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Machine Embroidered Cushion

The joy of this project is that it can be achieved with a normal sewing machine. You will need to practise with a satin stitch (tight zig zag stitch) for your quote and free machine embroidery for your design.

  • Sewing
  • 3-4 hours
  • Intermediate

Tools and materials required

  • 12” x 18” Cushion Pad
  • ½mtr of Fabric for Cushion
  • ½mtr of Stitch & Tear
  • Machine Embroidery Thread, various colours
  • 20” Zip
  • Air Soluble Pen
  • Scan N Cut (Optional)
  • Sewing machine with Darning/Embroidery Foot

Instructions

Cut two pieces of fabric and two of the Stitch & Tear measuring 13” x 19”. Position both pieces of the Stitch & Tear on the wrong side of the front fabric, pin to hold in place.

1

Using the pen, draw your quote on the front piece of fabric, making sure you are happy with the spacing and positioning. If you prefer use the Scan N Cut to draw onto the fabric but keep the font to a block style.

2

Set your machine to Satin Stitch or a zig zag stitch, test on a spare piece of fabric, make the stitches very close together and increase the stitch width if desired. Reduce the tension of your upper thread, this will ensure that the bobbin thread does not show. Using machine embroidery thread, stitch the quote. If your machine has one, use the eyelet stitch for full stops and the top of the “i’s”.

3

Using the pen again, draw the design. Keep it simple - the detailing comes from the mixing of the coloured threads.

4

Reduce the tension further, lower the feed dogs and replace the normal sewing foot with the Darning/Free Machine Embroidery foot.

5

Sew the outline of the design first and then fill in with various shades of thread. I started with dark shades at the bottom and worked up to white at the tip of the flowers.

6

I like to remove the Stitch & Tear but this is optional - some people prefer to keep it in place.

7

Neaten the bottom of the front and back pieces of the cushion.

8

Insert the zip. Top Tip: if the zip isn’t long enough, add tabs to the beginning and end to increase its length. Press the fabric away and Topstitch to keep the teeth clear.

9

Sew the front to the back around the remaining sides, remembering to partially open the zip. Turn through and check for fit. If happy, neaten the seams.

10

Your cushion is now finished.

11

Top Tip

Double up on the Stitch & Tear to improve the stability of your stitching and also reduce the tension on your machine.