This little festive cushion will brighten up any bedroom and bring a cheery little smile to those excited kiddies! We wanted to make a cushion with a pocket so that we could pop little surprises in for our children to wake up to. Kids also love filling the pockets with treats for the elves, and lists (and more lists!) for father Christmas.
This cushion is quilted for a nice cosy finish, and we’ve added a little ric rac and pom pom trim to make it extra special. We made a little video which you can watch below, or scroll down for the tutorial.
You will need:
- 1 cushion form measuring 43 x33cm
- Christmas fabric:
- 2 back pieces measuring 45 x 18.5cm
- 1 main piece measuring 45 x 35cm
- 1 pocket piece measuring 17 x 12cm
- matching fabric for pocket measuring 17 x 12cm
- batting measuring 45 x 35cm
- plain backing fabric measuring 45 x 35cm
- 36cm zip
- Taylors chalk
- Stitch ripper
- 1.4m Pom pom or ric rac trim
1. Place the plain backing fabric on the table and lay the batting on top. Put the large piece of Christmas fabric on top, rights side up and pin the three layers together. Sew along the edge of one of the long sides, to hold all the pieces together.
2. Use Taylor’s chalk to draw wavy lines vertically down the front of the cushion for quilting, starting from the sewn edge. Space the lines about 2cm apart.
3. Starting from the centre along the sewn edge, sew over the wavy line marked out. We used a regular machine foot for this but you could also use a quilting foot if you wanted. Repeat for the other lines, going in order from the centre out. Check to make sure the backing fabric at the bottom remains flat.
4. Pin the two pocket pieces right sides together and sew with a 1cm seam allowance, leaving a 2.5cm gap along one edge for turning. Trim the corners and edges, then turn out and press. Make sure the turning gap is tucked in and pressed too.
5. Add a decorative stitch in a contrasting thread along the top of the pocket, 1cm down from the edge. Pin the pocket onto the centre of the quilted fabric. Pin and sew, leaving the top edge open.
6. For the back of the pillow, Pin the two long rectangles together along one of the long sides. Place the zip in the centre of the seam and use Taylor’s chalk to mark where the ends are.
7. Sew along the pinned edge with a 1cm seam allowance to the first chalk line. Then increase your stitch length (we set ours to 5) and sew a basting stitch to the second chalk line. Adjust to a normal stitch length and continue to the end of the fabric. Press the seams open, then place the zip face down in the centre of the seam and pin in place.
8. Use a zipper foot to sew around the zip on the right side of the fabric, as close to the zip as you can. Use your hand to feel where the zip is as you go. You can slide the zipper out of the way when you get to that bit. Use a stitch ripper to unpick the basting stitches.
9. On the front of the quilted fabric, pin the ric rac trim all the way around the edge. Sew the trim, as close to the edge as possible to secure in place.
10. Open the zip 3/4 open and pin the zipped farbic and quilted fabric right sides together. Sew all the way around the cushion with a 1cm seam allowance. Trim any excess.
11. Turn out the cushion and add the pillow form to finish.
With thanks to our lovely friends over at Brother Sewing for sponsoring this post.
~ Tia & Laura xx ~