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3D Log Cabin Patchwork Cushion By Rebecca Cole

Give your soft furnishings a splash of colour and texture with this great 3-dimensional log-cabin style patchwork block. Here we have made it into a cushion cover using complimentary colour fabrics, but if you fancy more of a challenge why not scale it right down and turn it into a quilting block for your quilting projects?

You will need:

  • 2 fat quarter sized pieces of fabric
  • Various coordinating scraps of fabric that can be cut into strips
  • 45cm/18” Cushion filler pad
  • Sewing scissors
  • Complimentary sewing thread
  • Straight pins
  • Tape measure
  • Sewing machine
  • Iron
  • Pattern Master or similar dressmaker’s ruler (optional)
  • Washable fabric pen

Time to Make: 2-4 Hours

Skill Level: Beginner


  1. patchwork cushion Collect together your scraps of fabric in complimentary colours, or any colour scheme that works for you. This project is for a cushion sized 45cm/18” so make sure you have enough fabric to cover the cushion. You will also need 2 fat quarters..
  2. patchwork cushion Using one of your fat quarters, cut a square 45cm/18” in size. We aren’t adding any seam allowance to this shape as this will create a more snug fit around your cushion filler pad. Mark the centre point of the square and, using a pattern master or similar (or just a ruler if you don’t have one), mark a square 12cm/4 ¾ “ in the centre using washable fabric marker.
  3. patchwork cushion Cut your scraps of fabric into 5cm/2” strips, bearing in mind the further out from the centre of the cushion you go, the more strips you will need.
  4. patchwork cushion Take one of your strips and fold it in half without pressing the folded edge. Lay the strip along the inside of the square, lining the 2 raw edges up with the chalked line. Stitch a 6mm/ ¼” line of stitching until you reach the point where the next chalk line starts. Trim off your fabric strip at this point. Turn the fabric square 90 degrees and line up the top edge of your strip with the raw edge of the previously stitched piece, along the chalk line as before. Again stitch this line 6mm/¼” in and trim off the excess. Repeat this process twice more until the entire centre chalked square is ringed with your fabric strips.
  5. patchwork cushion Taking your ruler or pattern master and fabric or chalk pen, measure 13mm/½” from the raw edge of the strips and draw a second square around the first.
  6. patchwork cushion Starting on the same side as before (the side where both ends of the fabric strip are hidden underneath the other strips), repeat the process using your next set of fabric strips, lining the raw edges up with the new set of chalked lines.
  7. patchwork cushion Repeat this process until the entire square of the cushion is covered in this way.
  8. patchwork cushion This cushion is designed to have an envelope style opening at the back. To make the back of your cushion cover this way, take your second fat quarter and cut it in half widthways creating 2 rectangles approximately 45cm x 29cm (18” x 11.5”). Create a narrow roll-hem along one long edge of each back piece by turning a small amount of fabric under and under again. Run the machine along this hem to secure it.
  9. patchwork cushion Lay the back pieces over the cushion front, right sides together, lining up the corners and making the hemmed edges overlap in the centre of the cushion. Stitch all the way around the square, starting in the middle of one of the straight sides and pivoting in the corners to make them sharp. Stitch the front to the back (shown in blue thread) just inside the last line of stitching used to attach your last row of strips (shown in white thread. This way the top stitching on the strips does not show.
  10. patchwork cushion Trim away the corners to remove bulk and turn your cushion cover around the right way. Press the edges but try to avoid pressing the folded strips flat in order to keep the bouncy 3D look.
  11. patchwork cushion ADVANCED OPTION: Fancy challenging yourself? Why not repeat this technique on a much smaller scale to create a block that can be then used for quilting projects?

    Here I have used a 16.5cm/6.5” square as a base, a 6cm/2.5” central square, 2.5cm/1” strips, 3mm/ 1/8” seam allowance, and 6mm/¼” size spaces between each row of strips. This size square will need approximately 8 rows of strips. I found on this scale it was better to press the strips flat rather than have them bouncy as with the cushion but this is personal preference.