This 4 patch cushion is a great and simple way of showing the designs of your fabric. It has an envelope back and you can add a self cover button to the centre as a feature to the cushion.
What you'll need to make a 15" cushion cover:
- Four 8" squares for front
- Two 15.5" x 10" for the back
- A button
- Scrap piece of fabric to cover the button
- Needle and thread
- Scrap piece of wadding for the button
Use a 1/4 inch seam allowance
If your cushion is a different size, divide the size of the cushion by 2 and add half an inch seam allowance.
I've used the new Alice in Wonderland fabric from Craft Cotton Company who teamed up with the Victoria and Albert Museum in London to celebrate their upcoming exhibition, Alice: Curiouser and Curiouser. This is a 5 piece fabric collection featuring the wonderful illustrations from first published edition of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, illustrated by John Tenniel, 1866.
Click here to see exhibition details
Arrange your 4 squares how you'd like the to look on the cushion.
Place the second square on top if the first and sew down the right edge. Repeat with the 4th and 3rd square. Now you'll have 2 panels.
2. Place the bottom panel on the top panel, right sides together, and sew across the bottom edge.
3. Hem the bottom of one of your backing pieces of fabric and hem the top of the other piece.
To hem, fold the edge inwards by 1/4 inch and then 1/4 inch again, press and then sew in place.
4. Pin the 2 back pieces of fabric to front of your cushion, right sides together. Overlap the back 2 pieces making sure the hemmed edges are both facing inwards.
Sew all 4 sides.
5. Snip the corners of the cushion so that the corners aren't bulky (be sure not to cut through your stitches.) Turn the cushion right side out and press.
6. To make the self covered button, cut a piece of fabric twice the size of your button. Cut a small piece of wadding slightly bigger than the button to give it some padding.
TIP - fussy cut your fabric to feature a character or pattern on your button.
Place the button on wadding on the wrong side of the fabric in the centre. Use a running stitch to roughly sew around the outer edge of the fabric., close the the edge. Use double the thread to make it strong and make sure these stitches aren't too small.
7. Pull the thread tight until the fabric has gathered around the button and tie your thread off in a knot to secure.
8. Sew the button to the centre of the cushion cover by sewing from the back. You could go straight through the fabric on the button but I've fussy cut the cat so didn't want to disturb that!
9. Put your cushion pad inside the cover and you're done!