October 5, 2013

EPP Cushion Tutorial

 We wrote about EPP a while ago but it’s so slow that between us we’ve only finished one project since. Isn’t it beautiful though?!

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The Liberty prints look amazing together and the pale cream squares in between them mean they really stand out. It is a time-consuming craft but it’s not hard at all so just be patient with it – the results will be worth it!

If you’d like to make your own English Paper Pieced cushion here’s how…

You will need:

  • A 3” octagon and a 1.25” square template. You can buy these in sets that fit together perfectly such as these.
  • Rotary cutter
  • Cutting mat
  • Four fat quarters of different prints for the octagons
  • One fat quarter of plain fabric for the squares
  • 16” x 20” fabric to back the cushion
  • Paper
  • Needle and thread
  • Batting
  • Safety pins
  • A 12” square cushion pad

How to make it:

  1. Cut out your paper shapes using the inside guideline of the templates. You will need 25 octagons and 36 squares.
  2. Cut out your fabric shapes using the outside guideline of the templates, this should give you a quarter inch seam allowance when you baste them around the paper. You will need 25 octagons and 36 squares.
  3. Baste all of the fabric pieces onto the paper pieces making sure you pull the fabric taut. This will keep the fabric in uniform shapes when you sew them together.
  4. When all of the shapes are ready you can begin to assemble them together. Hold two octagons right sides together and sew them together using a whipstitch. Try to just take a few threads from each piece as you sew to ensure your stitches are as invisible as possible.
  5. Continue until you have hand sewn all of the octagons and squares together.
  6. Layer the batting and the cushion front together, right side up. Make sure they are lying completely flat together, iron if necessary. Secure from the middle out with pins; safety pins work best.
  7. Quilt your chosen design. We have simply quilted around each of the squares but feel free to be more experimental!
  8. Flatten out the unused seam allowances from the squares and octagons around the edges of the cushion. This will create the seam allowance when you sew on the back of the cushion.
  9. Cut your backing fabric into two pieces, 16”x10” each. Hem along one of the 16” edges on each piece.
  10. To assemble your cushion lay the back pieces onto the front piece, right sides together. You are creating an envelope back so make sure your back pieces overlap by at least 2 inches. Sew the front and back pieces with a half inch seam allowance.
  11. Turn the cushion cover right side out and fill with the cushion pad.
  12. Admire your creation!
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We’d love to see your progress, find us on instagram!

Hope you’re all having lovely weekends.




That came out super cute and I love the Liberty prints you used. I would also LOVE to link to your tutorial if you didn’t mind!


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