The latest addition to our ‘Covid warrior projects’ is this deceptively simple double flanged cushion cover. Other projects have included our ‘fitted face mask’, ‘reversible peg bag’, ‘circular bag project’, ‘simple six pocket bag project’ , ‘decorative stash bag’, decorative appliqué bag and most recently our cute little fitted scalloped apron.
All these projects have been designed to bring us together with a common goal in mind. So whatever your situation, shielding, homeschooling, furloughed or now getting back to some form of work, the aim is to give you something creative and practical to work on.
What you will need
1 metre of curtain weight cotton, 140-150 cm wide. This will make three double flanged cushions; from this cut three 16″ ( 41cm) square cushion fronts and six 9 3/4″ (24 cm) wide and 16″ (40.5 cm) in length backs, to make up three pairs.
0.25 metre each of lighter weight cotton for binding in two contrasting colours. From this you will cut four lengths, 2″ (5cm) wide and four lengths 1 3/8″ (3.5cm) wide, sufficient to make six metres when joined.
Nine buttons and thread to match cushion fabric and wider binding.
Preparing cushion squares
- Neaten the edges of the centre back panels by an overlocker or a seam and overcast stitch.
- Press a 1 1/4″ (3 cm) seam allowance along each panel.
- Mark three buttonholes on left backs, dividing equally along the length and sew in place.
- Mark button holes on right back and sew in place.
- Place cushion front face down and add two back panels, face up, so that left front with buttonholes overlaps right back and all edges are equal.
- Using a 1/4″ (6mm) seam, pin and sew around all edges to secure. All raw edges will be visible at this point.
Overlock centre back edges, press under 1 1/4″
cut cushion square to size
Overlap left back over right back on top of front, wrong sides together
Preparing double flanged binding
Join binding strips diagonally, trimming seams and pressing open before sewing each colour together along the length. Press the seam onto the darker colour then press the two in half wrong sides together along the length.
Now place the narrower side of the binding against the edge of the back side panel, right side together. Leave a length of around 6″ (15 cm) and start placement half way down the side edge.
Sew using a 1/4″ (6mm) seam and aligning all edges, stopping 1/4″ (6mm) from the edge. Pivot by leaving the needle in the fabric and sew diagonally into the corner and off.
Fold the binding diagonally along the edge of the stitching at a forty five degree, true bias angle as shown.
Now fold the binding back to line up with the next edge as shown and sew from the very edge across the corner. Use this technique at each corner.
Joining the double flange binding
Stop sewing 5″ (12.5cm) away from the starting point. Overlap the binding and mark a joining point at least 3″ (7.5cm) away as shown.
Use a scrap of joined binding to measure the extra needed to make a diagonal join. Position the width of the binding on the marked join and mark a second line at that point. This will allow the necessary allowance.
Trim away any excess after that point. On the remaining edge, trim exactly on the mark as no further allowance is needed. Pin diagonally from corner to corner to check alignment before sewing and trimming. Join the gap to complete the circuit.
Press double flanged binding onto cushion front. Press mitred corners into position.
Use a matching colour of thread for sewing binding on top thread and a matching colour to the cushion as the lower thread. ‘Stitch in the ditch’ of the binding to complete.