Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Scrappy Scatter Cushion - Free Tutorial

Hello there!

In November of last year I made my first Scrappy Scatter Cushion 
Back then I did promise you a tutorial for this project
and today I made another

I also finally got around to taking some pictures for this fun and easy cushion cover.
Here you go....

Scrappy Scatter Cushion Tutorial

What your going to need -

A cushion pad - (mine was 12" x 12")
Some scraps of fabric for front
Single piece of fabric large enough for back
Some ribbon
Scissors or a cutting mat & rotary cutter
Sewing machine

Step 1 -

pull out your scrap stash (here's mine!)

& pull out some strips of fabrics that take your fancy and look good together.
Its nice to have a mix of patterned and plain and also think about mixing different textures.

Step 2.

Now iron those scraps, you want them to be a bit longer than your cushion.
Cut the scraps into long triangle shaped pieces and lay them out in a pleasing pattern.

Step 3 

Time to start sewing!
Lay your strips RST (Right Sides Together), pin and sew a single seam.

After you sew a single seam, open it out and iron it flat.

Move along your collection of strips, laying Right Sides Together

& ironing the seams flat as you go.

When you've finished all that sewing & ironing you should have something like this...

Step 4 

Ribbon ! Lay some co-ordinating ribbon on top of your newly sewn scrappy fabric until your happy with the look.

Back to the sewing machine !
Sew the random ribbons in place (you can use one of your fancy stitches if you like)

Now your ready to trim your scrappy fabric to size ....
I trimmed mine to a 13" square (1 inch bigger than my cushion pad )

Step 5.

Now lets tackle the back. Its a simple envelope closure.
I cut two rectangles 13" x 9" one of my rectangles had a selvedge so no need to hem (yayy!)
(but if yours has no selvedge you will need to fold one long edge twice and hem)
For a plain back you can hem both rectangles on the long sides

but in your scrap search you may have found a piece that you can use to trim the cushion closing.
If you choose to trim the back heres the steps
You need a piece of co-ordinating fabric arrrox 1 & 1/2 inch deep.
Fold the fabric in half longways and press

Open out the strip, fold the edges in towards the centre and press again.

Pin the fabric strip along the long side of one of your rectangles, encasing the raw edge.

Finish off with a double row of top stitch.

Step 6 

Nearly there !
Lay your cushion cover down as below , pin and sew around the edges.

Step 7.

Trim the excess and snip the corners. Turn the cover right side out and your done !

Here's a view of the back ...

Now if you like you can embellish the cover a little more, I've added one of last weeks felt flowers

(& if you do make one I would LOVE to see it - why not post a picture on my Facebook Page?!)
Thanks for visiting & do come back soon !

Love Siubhan x x x


  1. I love this! I think one would look amazing in my house, for sure. I also really love the way you finished the back!

  2. The cushion looks really pretty. Great tutorial, now I know what to do with all those scraps. The ribbon finishes it off perfectly.
    Ali x

    1. Thanks Ali , I think it needs the ribbon too ! It was super easy really & makes you feel all the better for putting a dent in the scraps basket! x

  3. What a beautiful cushion! I have some co-ordinating scraps that would work really well like this so thanks for the idea - and a great tutorial! I've never finished the back like this before but will certainly have a go.

    1. Thanks Natalie ! Please do come back & tell me how your cushion looks !! x

  4. What a great idea for using up your scraps, I'm not a sewer myself but I will be passing this idea onto my mum, maybe she'll make me some :)

    1. Thanks Clare ! I hope she does make you some I LOVE mine ! x

  5. This is a lovely change from patchwork squares - and I have loads of fabric scraps so will have a go at this - thanks for the tutorial x

    1. Thank you ! I'd love to see a picture if you make one x

  6. This is a great way to use up scraps of material. Unfortunately I don't have any scraps but maybe one day?

    1. I ALWAYS have scraps ! Think they are going to take over the house soon ! x

  7. Another great way to use up my stash, and make something useful and pretty too!
    Great tutorial.
    Wendy x

    1. Thanks Wendy ! It always makes me sad to dump even the tiniest of scraps so this project really cheered me up ! x

  8. Oh that's so pretty! Thank you for sharing the tutorial :-) Simmi x

    1. Thanks Simmi ! Its sooo easy too , if you sew you should give it a go ! (ha! poetry!!)

  9. Super tutorial - thanks for sharing! Jo x

  10. What a outstanding collection of scatter cushions. Just love them all!!!
    AWESOME designs

  11. Wonderful tutorial! I loved the outcome!
    Great post!! I included it in my post Βόλτα στη Γειτονιά #26 :)
    Have a great week!!


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