This is a big, beautiful applique cushion that's surprisingly easy to make! I made it for my mom, and she totally *loves* it!
All that's needed are a few scraps of leftover fabric, scissors, an iron, fusible interfacing, an old pillow for stuffing, a little cotton thread or yarn, a few buttons, and, of course - good ol' needle and thread! I've provided the applique template here to print out, so cutting according to the precise measurements is no hassle at all!
Step 1: Step 1 - Tracing and Cutting
Print the template (see the first picture below!) and trace the shapes onto heavy paper or cardstock, and then cut the pieces out (if your printer supports heavier-paper types, you can print directly on the cardstock itself, and then cut the pieces out!) On the wrong side of a sheet of fusible fabric interfacing (the glue/fusible side should be facing down), trace the shapes as follows: four large petals, four inside-tulip petals, four right-side tulip petals, four left-side tulip petals, and twelve leaves (the number of each shape to be cut is noted on each piece on the template, so this is easy!) Set the circle-cutouts from the template aside; it'll be used later on!
Step 2: Step 2 - Sewing the fabric pieces
Choose different colors for each group of pieces, except for all of the right and left tulip petals (which all should be the same color!) Work with one group at a time; in this example, we'll look at the leaves first. Place a swath of fabric for the leaves, right side up, under the fusible interfacing, with the side of the tracing facing upwards. Using the marked outline of the piece as a guide, and keeping the fabric under in place, sew in place the leaves; don't leave any openings! Repeat this for all of the other groups of pieces, with their respective fabrics!
Step 3: Step 3 - Cut the pieces
Cut all of the pieces out, close to their seams, but not too close!