by Angie Wilson for Love Patchwork & Quilting issue 22

PILLOW

YOU WILL NEED

  • Pastel fabric three (3) 8in squares
  • Dark fabric one (1) fat eighth
  • Background fabric 15in x 26in
  • Muslin (US) or Calico (UK) 15in x 26in, for back of quilt sandwich
  • Fusible web ½yd
  • Batting 15in x 26in
  • Backing fabric one (1) fat quarter
  • Pom-pom trim 2½yd
  • Cushion pad 14in x 25in

 

FINISHED SIZE

14in x 25in approx

 

NOTES

  • Cushion construction seam allowances are ½in, unless otherwise noted.
  • Press seams open, unless otherwise instructed.

 

CUTTING OUT

1 From backing fabric cut one (1) 15½in x 9½in piece and one (1) 15½in x 11½in

2 Following the manufacturer’s instructions, affix fusible web to the wrong side of each pastel fabric. Then cut out one (1) 77/8in diameter circle from each fabric, for a total of three (3) circles.

3 Following the manufacturer’s instructions, affix fusible web to the wrong side of the dark fabric. Then cut out three (3) 4in diameter circles.

 

PREPARING THE CUSHION TOP

4 Make a quilt sandwich with the background fabric, batting and muslin. Quilt as desired – we quilted in a diagonal cross hatch with lines 1in apart.

5 Trim the quilt sandwich to 14½in x 25½in.

6 Arrange the pastel circles on the quilt sandwich, fuse in place. and stitch around the outer edge. Repeat with the dark circles, positioning in the centre of each pastel circle.

 

ATTACHING THE POM-POM TRIM

7 Pin the pom-pom trim in place around the edge of the front cushion panel – the pom-poms should face inwards and the edge of the trim should follow the edge of the cushion.

8 Baste the trim in place, using a 1/8in seam allowance.

 

CONSTRUCTING THE CUSHION

9 Hem one 15½in side of each of the backing fabric pieces. Fold the fabric to the wrong side by ½in and then fold over again ½in to encase the raw fabric edge. Stitch along the folded edge on the wrong side of the fabric
to hold in place.

10 Lay the large backing piece right side down on the right side of the front panel, aligning raw edges, with the hemmed edge in the centre.
Note: The panels will be slightly larger than the front panel, this is to allow a little wiggle room for attaching the pom-pom trim.

11 Lay the remaining backing piece on the other side of the cushion front, right sides together, aligning raw edges, with the hemmed edge overlapping in the centre.

12 Pin in place and then stitch around all four sides of the pillow – sewing as close to the pom-poms as possible (a zipper foot will help with this). Reinforce the corners by backstitching over the seams.

13 Trim away any excess backing fabric, so that it matches the front panel and clip the corners diagonally to help with turning. Turn the cover right sides out and pop over your cushion pad.

 

CUSHION

YOU WILL NEED

  • Pastel fabric twelve (12) 2½in x 10½in strips
  • Dark fabric eight (8) 2½in x 10½in strips
  • Background fabric ½yd
  • Muslin (US) or Calico (UK) 26½in square, for back of quilt sandwich
  • Batting 26½in square
  • Backing fabric ¾yd
  • Cushion pad 24in square

 

FINISHED SIZE

24in square approx

 

CUTTING OUT
1 From the background fabric cut:

  • Two (2) 2½in x 10½in strips.
  • Three (3) 2½in x 22½in strips, for the sashing.
  • Two (2) 2½in x 26½in, for the borders.

2 From the backing fabric cut one (1) 24in x 8½in piece and one (1) 24in x 18½in piece.

 

PIECING THE CUSHION TOP

3 Select three (3) 2½in x 10½in pastel strips and two (2) 2½in x 10½in dark strips. Sew the strips together along the length, alternating pastel and dark strips. Check your block is 10½in square. Repeat to make a total of four (4) blocks.

4 Add a 2½in x 10½in sashing strip between two blocks to form a column (Fig 1), and press. Repeat with your remaining two blocks.

5 Join your two columns with a 2½in x 22½in strip of background fabric. Add the remaining strips to either side (Fig 2).

6 Sew the  2½in x 26½in background fabric strips to the top and bottom of the joined blocks. Press.

 

QUILTING AND FINISHING

7 Make a quilt sandwich with the cushion top, batting and backing fabric. Quilt as desired – we quilted concentric circles starting in each of the four corners. Trim the quilted cushion top to 24in square.

8 Hem one 24in side of each of the backing fabric pieces. Fold the fabric to the wrong side by ½in and then fold over again ½in to encase the raw fabric edge. Stitch along the folded edge on the wrong side of the fabric to hold in place.

9 Follow steps 9-13 of the pillow instructions to finish your square cushion.

Sweet Pastels cushions by Angie Wilson for Love Patchwork & Quilting issue 22 - Figs