SEW Hip! Patchwork Cushion
(issue 11) has been completed and in record time!

This latest 2010 SEW Hip! Challenge project took approximately 3 hours to make and that includes time wasted dawdling.

This is the ultimate sunday afternoon sewing treat.

So why did I choose the SEW Hip Patchwork Cushion? The reason is quite simple I needed another cushion for my newly made-over living.




After a particularly long and hot summer I realised that my living room like myself was in need a energy boost. Unfortunately my rental agreement has a mile long list of decorating don'ts so the only option open to me was to make-over my cushions.

So that is exactly what I did.

fabric - energy boost

The beauty of the internet is that you don't have to play the "I am not sure what I want"…game with millions of sales assistants to find fabrics you like. At a click of a button you can find you perfect energy boost in a second.

My energy boost came by the way of Lila Tueller's Santorini range. Not only are the colours invigorating but some of the fabrics remind me of Charles Rennie Mackintosh's Rose motif.

Being a huge fan of the Arts & Crafts style the Santorini fabric range became an instant winner.


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The SEW Hip! Patchwork Cushion is incredibly easy to make. All you need to do is make sure that your fabric rectangles are cut to the correct size and shape.

I know this sounds obvious but as I discovered when making my SEW Hip! Strips & Bricks quilt; some rectangle simply don't want to be rectangles even when you use a template!

So to ensure the rest of the SEW Hip! Patchwork Cushion runs without a hitch – spend a little extra time on the cutting part.


fabric-rectangles- instructions

Before sewing all your rectangles together I recommend laying them all out as per the instructions to make sure the fabrics work.

I am not sure why this happens, but sometimes fabrics that look fabulous grouped together lose their sparkles when cut.

I originally started off with four fabrics plus the Osnaburgh (main fabric) but after laying them out I realised that two of my chosen fabrics (orange & yellow block) were surplus to requirement.

As painful as it was to have to cut out more fabric rectangles; the end result was worth it.

As they say "no pain, no gain".

fabric - rectangles- piecing


Piecing your fabric rectangles together is a breeze as long as your fabric cuttings are close to the measurements laid out in SEW Hip!

For once mine were so the actual sewing part went like a dream. In fact, it went so well I allowed myself to drift off for a second.

A second after that I discovered that I had sewn through one of my fabric pins – I actually had to cut my fabric pin away before carrying on. No damage done so all good.


As I mentioned at the beginning the SEW Hip! Patchwork Cushion is really easy to make. This is partly due to the style of the cushion and of course to the clarity of the instructions there is however just one thing missing from the instructions – the binding information.

Most SEW Hip! patterns involving binding usually have a section on what it is and how to make it the Patchwork Cushion pattern unfortunately doesn't.


It is of course very easy to find information on binding making on the internet or in quilting books but if you just want to get on with it you could try this;

binding-making binding-making

1. Cut 2"x19" strip of matching fabric and iron in half lenghtwise.

strips of matching fabric strips of fabric lenghtwise

2. Open the strip of fabric out and then iron each 1" side in on it self again to the center fold.

fabric strip - center fold fabric strip - center fold


3. Each strip side should now measure 1/4", fold side in and iron the center fold.

The SEW Hip! Patchwork Cushion instructs you to add your binding to one of your back pieces.  I opted to add binding to both pieces to minimise any fraying of the Osnaburgh fabric.

To add another piece of binding simply cut 2x (2"x19") strips of fabric.

Once the binding has been sewn up, all that remains is to piece the front & back sections together and insert your 18"18" cushion filler.


binding - cushion filler


With it's cushion filler in place my cushion looked fantastic. There was only one little thing amiss; the cushion filler was bulging out through the back.

The easy option would have been to ignore it and to begin my SEW Hip! project celebrations (Earl Grey tea & biscuit) but I knew the bulging mass would get to me in the end.

Luckily I bought a couple of cover buttons the last time I went to Spotlight. They weren't on my shopping list but very few things are that I bring home from there.

The cover buttons come under the "just in case" category of purchases like my YoYo makers and Roundshank needles.

I have no idea what Roundshank needles are used for but I have some just in case.


button - metallic teeth

I can't believe how simple it is to make buttons. All you do is wrap some fabric over the top cover, feed the fabric over some little metallic teeth and snap on the back.

Custom made buttons in seconds!

custom made button


custom made button - button hole

To complete my SEW Hip! Patchwork Cushion I had to sew in a button hole. I have never sewn a button hole before so I have to admit I was really excited about using the weird Huskystar E10 button hole foot.

Making Button holes is fun!

My first attempt may not be spectacular but it's not bad and it does the job – my custom made button slots through the button hole and the bulging mass is now gone.



button hole maker


Button & Bulge out of sight it is with relative ease that I present my Mackintosh Rose inspired SEW Hip! Patchwork Cushion!


Please click SEW Hip! Patchwork Cushion – Fabrics for more information



SEW Hip! Patchwork Cushion

SEW Hip! Patchwork Cushion

SEW Hip! Patchwork Cushion

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