Bachelor Puzzle Cushion/Pillow


 

Bachelor Puzzle Cushion Cover

Bachelor Puzzle Cushion Cover

The bachelor puzzle quilt block  is a good stand alone block which is why I thought that it would make a great cushion or pillow cover.  It’s a four patch block and I have made this cushion cover suitable for a 16″ cushion pad.

Cutting requirements

4.1/2″ squares:  four white

4.7/8″ squares:  two each in black and white, two each in black and yellow, two each in white and yellow

For the cushion backing you will need one strip of fabric 16.1/2″ by 36″

 

 

Bachelors puzzle quilt block

Bachelors puzzle quilt block

Make half square triangle units

Make half square triangle units

Making the bachelors puzzle quilt block

Make half square triangles with the 4.7/8″ squares in the colour pairs listed above.  Place two squares with right sides together and mark a line along the diagonal.  Sew a 1/4″ seam either side of the marked line.  Cut along the line to produce two half square triangle units.  Press the seam allowance towards the dark fabric and trim the corners.  These are now 4.1/2″ squares.

Bachelors puzzle quilt block layout

Bachelors puzzle quilt block layout

Lay the squares out in four rows of four.  There is one white square in each row, but they are in a different position within each row.  Although they all face in different directions, you can see that each quarter is made with the same four patch unit:  a black/yellow half square triangle diagonally opposite a white square, and a black/white and yellow/white half square triangle diagonally opposite each other.

Sew the squares together across each row and then sew the rows to each other to complete the bachelors puzzle quilt block.

Hem both ends of the cushion backing

Hem both ends of the cushion backing

How to turn the quilt block into a cushion cover

For the cushion backing you will need a strip of fabric the same width as the quilt block (16.1/2″) by 36″ long.  Turn under a small double hem on both the short ends to cover the raw edges.  I usually machine sew these hems, although you may prefer to hand sew them if you don’t want the stitching to show.

 

Lay the patchwork on the cushion backing

Lay the patchwork on the cushion backing

Fold the backing up over the patchwork

Fold the backing up over the patchwork

Lay the backing fabric down with right side up.  Lay the bachelors puzzle quilt block on top of the backing with right side up.  Match the middle of the of the quilt block with the middle of the cushion backing so that you have the same length of backing below and above the patchwork.

Fold the bottom edge of the backing up so that it partially covers the quilt block.  Check that the fold in the backing is exactly at the edge of the quilt block.

Fold the backing over the top half of the block

Fold the backing over the top half of the block

Trim the corners to reduce bulk

Trim the corners to reduce bulk

Now fold the top edge of the backing down so that it overlaps the bottom edge of the backing and completely covers the bachelors puzzle block.

Sew all round the edge of the square – use a generous seam allowance if necessary to make sure that you catch all layers in your stitching.

Trim the corners of the square, making sure that you don’t cut the stitching.  In the photo on the right you can see that the top seam is a fold so that no raw edges are showing.  The side seams will need to be zig zagged to prevent fraying.

Back view of the bachelors puzzle cushion

Back view of the bachelors puzzle cushion

Turn the cushion cover right side out through the gap created where the two layers of the cushion backing overlap.  Gently insert a cushion pad through the same gap.  That completes the bachelors puzzle cushion cover.  It really hasn’t taken very much time to make.

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  1. Hai Rose.. Thank you so much ..Its very good design and it is easy also.. Thanks for tutorials.

    • Thanks, Vani. You’ve beaten me to it – I was going to email you to ask if this was the sort of pattern that you wanted.

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