What could I make with some cute Christmas scraps and a sweet applique template? I decided to whip up a ‘Christmassy’ cushion that’s perfect for the beginner. It would make a beautiful addition to any Christmas decor collection or bedroom interior. It uses a mix of appliqué and very basic patchwork. So it’s really quick to make. It also has a very simple envelope opening at the back. This means no button holes, no zips, no stress. And as an added bonus, this type of cover is great for kids as it’s soft for them to sleep on (if they wish). You simply slip the cushion into the cover. The completed size is a 12 inch square, so it naturally takes a 12 inch cushion insert (however, you can make it any size you like).
Follow along below to discover how easy this Christmas Cushion is to make.
WHAT DID I USE?
- my printer to print a template like my ‘Little Deer’ template included below
- fabric – I collected some 100% cotton quilter’s weight fabric scraps (from my overflowing scrap box). This included a white base scrap for my applique (a 22cm square), and some cheery Christmas charm squares and yardage for the cushion back (two pieces about 33cm wide and 25cm deep).
- vliesofix or Easy Fix (17cm square)
- a pen
- the iron and ironing board
- Ric Rac trim in two coordinating colours (25 cm long and 35 cm long)
- the sewing machine
WHAT DID I DO?
To start the cushion, I created an applique deer on my white fabric panel. If you’re confident with applique, you’ll know what you’re doing here! If this is something new to you, it’s a very easy technique to master. I have created a separate tutorial all about the basics of appliqué just to support this project. You can read all about it HERE. You can also save and print this FREE ‘Little Deer’ template to use.
As a quick refresher, you can follow the diagram for applique below;
1. Trace your applique template onto the paper side of your vliesofix or easy fix, and cut around it
2. Iron your template onto the wrong side of your fabric
3. Cut around your template on the lines
4. Here’s your cut out little deer
5. Peel off the backing paper
6. Position your deer on the right side of your fabric and iron it into place
7. Blanket stitch around the perimeter of the deer to secure the applique
8. Here’s how your blanket stitched applique will look from the back
9. Here’s your cute little completed reindeer from the front
HOW DID I CREATE THE CUSHION TOP?
Once my sweet little Christmas reindeer was appliqued, I set about choosing some fabric scraps to make a border of sorts. I wanted my completed project to be a 12 inch square, so I used scraps to fit. So here’s where you can get really creative or keep things super simple. I chose some coordinating Christmas prints.
I laid out two charm squares (5 inch) to add to the side of my deer applique. After sewing them together with the overlocker, and ironing them flat, I then pieced them together with the deer applique. Now, I realise overlocking (or serging) isn’t the best way to patchwork! But it’s great if you’re working with pieces that aren’t too small. And it’s also handy for projects that will be laundered regularly.
After trimming the overhang away, I covered my main seam with some cheery red ric rac.
Next came the base. I stitched three five-inch charm squares together to make a base strip. I then pressed them neatly.
Being careful to match up the seams, I then overlocked the deer applique and base strip together. Then I covered the seam with some more cute ric rac. And came up with a top piece like this!
HOW DID I PUT IT ALL TOGETHER?
Once the cushion top was completed I created a very simple envelope opening on the back. I used the same method as described in my tutorial over at Sew McCool. You can see it HERE.
But basically, I cut two pieces of fabric 33cm wide and 25cm deep. I hemmed the top of one and the bottom of the other, as pictured below. I then overlapped them on my cushion top with the right sides of the backing pieces facing the right side of the cushion top. After pinning the layers, I carefully overlocked them together.
All that was left to do was trim the corners, turn the cover right side out and iron it.
The completed back of the cushion with the envelope opening looked like this;
And the front turned out super sweet too!
Now my Christmas Cushion just needs a good home. It’s a simple and quick project made in a few hours, that makes a perfect gift. Hope you like it!
If you’re looking for more quick and easy Christmas ideas, this POST has some great ideas!
I’d love to see your Christmas projects so be sure to share your links or post them to the Molly and Mama facebook page wall!
Happy stitching, Lauren x
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