Quilted Patchwork Panel Cushion – Tutorial

Tutorial for a patchwork cushion cover.

For this tutorial you will need:

One 6 fat quarter pack.

Use 4 of the fat quarter fabric pieces to cut out:
49 x 2½ ” squares
4 x 2½ ” strips for the cushion cover
1 x 2½ ” strips for the bias binding

Use 2 fat quarter fabric pieces to make:
a 17″ by 12″ piece and a 17″ by 8″ piece of fabric for the back cover.

You will also need:
17″ square of wadding (batting)
Coordinating sewing thread
1 button
16″ cushion pad

Making the Front Panel for Your Cushion Cover

Jelly strips and charm squares for a patchwork panel.

Start by cutting all the fabrics as detailed above.
All seams are using a 1 cm seam allowance.

Arranging fabric squares for a quilted panel.

Once you have cut all of your squares start by laying out your design.
Sew all your pieces together into rows.
Then sew all the rows together. Making one large central square.
Finish off your panel with four strips around the outer edge.

Backing quilted panel with wadding.

Place the finished panel on top of the wadding and pin into place.

Top stitching on a quilted panel.

Use top stitching to secure your panel onto the wadding. I’ve use the technique of stitching in the ditch.

A quilted panel for a cushion cover.

Trim back the wadding to the same size as your top panel.

You now have your front panel.

Making the Back Panel for Your Cushion Cover

Making bias binding.

Using one of the 2 ½” fabric strips make it into a piece of bias binding. If you need help with this refer back to my previous tutorial “How to Make Bias Binding”.

Making a buttonhole for the back of a cushion cover.

Take your 18” by 8” piece of fabric and secure the bias binding onto one of the longest edge.
Make a buttonhole in the centre about 1” above the binding edge.

Making an envelope opening for the back of a cushion cover. Hem your 18” by 12” piece of fabric along the long edge.
Lay flat and place the smaller panel with the bias binding over the larger panel at the hem edge with an overlap.
Pin in place.

Sewing the cushion cover panels together.

Take your finished top panel and place it on top of the backing panel with right sides together and pin in place.

Hem all around the outer edge and trim off the excess.

Turn right side out through the back flap.
Press well and all you have left to do is sew your button in place and insert your cushion pad.

Quilted patchwork cushion cover.

Back of a cushion cover with an envelope opening and button detailing.

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4 thoughts on “Quilted Patchwork Panel Cushion – Tutorial

  1. Michelle says:

    Thank you so much. Never really used an electric sewing machine before. I’ve always wanted to have a go at patchwork and quilting. So today I followed your patchwork quilt pillow tutorial and made a cushion I absolutely love. Your tutorial was brilliant.

    • Overdale Fabrics says:

      Hi Michelle, Thanks for your lovely comment. I’m delighted to hear that you enjoyed my tutorial.
      Happy Sewing Cindy

  2. India says:

    This tutorial is great, as a sewer who has not tried out patchwork before, it has been really helpful to learn the basics of patchwork and worked well- although maybe better if i cut out the squares accurately!- just have one query however, could you tell me how to attach the side panels as i can’t seem to work it out! Thank you.

    • Overdale Fabrics says:

      Hi India, Thanks for commenting and I’m so pleased you are enjoying the tutorial. Accurate squares are defiantly a key to success.
      How to attach the edging panels: Start with the top one, placing right sides together (line up the top left hand edge with the edge of your patchwork panel) and sew in place. Press flat with an iron and trim off the excess on the right hand side so that it’s level with your panel. Then do the same with the right hand side (this time line up the top corner with your edging panel). Followed by the bottom edge and finally the left hand side.
      I hope that helps you complete your cushion cover.
      Happy Sewing Cindy

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