Foundation Paper Piece colourful scraps to make a super-cute narwhal cushion design
FPP colourful scraps to make a cute narwhal cushion by Susi Bellingham
■ Seam allowances are ¼in, unless otherwise noted.
■ Press seams to the side, unless otherwise instructed.
■ RST = right sides together.
■ WOF = width of fabric.
■ WST = wrong sides together.
■ FPP templates include the outer seam allowance only. For templates, see p83.
The background fabric is Flax from the Essex Yarn Dyed collection by Robert Kaufman. The backing fabric is Sprinkle in Anna Blue from the Basics collection by Cotton+Steel.
1 From the rainbow fabric scraps and background fabric, prepare pieces for the FPP templates by cutting them roughly to the shape of sections, referring to the photo for colour placement. The pieces need to be at least ¼in bigger all round than the section on the template.
2 From the backing fabric cut two (2) 16½in x 22in rectangles.
PIECING THE TEMPLATES
3 Take FPP Template A and the Section A1 fabric piece. Place the fabric right side up on the unprinted side of the template against Section A1. Ensure that the fabric covers the whole section, plus at least ¼in all round. Pin in place, making sure not to pin along the seam line between Sections A1 and A2.
4 Take the Section A2 fabric piece and place it right side down on top of the Section A1 fabric piece, matching up the raw edges on the side where Sections A1 and A2 will be joined and making sure that when folded back along the seam line, Section A2 will be covered by the fabric plus at least ¼in all round. Pin in place.
5 Turn the template over to the printed side and stitch along the marked line between Sections A1 and A2, backstitching at the beginning and end of the seam. Fold the template away from the seam and trim to ¼in. Fold the template back, turn the work to the fabric side, flip Section A2 open and then press.
6 Repeat steps 3–5 to piece the remaining sections on FPP Template A in numerical order. Repeat to piece FPP Templates B–H.
MOVE OVER UNICORNS – WE THINK THAT NARWHALS WILL BE THE NEXT ANIMAL TREND!
PIECING THE CUSHION TOP
7 Arrange the 2½in x 4in rectangles in rainbow order. Join together into one strip along the long edges. Press seams open to complete the striped border.
8 Trim each pieced section along the dotted seam allowance line on the template, then arrange the sections as shown (Fig A).
9 Take Sections A–D and join them in alphabetical order. Repeat with Sections E–H.
10 Join the Sections A–D and E–H, then join the striped border to the bottom.
11 Embroider the eye of the narwhal using two strands of black embroidery thread, then repeat to embroider the cheek (Fig B). Trim to 16½in square to complete the cushion top.
QUILTING AND FINISHING
12 Make a quilt sandwich by placing the cushion top centrally and right side up on top of the batting. The batting will be slightly larger than the cushion top. Baste the layers together using your preferred method, then quilt as desired.
13 Trim off excess batting and square up the cushion top.
14 Take the 16½in x 22in backing fabric rectangles and fold both pieces in half, WST. Press, then topstitch both pieces along the folded edge using a 1/8in seam allowance to make two cushion back pieces (Fig C).
15 Place the quilted cushion top right side up. Matching up the raw edges, place the first cushion back piece on top with the bound edge running across the centre of the cushion.
16 In the same way, place the second cushion back piece at the bottom, with the hemmed edges overlapping in the centre. Pin or clip all round to secure.
17 Sew all around the cushion with a ¼in seam. Backstitch a few times where the cushion back pieces overlap for extra strength.
18 Carefully clip the corners, then turn the cushion right side out and press. Insert a cushion pad to finish.
Get creative with your embroidery to add character