Introduction: Simple 9-Square Patchwork Cushion Cover

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This Simple 9-Square Patchwork Cushion Cover is the perfect introduction to patchwork. Its basic nature and quick production time give you a taste of what patchwork is as well as allowing you to develop the basic skills needed to pursue this particular craft. Even if you are already familiar with the patchwork technique, this project is a great way to personalise your bedroom or even just use some scrap fabric.

Step 1: Collect Materials and Equipment

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MATERIALS:

3 x Fabric Colours

White Thread

EQUIPMENT:

Rotary Mat

Rotary Cutter

Ruler (rotary or regular)

Fabric Scissors

Pins

*** If you do not have the rotary equipment, regular fabric scissors and a scratch-proof surface are also fine to work with however you will need to take extra care when taking measurements in order to produce accurately sized squares

Step 2: Make the Patchwork Square

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Collect the two colours of fabric that you wish to use for the patchwork.

Iron each piece of fabric so that there are no creases.

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Collect your ironed fabric, rotary mat, rotary cutter and ruler.

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Collect the rotary mat and one colour of fabric.

Place the fabric piece on top of the rotary mat, positioning it so that you are able to cut a strip of fabric that is 3 1/2 inches wide. Do this by lining the edge of the fabric up with a line that allows the fabric to cover three and a half squares.

*** I chose to use squares that were 3x3 inches however you can change the size of these if you wish. If you do change the size, you just need to ensure that you add 1/2 an inch to the size that you want your final squares to be to allow for seam allowance

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Place the ruler on top of the fabric, positioning it along the 3 1/2 inch line on the side of your dominant hand.

Cut the fabric along the ruler, pulling the rotary cutter towards yourself, to produce a strip of fabric.

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Place the strip of fabric that you produced into the corner of the rotary mat, as shown in the photos above.

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Place the ruler along a line that will produce a 3 1/2 inch square. Do this by placing the ruler on the left side of the fabric so that the remaining fabric on the right covers three and a half squares on the mat.

Using the rotary cutter, cut along the ruler on the side of your dominant hand, pulling the rotary cutter towards yourself.

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Repeat Steps 4-7 to produce five squares that measure 3 1/2 x 3 1/2 inches.

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Repeat Steps 4-7 with your second fabric, however this time only producing four squares.

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Collect the squares of both colours and arrange them in the 9-square pattern, as shown in the photo above.

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Separate the top line of squares from the rest of the pattern.

Set one of the squares aside, and leave two to work with.

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Place one square on top of the other with the right sides facing in.

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Pin along one edge.

On the sewing machine, stitch along the line of pins using a straight stitch.

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Open out the squares and flip so that the right-sides are down.

Gently pull apart the two sides of the seam and iron flat as shown in the photo above.

It is easier to do this by moving up along the seam with the iron, as opposed to placing the iron on top of the whole seam; as it ensures that you can continue to guide the seam apart to kept it as flat as possible.

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Flip the squares so that they are once again right-side up.

Collect the square that you set aside earlier.

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Place the single square on top of one of the other squares, right-sides facing in.

Be sure that the square that you place it on top of is the square that will be in the centre of the patchwork line.

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Pin along the outside edge as shown above.

On the sewing machine, stitch along the line of pins using straight-stitch.

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Open out the squares and flip so that the right sides are down.

Gently pull apart the two sides of the seam and iron flat as shown in the photo above.

It is easier to do this by moving up along the seam with the iron, as opposed to placing the iron on top of the whole seam, as it ensures that you can continue to guide the seam apart to kept it as flat as possible.

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Repeats Steps 11-18 with the other two lines of patchwork.

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Set aside one of the patchwork lines and leave the top two to work with.

Place one line on top of the other, right-sides facing in.

Be sure that the seams of each patchwork line are aligned as accurately together as possible, as this will ensure that the squares will be aligned in the overall patchwork square.

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Pin into place along one of the long edges.

On the sewing machine, stitch along the line of pins using straight-stitch.

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Open out the lines with right-sides down.

Gently pull apart the two sides of the seam and iron flat as shown in the photo above.

It is easier to do this by moving up along the seam with the iron, as opposed to placing the iron on top of the whole seam, as it ensures that you can continue to guide the seam apart to kept it as flat as possible.

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Collect the third line of patchwork.

Place it on top of the line that you wish to be in the centre of the patchwork square, right-sides facing in.

Again ensure that the seams are accurately aligned.

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Pin into place along the outside edge.

On the sewing machine, stitch along the line of pins using straight-stitch.

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Open out the lines with right-sides down.

Gently pull apart the two sides of the seam and iron flat as shown in the photo above.

It is easier to do this by moving up along the seam with the iron, as opposed to placing the iron on top of the whole seam, as it ensures that you can continue to guide the seam apart to kept it as flat as possible.

