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Cushions for the floor

I have always wanted to make some colourful applique cushions for the floor, but I find the time consuming process rather daunting! Recently I started thinking about a way to simplify the process and felt popped into my mind. You don’t have to hem felt, which makes the entire process so much easier.

You will need:

To make two 98cm square cushions:

[4] pieces of felt - yellow and pink - each of 1 metre wide and long
[2] pieces of linen for the back of each cushion - 1 metre wide and long
Embroidery thread - yellow and pink
Safety pins
Cushion inners - make your own or buy ready made

Here's how:

1.Cut the felt for the design
Fold one of each colour felt square vertically and horizontally into quarters and iron it to mark the creases. Unfold it and then fold it into quarters diagonally and press those creases as well. Unfold the piece and lay it flat. It will now have 8 marked segments. If any of the creases are unclear take the time to re-press them before you move on.

2. Print, cut and tape together the template.
Place template along the edges of one of the eight marked segments as shown. The long part of the template should be along the diagonal marking and the short side on the vertical middle marking. Using chalk, trace the template. Flip template over and move clockwise so that it is now in the next segment - long part along diagonal marking and short side along horizontal  middle marking - and trace in its new position.

3. Repeat the design
Keep flipping the template in this manner until you make it to all of the eight segments.

4. Cut out the design
Make sure that your piece looks like a cohesive shape before carefully cutting it out.

5. Attach to backing
Place the cut out shape on top of the backing, lining up the horizontal and vertical markings that you pressed into the fabrics. Smooth the top shape so it seems centred and flat.

6. Pin into position
Using bent arm safety pins, pin the shape into place around the shape’s edge and middle.

7. Sew in place
Cut a length of embroidery thread. Using a small running stitch sew along the edge of the shape taking out the safety pins as you come to them. Sew around the entire edge of the shape in this manner and you'll be done with the top.

Finishing off
Pin a linen cotton square to one of the cushion tops, right sides together and then, using a sewing machine, sew them together with a 2cm seam along three sides. Turn the pillow case right side out through the open side. Slide the cushion inner into the case through the open side and then the sew the open side shut with a slip stitch.


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