I absolutely adore the pattern on this fabric, not to mention the quality!  The photos really don’t do it justice, it has a fabulous weight to it, with exquisite designs and French typographic additions which compliment the design.  I have made myself two of these and they look beautiful in my bedroom – which I must add, is a very girlie haven!  The colours in the design make it very versatile and I think it would suit most colour schemes.
The fabric is ‘Melodie’ (100% cotton) in Natural (there is also a light blue version) and is available from Terrys Fabrics.  It is currently in their sale, priced at £7.99 per metre –  47% off the original price! Grab it now whilst you can!

What you’ll need:

 

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1)  As I said, this really is a quick and simple make, before long you can have enough cushions to fit your whole sofa, or to give as gifts for friends!  Firstly, iron the fabrics, measure and cut them to the sizes above.

2) Press a 1/4 inch fold on the 18″ edge of the calico. Then fold over another 1/4″ and press again.

3) Open out and sew along the edge of the first fold using a straight stitch, securing the first and last few stitches by backstitching a little.  Cut the loose threads, re-press the two folds and place the piece to one side.

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4)  Follow step 2 again on the 18″ x 8″ piece of Melodie fabric, then pin the ribbon along the folded and pressed edge.  Sew the ribbon onto the fabric using a straight stitch, taking your time and guiding the ribbon through with your left hand so that it doesn’t wrinkle or move away from the edge.   Again, secure the first and last few stitches, then snip the loose threads and place to one side.

 

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5)  Place the 18″ x 9″ ironed piece of Melodie fabric right side up (so that the design is facing you) and place the 18″ x 8″ (with ribbon) Melodie piece right side down (the design is now facing the first piece), lining up the top and side edges.  Finally, place the 18″ x 9″ calico right side down on top of the two Melodie pieces, lining up the bottom and side edges. Picture
6)  Place pins around the edges of the layers, ensuring that the sides are still aligned.  If you place the pins in vertically (as pictured), you can sew over the pins, however I prefer to take the pins out just before I reach them – occasionally one will cause the needle to snap and I value my eyesight!  I also added a few pins in the centre of the layers, to keep the hemmed edges flat and in place, so that they don’t pull on the sides. Picture
6686576_orig 7) Sew a 1/4′ hem around the outside of the cushion, remembering to secure your first few and last few stitches by backstitching/reversing, this is very important as you don’t want your stitches to come loose.  I used a 1/4′ hem foot (available from Coulsew at an excellent price, with free First Class delivery) or use the guide on your needle plate.  If you have not already got a 1/4″ hem foot, I strongly recommend you purchase one!  They are not expensive and it makes your sewing much more accurate, plus it saves you straining your eyesight if you’re sewing for a long time and is invaluable if you are a quilter – where accuracy is key!
8) Cut the loose thread, remove the pins in the middle if you used any and snip the corners, close to (but not touching) the stitching. 1406839946
9) Fold the cushion through to the right side and carefully poke the corners out, using a crochet hook/knitting needle or similar ‘pointy’ implement.  Pop your cushion filler inside (instruction for making your own rectangular filler above) and ta da! You’re done!  See, simple wasn’t it?  You want to make another one/ten now right?!  The size can obviously be adapted, but the process of putting it together will be the same.  Give yourself a big pat on the back, then sit back with a cuppa and admire your handiwork!

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The ribbon that I have used is one of many that are made by East of India.  These ribbons are of excellent quality and I use them in many of my projects.  East of India has an extensive, unique and distinctive range of goods including stationary, signs, ceramics and textiles. East of India products continue to be designed with love and care at their studio in Folkestone, England. They have developed some wonderful resources to help craft their designs using traditional skills passed down through the generations.  This ribbon is available from many online retailers as well as John Lewis, who provide a fast and reliable service.

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This beautiful Melodie fabric would also be perfect for a drawstring P.E or laundry bag, party gift bag or a set of curtains for a little girls bedroom.  I have several bag designs that I am planning to make, so you may well see this fabric again in future makes!  I have also made other cushions this size, using gorgeous ‘Scottie Dog‘ fabric which is also available from Terrys fabrics, and some seaside themed cushions (perfect for a Camper van/Caravan/beach hut), all of which are available to buy. Send me a message if you would like to buy any.  I’d love to hear from you and see your finished projects, so please do drop me a line if you’ve found this tutorial useful!  I will be writing a wallet tutorial soon, using some fabulous ‘Woodland’ themed fabric, this one is slightly more advanced so if you fancy a challenge please pop back soon! Right, I’m off to get my pi’s on, cosy up in bed and watch ‘Anne of Green Gables – The continuing story’, a blast from my childhood, I absolutely loved it then and it’s just as good now! Until next time x
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