Foun­da­tion Pa­per Piece colour­ful scraps to make a su­per-cute nar­whal cush­ion de­sign

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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.


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.



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.


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

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