How to sew patchwork squares together: speedy method
Want to sew patchwork but short of time? Our nifty method is the perfect time saver – we'll show you how to piece patchwork squares together quickly and accurately.
Try it now: How to sew a Fair Isle Squared cushion
Give a classic knitting style a patchwork twist using your new speed piecing skills. We’ll show you how with this free patchwork tutorial…
You will need
- Lightweight interfacing
- 251⁄2in square
- Three hundred and seven (307) 1½in squares (see below for details)
- Backing fabric, two (2) 17½in x 12in pieces
- Cushion pad 18in square
Seam allowances are ¼in throughout, unless otherwise noted.
- We’ve used Red and blue prints are both Flurry by Dashwood Studio.
- Grey print is from the Indelible collection and the green print is from Chic Flora, both for Art Gallery Fabrics.
For the cushion front cut your squares as follows:
- One hundred twenty (120) white
- Forty nine (49) red
- Forty four (44) grey
- Forty four (44) green
- Thirty two (32) blue
Cut an additional eighteen (18) squares in a random assortment. These will be used later for your binding strip.
Piecing the cushion front
Create the cushion front using your squares and interfacing as described in the technique focus and referring to the layout diagram below.
Layout diagram: Fair Isle Squared cushion top. Arrange your fabrics row by row to keep track of colour placement.
Binding and finishing
Sew your remaining squares into a long strip. Fold in half lengthwise, wrong sides together, to form a binding strip. Use this strip to bind one long edge of one backing piece, trimming any excess at the sides. Hem one long edge of the remaining backing piece.
With your cushion top facing up, lay your bound backing piece right side down, aligning raw edges at the top with the bound edge in the middle. Layer your hemmed backing piece right side down, aligning raw edges at the bottom with the hem overlapping in the centre. Pin in place.
Sew all the way around your cushion. You may find it easier to use a walking foot to sew through all the layers. Trim your corners and turn right side out. Give a good press and pop over your cushion pad.