Guest blogger: Emma Jean Jansen, cushion project set continued

Saturday 22nd February 2014, 10.20

Earlier this week Emma Jansen shared with us her first Liberty print cushion sewing projects, and now she shows us how to make the second cushion.


Finished size 16” x 16” (40cms x 40cms)

Preparation and cutting out

Cut out the fabrics for the back of the cushion first.

From fabrics two, three, four and five:

Cut 1 x 8¾” x 8¾” square

Trace templates F & G onto Templastic and carefully cut out

Trace around each of these templates onto the paper side of fusible webbing.

Download the template and placement diagram for cushion 2 here.

You will need:

Fabric one, cut 4 x 4” circles Template F

Fabric two, three, four and  five, cut 1 x 7” rings Template G

Roughly cut each of the traced templates onto the fusible webbing.

Using your iron fuse the webbing onto the wrong side of the fabric and trim to the correct size.

From the linen background fabric cut 1 x 7” x 17” square

From the batting cut 2 x17” x 17” square


The next step is to fuse the circles in place. This can be done in one of two ways.

Both ways start by folding the background square into quarters and ironing the folds.

This then allows the Circle Placement diagram to be used either with a light box or a template on the top of your work.

When using a light box the Circle Placement diagram goes under the background square and the circles are placed directly over this. It is easy to do if you are using Steam a Seam (fusible fabric) as it will hold temporarily before ironing allowing you to easily arrange and move your work. Work with a quarter circle at a time.

The second way is to cut out the centre circle of the Circle Placement diagram and place this on top of the quartered background square. Once again work with a quarter circle at a time and position and fuse the centre circle first, and then remove the Circle Placement diagram and position the ring.

Whichever method you decide to use remember there is a ½” seam allowance around the outer edge of the background square which is not included in the Circle Placement diagram.

Once all the circles and rings are securely fused in place, they need to be appliqued in place. Raw edge applique was used in making the original cushion, but hand or machine buttonhole could be used. Use a thread to match the fabrics in the circles.

With raw edge applique you will need to sew around three times to ensure the edges are secure. It is not necessary to use free motion sewing for this, it works just as well with a normal sewing foot and with the feed dogs up as the work is small enough to turn as needed.

Piecing the cushion back

Arrange the four cut squares as you would like them, and join them to make a “Four Patch” using a ¼” seam allowance.

Finishing the cushion

Baste the cushion back onto a batting square and the cushion front onto a batting square.

Quilt as desired, by hand or machine.

Complete the cushion assembly by following the steps in cushion 1, to insert the zipper.

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