This cushion cover is the simplest form to make with an envelop style backing. More complicated styles with zips and things can wait for another time. The front of the cushion cover is made entirely from 2.1/2″ squares. There are nine rows of nine, making an 18″ square. The design is loosely based on an Amish design called Sunshine and Shadow.
Cut five dark blue squares, sixteen yellow, sixteen pink, twelve white, fourteen light blue and sixteen red squares. You will also need an 18.1/2″ wide strip of fabric for the patchwork panel backing and the cushion cover backing and an 18″ cushion pad.
Making the cushion cover front
Normally I would recommend starting at the top lefthand corner, sewing each row together and then sewing the rows together, but for this cushion cover I felt safer starting with the middle row and sewing the rows above and below it. That way I could check each time that I had sewn the colours together in the right order across each row. I won’t list the layout of the squares as I think that it is self evident from the photo.
Press each row with all the seam allowances facing in one direction and then check when sewing the rows together that the seams of one row face in the opposite directions to the seams of the row that it is being sewn to. This makes your seams less bulky. Pin each seam before sewing the rows together. That way you can keep the seam allowances facing the way you want them to and also keep each square in line with the squares above and below it.
Back the patchwork cushion cover panel
For the backing of the patchwork panel, cut an 18.1/2″ square from the 18.1/2″ strip of backing fabric. Place the square with the patchwork panel, wrong sides together. Pin and sew together. I used simple lines of stitching along the seam lines in one direction only. You could use a more complex quilting design if you choose.
Make the cushion cover backing
Take the remainder of the 18.1/2″ strip and cut it into two rectangles about 18.1/2″ by 12″. On one long edge of each rectangle turn under a small hem once and then turn under again so that the raw edge is completely protected. Stitch close to the edge. I have used white thread so that you can see what I have done, but obviously a matching thread would have been preferable.
With right sides together, place one of the backing panels across the lower half of the patchwork panel with the hemmed edge across the middle. Place the second panel across the top of the patchwork panel, overlapping the first panel by about 6″. This will create the envelop opening for you to insert the cushion pad.
Sew right round the edge of the panel, checking that you catch all the layers of fabric in the stitching. Clip the corners and zigzag the raw edges to prevent fraying. Turn the cushion cover right side out through the evelope opening, gently push the corners out and insert a cushion pad. That completes this simple patchwork cushion cover.
More ideas for cushion covers
Having mastered the basics of making a cushion cover, you can repeat the process using any design you choose for the patchwork panle. This one was made using three strip of 2.1/2″ fabric sewn together and then cut into lengths – two lengths of 18.1/2″ and three lengths of 6.1/2″. There is an 18.1/2″ length running down each side and the centre panel is made of three 6.1/2″ lengths sewn together lengthwise. You will need two 2.1/2″ strips of each fabric.