CUSHION WITH MITRED CORNERS





Cushion cover with mitred corners

Cushion cover with mitred corners

I was given this delightful vintage fabric by a friend and I wanted to make a cushion cover but needed to use the minimum amount of fabric possible.  This cushion cover with mitred corners is the result.  I began with an 11″ panel and I wanted to make a cushion cover 14″ square.  Putting the fabric panel on ivory brocade showed me that the brocade would make a good border for the cushion cover.

 

 

Making the cushion cover front

A contrast squar in the middle of each border

A contrast square in the middle of each border

Sew the cushion cover borders

Sew the cushion cover borders

In order to end up with a 14″ panel, I needed to add a 2″ strip all round.  After seam allowances, that would give me an extra 1.1/2″ all round.  Rather than just use the brocade fo the border, I decided to put a 2″ square of the original fabric in each border.  Sew a 6.3/4″ strip of brocade to either side of the 2″ square.

 

Pin the border to the panel

Pin the border to the panel

 

With a pin mark the centre point of both the strip and the fabric panel and then pin the strip to the panel with right sides together.  Begin sewing 1/4″ from the corner and finish sewing 1/4″ from the other corner.

 

 

Sew the second border

Sew the second border

 

Make up a second border strip and square and sew this to the next edge of the fabric panel.  Take care not to catch the first strip in your stitching and again begin and finish sewing 1/4″ from the corners.

 

 

Make the mitred corners

Fold the panel along the diagoanl

Fold the panel along the diagonal

Mark a line following the fold of the panel

Mark a line following the fold of the panel

 

Fold the panel in half along the diagonal, matching up the two border strips in a straight line and with their ends together.  Place your ruler along the fold of the panel and mark a line across the border strip.

 

Pin and sew the marked line

Pin and sew the marked line

Trim the excess triangle

Trim the excess triangle

 

Pin either side of the marked line and stitch along the line, stopping at the stitching line that joins the panel to the border.  Cut the excess fabric triangle.

 

Mitred corner

Mitred corner

Add the rest of the border

Add the rest of the border

 

This opens out to give a lovely neat mitred corner to your cushion cover.  Continue with the two remaining border strips and mitre the other three corners.

 

 

Make the back of the cushion cover

Lay one backing piece on the cushion front

Lay one backing piece on the cushion front

 

For making the back of the cushion cover, I cut two panels of brocade 14″ by 10″.  This gives a 6″ overlap for the envelope opening at the back of the cushion.  Turn under a small hem along one 14″ edge of each panel.  With right sides together place the backing panels on the cushion cover front.  They will overlap across the middle of the cushion front.

 

Zigzag the raw edges

Zigzag the raw edges

The overlap at the back of the cusion

The overlap at the back of the cushion

Sew all the way round the square with straight stitch and then clip the corners and zigzag all round the raw edges to prevent fraying.

Turn the cushion cover right side out through the envelope opening in the back and fill with a cushion pad.


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