By Dawn, Oct 1 2017 08:51PM
It's so lovely to welcome back to our blog CreativeBlonde, whose "Darling Little Cushion" is a "go to" pattern for baby showers and little ones.
"Darling Little Cushion" is designed and created by CreativeBlonde who has very kindly written the super tutorial below. Enjoy x X
This beautiful cushion is made from the adorable fabrics in the ‘Darling Little Dickens’ and ‘Hushabye Hollow’ collection. Both collections are available from Honeybee Cloths
Cushion 18” x 18”
1 - Mini Charm park from the ‘Darling Little Dickens’collection
40" x 20” piece of the ladybug fabric from ‘Hushabye Hollow’ collection
5” square of natural linen
Small piece of interfacing (for the two small hearts)
‘Handmade’ button and small ribbon bow (optional)
The following paper templates can be downloaded from the Printed resources page:
- Paper hexagons 1" sides (2" across widest part) for paper piecing (28 in total)
- Heart templates; measuring 11” , 3 ¼” and 2 ½” at their widest point
Basic sewing supplies.
Let’ s begin:
Look through the mini charm pack, choose 28 pieces that you love, because these are randomly cut, some work better than others, when you fussy cut your 2” hexagon from them. I tried to not be fussy with the way I joined mine, but my ‘OCD’ took over, and I found myself rearranging the order for several hours, until I was happy…
Take your large heart template, and draw an outline using a removable fabric marker pen, and check all point are within your template, you will notice in the photo below, I added two half hexagons to each side.
Once your hexagons are all sewn together, remove the papers, I find a seam ripper is handy for helping with this process. (My Paper piecing tutorial can be found on my blog at creativeblonde)
Take your piece of ladybug fabric, and cut in half, to create 2 pieces measuring 20” x 20”. Draw round the large heart template, in the middle of one piece. Mark ¼” inside this area, and cut along this inside edge, using a small pair of sharp scissors. Make small snips in the curves of the fabric, this will help obtain a neater result.
This is what you should have so far…
Carefully pin your hexagon heart in place, and using a binding stitch and a cream thread (I use Superior King Tut hand sewing quilting thread) fold the seam allowance under.
Your finished hexagon heart…
The Reverse… because the ladybug fabric is pale, trim the excess fabric of the hexagons from the reverse, so this doesn’t show through to the front of the cushion.
Draw round the small and medium hearts onto the interfacing, trim away the excess. Fuse the small heart onto the left-over ladybug fabric removed from the centre of the cushion, and the medium heart to the 5” piece of natural linen.
Blanket stitch using a cream thread, the smaller heart onto the linen heart. Position onto the cushion and blanket stitch this is place.
With right sides together, sew along 3 and ¼ sides of your cushion cover, using ½” seam allowance. Leaving ¾ of one side open, to pop your cushion in. Trim away the excess fabric on the corners, to obtain a neater finish when turned right side out.
Press your cushion cover and insert your cushion. Using a ladder stitch, sew up the gap, press your cushion again carefully with the cushion inside.
Optional extras… I couldn’t resist adding a cute little ‘homemade’ button to the small heart, and a small ribbon bow to the hexagon heart…
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