How to sew a snowflake cushion

English Paper Piecing is one of our favourite techniques this time of year. Just add a sofa, our favourite lap quilt and a roaring fire and we’re in patchwork heaven. Curl up and sew this sweet hexies snowflake by Fiona Leontis.

How to sew a snowflake cushion

You will need…

For the cushion front only:

  • White fabric, 10in square approx, for hexagons
  • 11½in square background fabric
  • Silver embroidery thread
  • Seven (7) silver beads
  • Basic knowledge of how to English Paper Piece – if you’ve never tried it before, read our Beginner’s Guide to English Paper Piecing

Snowflake hexagon templates (PDF)

Finished Size

11½in square


Piecing the hexagons

Step 1

Download and print out our free Snowflake hexagon templates Prepare twelve (12) 1in hexagons of white fabric (use the 1¼in hexagon fabric template to cut out twelve 1¼ white fabric hexagons and baste each of these around a 1in paper hexagon). You will also need to prepare one smaller, ¾in hexagon, also in white fabric, for the centre of the snowflake (cut a 1in fabric hexie for this).

Assembling the snowflake

Step 1

Take the twelve larger hexagons and arrange into pairs. Sew each pair together along one edge (Fig 1).

Snowflake English Paper Piecing step 4

Step 2

Arrange into a flower shape (with a gap in the centre) as pictured and sew the central ring of hexagons together (Fig 2).

Step 3

Give your snowflake a quick press before removing any basting stitches, if necessary. Carefully pull out the paper templates, making sure to keep the outer edges of fabric folded under.

Step 4

Position the hexagon snowflake in the middle of the background fabric. Use a little basting glue to hold in place and sew in place using whipstitch or ladder stitch.

Step 5

Press your small hexagon and carefully remove the paper template. Place in the centre of the snowflake shape and sew in place in the same way (Fig 3).

patchwork snowflake cushion tutorial step 7

Beading and finishing

Step 1

Use a couple of strands of embroidery thread to secure the seven beads in place in the middle of the small hexagon, adding a long stitch between each bead to make a mini snowflake (Fig 4).


Step 2

To finish, quilt as desired. We stitched around the outline of the snowflake shape, using a ¼ in seam allowance.


What next?

Add an envelope back to make a quick cushion, or create a quilt sandwich and bind to make a mini quilt.

How to sew a snowflake cushion

This project was first featured in issue 14 of Love Patchwork and Quilting magazine.