‘Soften your Seat’ with our Cushion Workshop at the April Retreat – 20th April 2024


‘Soften your Seat’ with our Cushion workshop this month….. not just any old cushions, but Piped Cushions!!  With a zipper!! These are so fabulous….. you’ll want to make loads as Christmas pressies!  Just think of all those marvellous panels you can purchase at Festival of Quilts!

Cushions are sold in many places….  Fantastic cushions sell in places like Liberty of London for anything over £150 each! [Scandalous!!] ok… so you can get cushions in The Range for about a fiver…. but yours will be personalised!

For this project you will need to bring your own fabric.  Now,  you can use curtain weight fabric, furnishing fabric, canvas panels…. quilting weight cotton [BUT for this you would need to interface with G700]….. you can even make a panel out of one of the blocks from the Quilt-a-long – Quilted of course!!.. We are going to show you how to make Continuous Bias Binding out of a Fat Quarter… seriously – it can be done!

Let’s be a bit more specific about the fabric requirements:- you will need

  • a fat quarter to make the Bias Binding – which we suggest is a different or complimentary colour to your cushion choice – we are going to show you how to make continuous bias binding!!!
  • You will need 2 pieces of fabric that measure approx 18″ x 18″ square one for the front and one for the back of the cushion – these could be complimentary colours – or different!.  Bring thread to go with your fabric.

A Microfibre cushion pad WILL BE PROVIDED in your kit, along with the zip – which you get to choose on the day… however – so we all make the same size cushions – 42cm square or 16.5″ square…. [We have these already]; also provided will be the Piping Cord for one cushion…. we have plenty of this so you can buy extra to make more cushions!!

You could QUILT the front of your cushion!  [thats an oo-ah moment!],  or you can use a pre-printed panel…..you could do something real fancy…. a folded star perhaps? or like we said above, you could use one of the blocks from the Quilt-a-Long….. quilted of course!  We can show you how at club meetings

You could add a pocket to the front to make it a reading book cushion; maybe add a carry handle…. or tie tapes….. The possibilities are endless…..

Youre going to love this project sew much….. we can forsee a rush in demand to get more cushion pads and extra piping cord [we’ve got that too!].

So if your seat at Retreat is a bit ‘hard’…. now is the time to make a fabulous cushion…… alternatively of course…..This is preparing for Christmas ‘real’ early…..

All you need to bring is Fabric & Thread.

Hope to see you there!

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