Step 26: Add the Border (optional)

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Collect your third colour of fabric, rotary mat, rotary cutter, and ruler.

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Iron out the fabric so that there are no longer any creases.

Measure the exact size of your patchwork square to ensure that the border pieces are the correct length.

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Lay the ironed fabric out on the rotary mat, positioning it so that you are able to cut strips of fabric that are 2 inches wide.

Do this by lining the edge of the fabric along the line that marks 2 inches on the mat and allows it to cover two squares width-wise.

Place your ruler along the 2-inch line and cut a strip of fabric by pulling the rotary ruler towards you along the side of the ruler.

From these 2-inch wide strips, use the same techniques to measure and cut four strips of fabric that are 11-inches long.

*** Again, I chose to make my border 1 1/2 inches wide therefore I cut fabric strips that were 2 inches wide. If you chose to change the width of the border, simply add 1/2 an inch to the final size of your border to include seam allowance

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Collect the patchwork square and the four border fabric strips.

Arrange the border strips around the patchwork square, as shown above.

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Take the top border strip and place it along the top of the patchwork square, right-sides facing inwards.

Ensure that the left corner of both pieces are aligned with each other.

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Pin the border strip into place along the outside edge.

On the sewing machine, stitch along the line of pins using straight-stitch.

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Open out the border with right-sides down.

Gently pull apart the two sides of the seam and iron flat as shown in the photo above.

It is easier to do this by moving up along the seam with the iron, as opposed to placing the iron on top of the whole seam, as it ensures that you can continue to guide the seam apart to kept it as flat as possible.

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Collect the second border strip and place it on the right side of the patchwork square as shown above.

Place it on top of the patchwork square, ensuring that it overlaps with the other border piece as well. The border piece that is already attached needs to remain folded out.

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Pin into place along the outside edge.

On the sewing machine, stitch along the line of pins using straight-stitch.

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Open out the border with right-sides down.

Gently pull apart the two sides of the seam and iron flat as shown in the photo above.

It is easier to do this by moving up along the seam with the iron, as opposed to placing the iron on top of the whole seam, as it ensures that you can continue to guide the seam apart to kept it as flat as possible.

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Collect the third border strip and place it on the bottom side of the patchwork square.

Ensure that it also overlaps the previously attached border strip at the corner.

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Pin into place along the outside edge.

On the sewing machine, stitch along the line of pins using straight-stitch.

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Open out the border with right-sides down.

Gently pull apart the two sides of the seam and iron flat as shown in the photo above.

It is easier to do this by moving up along the seam with the iron, as opposed to placing the iron on top of the whole seam, as it ensures that you can continue to guide the seam apart to kept it as flat as possible.

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Place the final border strip along the empty edge of the patchwork square.

Line the corner of this strip up with the corner of the patchwork square that does not have excess border strip on the edge.

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Unpick the border strip with excess fabric slightly from the patchwork square, as shown above.

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Pin along the outside edge to hold the border strip in place.

On the sewing machine, stitch along the pin line, however only until the end of the patchwork square.

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Unfold this final border piece and place it underneath the excess fabric of the adjacent border piece. The area that was unpicked earlier should allow this to happen.

Secure in place with a pin as shown above.

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Stitch along the gap that you unpicked on the sewing machine to close it.

This is easiest when you flip the first border strip that you attached back over and sew along the end of its seam again.

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Cut off any excess fabric using the fabric scissors.

The front of your patchwork cushion is now complete!

Step 45: Attach the Back

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Collect your patchwork square, fabric scissors, ruler, pins and the colour of fabric that you want the back of your cushion to be.

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Iron your fabric so that any creases are removed.

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Fold the top quarter of the patchwork square down and place it on top of the fabric.

Cut around the patchwork square as closely as possible, using the fabric scissors.

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Fold the patchwork square a third of the way over and place on top of the fabric again.

Cut around the patchwork square as closely as possible, using the fabric scissors.

You should now have two rectangles of fabric, one that is slightly larger than the other.

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Collect the larger of the two rectangles.

Fold the top edge approximately one centimetre downwards. Repeat so that it has been folded twice and pin into place.

On the sewing machine, stitch along the bottom edge of the fold using a straight-stitch.

This will create a hem that will prevent the cushion cover from fraying with use.

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Repeat Step 49 with the smaller piece.

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Collect your patchwork square and the two rectangular pieces that you just cut.

Lay the smaller piece on the top of the patchwork square, with the right-sides facing inwards, and then lay the larger piece on top of that.

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Pin around the edges of the cushion to secure the backing pieces in place.

On the sewing machine, stitch around the edges of the cushion cover using straight-stitch.

Cut the corners off, being very careful not to cut the stitching, as this will allow sharper corners on your final cushion.

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Turn the cover inside out and your 9-Square Patchwork Cushion Cover is Complete!

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