Comfy seating for impromptu gatherings
Cotton fabric, 1.5m (1½yrds) Cotton fabric for piping, 1m (1yrd) Piping cord, 4.5m (4½yrds), 0.5cm (¼") wide Matching sewing thread Zip, 53cm (207/ 8") long Square cushion pad, 53 x 53cm (207/ x 207/ 8"), 15cm 8 (6") deep Whether you’re having impromptu drinks at yours, welcoming unexpected guests, or just entertaining friends and family, there’s always a call for extra seating over the festive season. This comfy floor cushion is so handy to have stashed behind a sofa or in a cupboard under the stairs, and gives an informal cosy charm to any gathering.
We couldn’t resist trying out Rifle Paper Co’s new fabric range for Cotton and Steel (swoon), and used Tapestry in Rose for a folksy, whimsical feel. It's beautifully finished with navy blue piping which you’ll make yourself, although you can buy ready-made piping from most haberdasheries if you prefer. Use a 1.5cm ( 5 /8") seam allowance throughout the project unless otherwise specified.
01 Cut two 56 x 56cm (221/ 8 x 221/ 8") top and bottom pieces, three 56 x 17cm (221/ x 6¾") side pieces 8 and two 56 x 10cm (221/ x 4") zip 8 pieces from your main fabric and put to one side.
02 With right sides (RS) together, fold the cut side of your piping fabric over to the selvedge edge to create a triangle shape. Cut along the fold, then cut 5cm (2") wide strips from each side of this cut, so along the bias. You’ll need the combined length of all your strips to come to 4.5m (4½yrds).
03 Sew together half of your bias strips as shown, making sure the long edges line up and the bias of the fabric remains in the same direction. Repeat with the other half to make two long strips.
04 Cut a strip of piping cord to the same length as a bias strip. Fold the strip around the piping cord with wrong sides ( WS) together and sew along the length. Repeat with the second bias strip.
05 Pin one piece of piping around all four sides of the top cushion piece, RS together and aligning the raw edges. Cut into the seam allowance at the corners to help it curve around, then sew, leaving the ends of the piping cord unsewn.
06 Overlap the two ends of the piping cord and cut so they butt up against each other with no overlap. Trim the bias strip so the ends overlap by approximately 8cm (31/ 8"), then fold over the end of one piece to the WS by 2cm (¾"). Position this over the top of the raw edge, then pin in place and sew.
07 Repeat Steps 5-6 with the remaining strip of piping and the bottom cushion piece.
08 Cut two 35 x 10cm (13¾ x 4") pieces from your main fabric. Fold each piece in half along the length with WS together and press. Open out, fold over all four edges on each piece to the WS by 1cm ( 3 /8"), press, then fold in half again. Top stitch around all four sides 0.5mm (¼") in from the edge – these will be your two handles.
09 With RS up, place a handle centrally onto one of the side pieces. Pin, leaving some slack in the handle so it’s easy to pick up, then secure by sewing a rectangle roughly 4 x 3cm (15/ 8 x 1¼ ") with a cross through the centre (as shown) at either end. Repeat the step with your remaining handle and a second side piece.
10 Pin one side piece with a handle and one without RS together. Sew along one short edge. Sew the other side piece with a handle onto the remaining short edge of the piece without in the same way to make three sides of your cushion.
11 With RS together, pin the edge of the zip along the length of a zip piece. Sew using a zipper foot.
12 Open the zip, then sew the other half of the zip to your remaining zip piece in the same way.
13 Close the zip, then pin and sew the short ends of the zip piece to the short ends of your cushion side with RS together to form a loop. Open the zip again.
14 Pin the side piece to the cushion top with RS together, aligning the raw edges and encasing the piping as you go. Using your zipper foot, sew around all four sides, keeping close to the piping. Repeat with the bottom cushion piece.
15 Turn the cushion cover RS out through the zip opening and press. Put your cushion pad inside, then close the zip to finish.
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