Wednesday, 10 April 2013

Frou Frou Step by Step Guide for the Cushion Cover.

Before I was bitten by the papercrafting bug, sewing was my hobby so it was lovely to be able to combine the two with this project.I was really delighted with the response that I received to the cushion I made for the recent Frou Frou Pick of the Week. Leann Chivers asked me if I would do a step by step as so many of you had asked for details...... so here it is.

 This is the cushion I made for the shows.

This is the one I made for the step by step guide. You of course can use any of the images on the Frou Frou digikits to get a totally unique design.

What you will need:-

Frou Frou Serif Digi Kits   Buy Here

2 pieces of cotton fabric 17 inches square

4 pieces of Lace 17 ½ inches wide.    This lace should be 4 inches wide if possible with an edge to slot ribbon through. If not you will also 4 pieces if inch wide slotted lace. I used Broderie Anglaise for my cushions.

Ribbon for threading and for the bow.

Fabric transfer inkjet paper Shop here

10 inch zip.

Pieces of lace for trimming if required.

 To print your design.

Open up your Craft Artist programme    Available here

Choose Blank project

Choose 8x8 Scrapbook page.

Load Frou Frou Digi Kits.

Choose a square design; Drop it onto your page and stretch to fill the whole page.

You can of course make your own design and add text. Remember if you add text you will need to use the arrange tab on the right-hand side to flip image and text horizontally so that when ironed onto fabric the text will be correct way.

Print page onto Transfer paper. Make sure you insert it the right way for your printer, you print onto the plain side.

To Make Cushion

With right sides together stitch a 5/8 seam from each side leaving a 10 inch gap for the zip.

Open out the fabric and press the seams open.

Stitch in your zip.


Join the 4 pieces of lace together with a 5/8 seam at a 45degree angle. (Cut a square of card the depth of the lace fold diagonally corner to corner, this can be laid against the join to give the 45 degree angle. The top edge should be the widest.)

Trim seam to ¼ inch, overlock if you can to prevent fraying.  Make sure you trim seam so that it doesn’t show in the corner. Press seam to one side.

Open up the fabric right side facing up.

Position your square of lace on one side, it should overlap the edges.

Stitch in place on the inside edge.
If you are adding extra slotted lace for the ribbon it should be added now.

Now fold the lace towards the centre and with right sides facing pin and stitch the remaining 5/8 seams on the other 3 sides. Make sure you do not catch the lace in the seam.

Trim seam allowance across the 4 corners to make it easier to get sharp corners. Go close but do not cut through the stitching.
Turn cushion right-side out and press.
Catch the 4 corners to the seams of the lace to hold the outside edge of the lace in place.
You are now ready to add the design that you have chosen.
Trim around the picture leaving an excess of about ¼ inch.
Following the instructions on the transfer paper place your design face down in the centre of your lace square and iron onto cushion.
Thread ribbon through the slotted lace, start where you would like the bow to be.
Tie the bow with the extra ends.
Add the extra lace if required.

I hope that you are able to follow these instructions and will produce a cushion to be proud of. I will be watching for your creations to appear on the Crafters Companion Facebook pages.
The step by step for Leann's bag is almost ready so will be published soon.
Thanks for popping by and Happy Crafting/Sewing
Margaret xx


Anonymous said...

Hurray been waiting for this i can try and make one now. Cant wait for the toilet bag instructions. Brilliant.

julie_woolston said...

Wow stunning Margaret, they are both fab.

Hugs Julie xx

Karen said...

Thank you very good tutorial.

Donna Mosley said...

A fab tut Margaret, so detailed and easy to follow. :o)

Donna x

DIane Warburton said...

You're a diamond gem Margaret for doing these instructions and I can't wait for Leann's bag either. Thanks heaps

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