Making a Tufted Cushion: Part 2

This part of the tutorial covers the rest of the steps needed to complete the cushion.
Please note for this project we used a 1/2'' seam allowance.
  1. Pin your two long strips together along the short edges and sew both of these seams. This will create the band that will get sewn along the sides of the cushion. Press these seams open.

  2. When we cut out our cushion pieces, we made small notches (matching points) at the centrepoint along each side of the square cushion pieces as well as at the centre along the long edge of the rectangular pieces (please note that the seams you just sewed will be two of your centre matching points) .Now we need to create matching points on the rectangular pieces that will match with the corners of our square pieces. On your rectangular piece, line up the seam one of your notches. Smooth out the piece and make a small clip where the fold sits. Repeat this step three more times for all your corner points.

  3. Once you have clipped all your notches, pin your long strip to one of your square cushion pieces matching your notches as you go. Make sure to have the seams on your rectangular pieces matching up along the long edges of your square pieces. This reduces excess bulk in the corners.

  4. Now it's time to sew the two pieces together. Starting at a centre point of one of your square cushion pieces, sew the two together with the square cushion piece on top wrong-side up and using the stitching from your piping as a guide. Continue sewing until you are 1/2'' away from the edge of the top piece.

  5. At the corner, leave your needle down in your fabric and lift up your presser foot. Pivot your project and make a small clip (in the long strip only) next to where your needle is sitting. Rotate your project back under the machine, line up the two unsewn edges, lower your presser foot and continue to sew.

  6. When you get to the corner where the piping ends stop a couple stitches short of the corner. Leaving your needle in the fabric, pivot your project and make a small clip in the long strip, where the needle stops (as you did on the other corners). Pivot your project while lining up your two unsewn edges together, and take a couple stitches on a 45 degree angle across the corner. Leaving your needle in the fabric, raise the presser foot again and pivot your project the rest of the way. Continue to sew the rest of your seam.

  7. Take a look at your project from the right side. If you find the seam allowance from your piping shows too much in the corners, you can always add a second line of stitching in the corners. If you need to do this, start stitching at least 6'' away from your corner point. Start this stitching in your previous line of stitching and then you can start to sew closer to the piping in the corners.

  8. Stitch the other square cushion piece on the same way but make sure to leave a large opening for turning and stuffing the cushion. Trim the excess seam allowance in your corners once you are done. Turn the cushion right-side out.

  9. Working outside and using the spray adhesive of your choice, spray one side of your foam and one side of your batting (You may want to wear an apron to protect your clothes from any overspray of the spray adhesive). Once the adhesive feels tacky to the touch, place the batting piece on top of the foam and press down with your hand over the whole piece. Flip the piece of foam over and repeat the same process with the other piece of batting. Allow the piece to sit for at least a couple of hours to dry. Using your hip as leverage, squish the foam and stuff it into the cushion. Take your time and just continue squishing and stuffing until the cushion is stuffed. Now we need to sew the opening shut. Fold under the seam allowance on your non-piped piece and pin in place making sure your notches match. Slipstitch this opening shut by hand.

  10. To mark your button placement, using your desired method, measure in 8'' from each edge and mark with a fabric marking pen. Repeat this process for all four spots on both sides of the cushion.

  11. For each set of buttons, cut a length of thread long enough to go through the cushion and back again with doubled thread. Make sure to also add a bit extra to allow for the long sewing needle you need.

  12. Feed the two ends of thread through the hole of the button and back through the loop on the other end of your thread. Pull on the thread ends until the loop is secured to your button. Once your needle is threaded, push your needle into the cushion using your button placement marking as a guide. You will want your needle to come out on the other side of the cushion at the button placement on that side so just keep shifting the needle around until it comes out where you want it.

  13. Feed the thread through your second button (you may need to unthread your needle to do this). Push your needle back through the cushion at the same spot. Gently tug on the threads until the cushion is as tufted as you would like. Tie your threads off a few times and trim the excess thread. Repeat this process until all of your buttons are sewn on.


Congratulations on completing your tufted cushion!

To see part one of our tutorial check out:  https://www.fabricana.com/blog/making-tufted-cushion-part-1

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