I’ve recently moved and have been thinking of new accessories to make, one project I’m very excited to start is Amy Butler’s Gum Drop Cushion & Ottoman. I got the pattern for Christmas, but didn’t have enough room for an ottoman. Amy Butler also has some amazing free pattern. I’ve made the kitty pillow and the business card holder for my DH and they both turned out well.
In the spirit of moving and making new accessories, here is a really simple pattern for creating an envelope pillow cushion and is also a great pattern for getting rid of bigger chunks of extra fabric. I think it would also look really cute to add some buttons to the back where there is an overlap, or add an applique to the front (make all markings first so you know where the best place on the front).
1) Measuring the fabric: Take the measurements of the pillow and for the width, keep the same measurement as the pillow (there aren’t any seam allowances measured in because it helps to keep the cushions plumped up a bit more). For the length, times the measurement by 2 and add 4.
So, if I have a 12″ x 12″ pillow:
width = 12
length = 12 x 2 + 4 = 28
2) Across the short ends mark 1/2″, which will be the hemmed edges.
Fold the short edges down so that they overlap each other 4.5″. I know there must be a mathmatical equation to figure out how many inches that is for custom pillows, but I’m not that good with numbers so here are the measurements to fit standard square cushions:
12″: fold over 8″ from edge
14″: fold over 9″ from edge
16″: fold over 10″ from edge
18″: fold over 11″ from edge
3) Fold over the hem 1/4″ and press down. Fold, press and pin down another 1/4″, which will encase the raw edges and create a neat hem. Sew hem.
4) Right sides facing, fold over where you’ve made the marks on the long edges; there should be a 3.5″ overlap of the edges.
5) Sew the long sides together with a 1/2″ seam allowance. Zig-zag stitch your raw edges to prevent fraying and turn inside out!
I hope I’ve made that clear and easy enough.