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14th Birthday - Capped P&P

Diamond Cushion

Make this accent piece to brighten up any room in your home.

  • Sewing
  • < 1 hour
  • Beginner

What You Need

You will need:

  • Accuquilt GO! fabric cutter
  • Accuquilt GO! Qube Dies, Mix
  • and Match 9in Block Pack
  • Patterned cotton fabric, fat quarters
  • 50cm Plain cotton
  • Light-weight wadding
  • 2 x 45cm square cushion pads
  • Pink thread
  • 2 x 40cm zip

Abbreviations:

  • FQ = Fat Quarters
  • HST = Half Square Triangle
  • QST = Quarter Square Triangle

Work with a 5mm seam allowance throughout

Instructions:

  1. Cut four large squares using die 1 from both purple and orange fabrics. Stitch right sides together to make two Battenburg blocks, 24cm square. Press and put to one side.

  2. Cut the following to make two diamond star blocks and divide into piles for each block: two orange square on point #6, eight purple HST #5, 16 pink HST #5, eight white/purple QST #4, eight white/purple square #2.

  3. Sew a purple HST to two opposite sides of one orange square on point. Open out and press before adding two more to the remaining sides. Sew two pink HST's to the diagonal, shorter sides of a white/purple QST. Open out and press. Make three more rectangles in this way.

  4. Sew a rectangle to the opposite sides of the centre square with the central point facing inwards. Stitch a small white/purple square to each end of the other rectangles before adding them to the remaining sides of the centre square. Press all the seams to one side. Make a second diamond star block in the same way.

  5. Stitch the two diamond star blocks and the two Battenburg blocks together to create a 48cm square panel. Pin to a square of light-weight wadding, then topstitch along the seam lines using bright pink thread. Zigzag stitch around the edges, then trim any excess wadding.

  6. Cut two pieces from plain cotton fabric, 43cm x 47cm and 10cm x 47cm. Stitch a zip face down onto the centre of the 47cm long edge making sure it is close to the teeth. Turn right side up and topstitch to neaten. Sew the smaller piece of fabric to the other edge of the zip in the same way. Open out and fold the fabric back so that it covers the zip by 2cm before topstitching.

  7. Pin the quilted panel to the back of the cushion, right sides together. Ensure the zip flap is laying flat and trim the excess fabric from the back if necessary. Open the zip slightly before stitching around all four edges. Open the zip fully and turn out the corners with a blunt knitting needle before inserting a cushion pad.