Valentine’s Day is coming closer and maybe you are already thinking about a gift for your loved one. How about making something different this time. Not a card, not a tag, but a cushion. A comfortable pillow, colorful and soft, big (65 x 65 cm / 26 x 26 inches) and with a broad floppy border, really easy and fast to sew.
Layer a piece of foundation fabric 70 x 70 cm / 28 x 28 inches with a thin piece of batting the same size.
Put a piece of fabric 45 x 45 cm / 18 x 18 inches in your background color in the middle of the batting. Sew border strips in 4 different colors around the background piece. The strips have a width of 4,5 cm / 1 3/4 inches. Sew through all layers – sewing and quilting at the same time.
Now sew border strips the color of the background around the piece. These strips are 9 cm / 3 1/2 inches wide.
Fuse 4 hearts to the piece and appliqué them by machine.
Cut 2 pieces of background fabric for the back of the cushion, adding a few inches so that the pieces overlap in the middle of the backside. Hem both of these pieces where they overlap.
Sew backsides to the top. Turn the cushion right sides out and sew once again in the ditch between the colored and the uni borderstrips.
Put a pillow 50 x 50 cm / 20 x 20 inches in the cover.
I hope you like this idea for a gift. And it’s not only for Valentine’s Day. Think about Mother’s Day, birthdays, a gift for your son/daughter at college, …….. So why not sew some more cushions while you are at it. Have fun!