Sewing Cushion Covers for Fall
Decorative chickens are so fun for fall. Not sure why I swoon over chicken decor but I do. Living, squawking, pecking chickens not so much but ceramic or decorative chickens draw my attention every time Over the years I have collected various kinds of chicken decor for fal,l so this year I am adding a simple diy cushion cover to the mix.
While shopping in the USA in July I was able to find some orange and teal patterned material. There is enough material for one large cushion with a bit left over for a simple applique.
The basic cushion cover is super easy to sew with no pattern, zippers or buttons. Today’s post is for two large oblong cushions. The measurements are the same for both cushions.
To make two cushions you will need:
Large Oblong forms (I love the ones at Ikea 26″ by 16″)
2 yards of patterned cushion fabric
1 yard of plain cushion fabric
Wonder Under interfacing
Thread in a matching colour.
Chicken Set from Silhouette, Design ID #79649
CUTTING THE MATERIAL
Make sure your fabric is all preshrunk and ironed.
Cut the material for the front of your cushion. Make it 2 inches wider and two inches longer than your cushion cover (mine is 28″ by 18″). Th pattern on this material is very distinct so I made sure the largest pattern was in the middle before measuring from the center outwards.
Cut two pieces of material for the back of your cushion. Make these pieces 2 inches wider and five inches shorter that the height of your cushion cover (28″ by 13). This will give you enough material for the envelope and the folded seam allowance.
Sew all the edges of your material to prevent threads from unraveling. I do not own a serger so I do this with a zigzag stitch.
Make the rolled edge seams on the two back pieces.
Place your material good side down. Fold over the long side 1/2 inch and press. Fold over another inch and press again. Sew a seam along the edge. Repeat with the other back piece.
Place the front piece of the material good side UP. Place the second piece of material on top good side Down. If your material has a pattern make sure the pattern of the back pieces is in the same direction as the front fabric.
Pin the long seams together and sew a 1″ seam. Check to make sure your fabric is the way you want.
Pin the two side seams overlapping the two back panels and sew.
Turn your cushion right side out, use your fingers to push out the corners. Turn right side out and iron.d
ADDING THE APPLIQUE
You will need the chicken templates. I took these from Silhouette and resized them to 8 Inches high then printed them out as templates.
You will need a small piece of wonder-under interfacing.
Layer the interfacing and the fabric, icover with the chicken template pin together and cut out. Repeat with the other templates.
Keep the pins on the chicken templates cut tear off the paper backing of the interfacing. Place on your cushion and pin into place.
Once you are sure your satisfied with the placement iron the chicken templates with the material into place. Iron the chicken into place with a hot dry iron. This melts the interfacing. Remove the paper cover and iron again. Remove any wayward threads with small scissors.
My sewing machine does not have an applique stitch setting so I use a small zigzag stitch to sew around all the chickens. Typically I consider this step optional but with the bright contrasting colours on these cushions it looks much nicer sewn.
Do you have a soft spot for decor chickens, or is it a little too farmhouse country for your taste? Please comment below I always enjoy hearing from you.