Cute Cushion Redo

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Cute Cushion Redo

Course instructor: Julie Knudsen

Back In Bloom Design

Seat covers (600x428)


Nantucket summer fat quater (600x428)


Padding from 2 yucky, old, weathered outdoor chair cushions.
Quilt batting

I ‘m using Riley Blake’s new fabric line “Nantucket Summer” by Jody Taylor. (Yum)!
•    Cushion center squares can be cut from fat eighths, scraps or charms.
•    Remaining squares can be cut from fat quarters, or use charms.
•    First cushion border- 1 fat quarter.
•    Cushion outside border- 1 fat quarter.
•    Cushion backs-2/3 yd.

Course Instructions:

Cut old cushion open and remove inside padding.


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(NOTE): All seams are ¼”.

Cut 2- 5 3/8” squares from each of 2 different fabrics which will make four squares altogether.

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Couple squares RST using one of each fabric to make two squares.

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Draw a diagonal line down center of both sets of squares. Stitch a ¼” seam on each side of diagonal lines drawn.

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Cut squares down the center on the drawn diagonal lines.  

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Press seams to dark side and trim dog ears.

Cut 4-5” squares from coordinating fabric. Also cut 1-5” square for center.
Lay out the pattern you most prefer using all your 5” squares.  I used a different pattern for each cushion.

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Stitch squares together using a ¼” seam starting with the top row. Top and bottom row press seams to outside. Middle row press seams toward middle.

ns10 (600x400)Stitch rows together making sure you pin the seams so that they lock in place.

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At this point you want to measure your cushion block to check how wide you will need to make your borders.

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I made my inside borders 2” wide.
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The outside borders on the top and bottom also ended up being 2” wide. However, the borders on the sides needed to be wider in order to fit my cushion pad, so I cut them 3” wide.  
Stitch borders to block and press seams to outside.

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Pin cushion top to batting. “Stitch in the ditch” over all seams. 

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Zigzag all around outside edge of cushion block. Trim excess batting.

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Using the cushion top that you just finished sewing as a pattern, cut bottom from remaining fabric, along with batting for cushion bottom.

Zigzag bottom fabric to batting all around outside edge. Place cushion top onto cushion bottom RST. Stitch ¼” around outside edge making sure there is enough of an opening at the top to turn RSO and insert padding. I would suggest reinforcing all corners.  Also where the opening begins and ends. Trim corners, and turn RSO halfway through opening. Bend and insert padding through opening.  

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Pull cover evenly around padding. Pin opening, and “whipstitch” closed.


Instructions for both pillow slipcover tops. (All seams are a ¼” unless stated otherwise).

Materials needed:
•    2 different fat quarters for each basket.
•    1 fat quarter for background fabric for both baskets.
•    1- 10” square of 2 different fabrics for inside both baskets.
•    2 different fat eighths for both baskets inside borders.
•    2 different fat quarters for outside triangles surrounding basket blocks.
•    2/3 yd. fabric for pillow slipcover backs.
•    2- 18”X18” pillow forms.

Slipcovers one and two:

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Cut 9- 2 ½”X2 ½” squares each of basket fabric and background fabric. Put RST and draw a diagonal line from one end to end. Stitch on diagonal line and trim off half of square ¼” from seam line. Discard. Press seam to basket side. Makes 9 - 2 ½” diagonal squares altogether.   

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 (NOTE): For the basket on the second slipcover, one 2½” diagonal square will be replaced by a second background square.
Cut 2- 6 5/8” squares, one EACH from basket fabric and basket center fabric. Put RST and cut in half on the diagonal. That will give you two sets. Stitch one set together on the diagonal with a ¼” seam.  Discard the other half. Press to basket side.
Cut 2-2 ½”X6 ½”rectangles from background fabric. Cut 1- 2 ½” square from background fabric. (NOTE): Cut 2- 2 ½” squares from background fabric for second pillow slipcover omitting the ninth 2 ½” diagonal square. That means you would only need eight 2 ½”  diagonal squares for the basket on the second slipcover.


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Lay basket fabric pieces out on the table to visualize assembling order.
I rearranged the basket on my second slipcover to be slightly different from the first. Both slipcovers can be the same if you prefer. First, stitch the four diagonal squares together on the left side using a scant ¼” seam, making a row. Second, stitch the three remaining squares on the right making a second row also using a scant ¼” seam.  Attach both rows of squares to the basket center starting with the row of three squares on the right side. Stitch the second row of four squares to the left side of the basket center.

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Be careful to keep your points sharp. (HINT): I cheat by pressing my seams according to what makes my points look their best. Stitch remaining 2 ½” diagonal basket squares to 2½”X6 ½” rectangles making two separate strips. These form the bottom of your basket block. Stitch the first strip on the right bottom side of the basket block. Stitch the 2 ½”X2 ½” background square to the end of the last strip. Stitch last strip to left bottom side of basket block to finish.  
Your block should measure 10 ½”X10 ½”.


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Cut 2 -2 ½”X11” strips and stitch to opposite sides of the basket block. Trim excess. Cut 2-2 ½” x13 ½” strips and stitch to remaining sides of the basket block so that it is bordered on all sides. Trim excess.

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Cut 2-11½”X11½” squares and cut both on the diagonal to make four triangles. Stitch all four to the sides of basket block thereby forming a square. Trim the sides of your square making your finished block 19”X19”.

Instructions for both slipcovers are the same unless I made NOTES where the changes took place.

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To finish slipcovers, pin both tops to batting and sew all around outside edge using a zigzag stitch. Trim excess batting and discard.
Cut 2-11”X19” fabric panels for EACH pillow slipcover backside. Roll hem one 19” side per panel. For each slipcover, arrange two panels, (roll hemmed sides) overlapping. Pin RST to slipcover front keeping edges even on all sides.

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Attach by stitching a ¼” seam around entire outside edge. Turn RSO. Place each slipcover over the 18”X18” pillow forms through the opening in the back.

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All done!
Place new chair cushions and matching pillows on your outdoor furniture.  They will also look great on an office chair.


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It feels so much better to sit on something soft and comfortable and pretty too.

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