Last week I made these scrabble cushions as a wedding gift for a friend using the first letters of the bride and groom’s names. I’m so pleased with them I kind of wanted to keep them! Particularly as the letters are suitable for Matt and I, too! I might just have to make some more one day. Unfortunately, given that I was tad rushed finishing them on time I didn’t have time to take heaps of step by step photos.
To make scrabble cushions you will need:
- 4 squares of fabric measuring the size of your cushion insert, plus 1.5 cm (5/8″) around the edges for seam allowance
- Letter templates (just use a word processing program on your computer, pick a nice simple font like Helvetica, make them really big and print them off)
- Smaller number templates
- Baking paper
- Leather sewing machine needle
- Leather (or vinyl) scraps big enough for the letters and numbers
- Double sided heat and bond
- 2 zippers to match your fabric, slightly shorter than the length of your cushion
- Soft pencil or felt tip marker
- Threads to match your fabric and general sewing supplies
Trace around the letters/numbers on the back of the leather using a pencil or a felt tip marker, remembering to flip the letters/numbers over as necessary so they don’t end up backwards. Don’t use pins to hold the templates to the leather as the pin holes will be permanent. Instead, use heavy objects to hold the template in place while you trace around it. Carefully cut out the letters and numbers.
Cut out a piece of heat and bond that’s big enough to cover the letters and numbers. Place a large sheet of baking paper on your ironing board, then place the letters and numbers right side down on the paper so the fuzzy side of the leather is facing up. Place the heat and bond paper shiny/sticky side down on top of the letters and numbers. Cover with a pressing cloth and press, fusing the heat and bond to the back of the letters. Allow to cool slightly and then cut away the paper around the letters.
Peel off the paper backing and place the letters and numbers on two of the squares of fabric. Cover with a pressing cloth and press gently, then flip the squares over and press again from the back to make sure they are fused to the fabric properly. Allow to cool, then carefully and slowly sew around each letter and number very close to the edge. Use a leather needle in your sewing machine as the tough leather may cause a finer needle to snap.
Now you can sew up the cushions. Sew one of the plain squares of fabric to the bottom edge of one of the appliquéd squares, inserting the zip along this edge. (I’ll do a tutorial soon to show you an easy way to insert a zip.) With the zip half open, sew around the remaining three edges with right sides together and then turn through to the right side. Repeat with the other cushion. Insert the cushions and marvel at your handiwork. Or plonk yourself on the couch with your new cushions and enjoy their comfy-ness!
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