Springy stripes: Strip cushion tutorial

If you’ve been busy piecing strips since you saw Karen Lewis‘ brilliant strip quilt tutorial, we’ve got just the thing to use up those springy scraps. Inject a little stripy fun into your decor with this easy and effective cushion: it’s sure to coordinate with your new quilt like a dream!

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You will need

  • Print fabrics (red): two (2) fat sixteenth and one (1) fat eighth
  • Background fabric: 12yd
  • Backing fabric: 34yd
  • Batting: 25in square


  • Seam allowances are 14in, unless otherwise noted. 
  • Press seams open, unless otherwise instructed.
  • RST = right sides together.
  • WOF = width of fabric.
  • WST = wrong sides together.
  • Fabric provided by Robert Kaufman.

We used…

Print fabrics are from the Euclid collection by Carolyn Friedlander for Robert Kaufman, along with solids from the Brussels Linen collection also by Robert Kaufman, that Karen screen-printed.

How to sew the cushion

Finished size

22in square

Cutting out

Step one: From the print fabrics cut:

  • One (1) 212 x 14in rectangle.
  • One (1) 412 x 14in rectangle.
  • One (1) 812 in x 14in rectangle.

Step two: From the background fabric cut four (4) 212in x 14in strips and six (6) 212in x 2212in strips. 

Step three: From the backing fabric cut two 15in x 2212in rectangles.

Piecing the cushion top

Step four: Sew together the print fabric strips with the background 212in x strips as shown, to form a pieced unit.

Step five: Subcut the pieced unit into five (5) 212in x 2212in pieced strips, cutting horizontally across the unit.

Step six: Sew the pieces strips together with the 212in x 2212in background fabric strips, in an alternating pattern, referring to the photo for placement. Press seams toward background strips to complete the cushion top.

Step seven: Baste the cushion top to the batting and quilt as desired. Karen quilted straight lines, just outside the seam lines.

Assembling the cushion

Step eight: Press under 14in along one long edge of each backing piece. Press under again and topstitch in place.

Step nine: Place the cushion top right side up. Lay each backing piece on top, right sides down, so the hems overlap in the centre and raw edges are aligned with the cushion top. Sew around all four sides using a 14in seam allowance. 

Step ten: Turn the cushion right way out and insert a cushion pad to finish.

Complete the set!

Loved making this cute cushion? Make the quilt to match!

Strip quilt tutorial, Karen Lewis