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How to make a star cushion

It's official – we love sewing stars! If you want to learn how to make a star cushion, check out our tutorial for 2 different ways to make them!

How to make easy christmas cushions

We love these pretty festive star cushions created by the ever-so-clever Rebecca Reid and she designed these as part of her eye-catching DIY Christmas decorations for Simply Sewing issue 10. In this tutorial we’ll show you how to make a star cushion, but you can also find this alternative constellation-inspired free star cushion pattern (pictured below) after the tutorial too!

Star cushion sewing pattern

Notes

  • Once finished, the large star measures 50x50cm (20x20in) and the small star measures 30x30cm (12x12in).
  • Use a 1.5cm (58n) seam allowance, unless otherwise stated and press all seams open as you go.

Materials needed:

  • Main fabric: Festive by Jo Clark for Cloud9. Unfortunately this fabric is no longer available, so use a similar festive fabric of your choice
  • Polyester fibrefill
  • Download our star sewing patterns here.

Star cushion sewing pattern

How to make a star cushion

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You Will Need

  • Main fabric: small star 40x80cm (16x32in), large star 60x120cm (24x48in)
  • Polyester fibrefill
  • Matching sewing thread
  • Star templates, find the link above

Total time:

Cutting out the fabric

Step 1

Decide which size star cushion you want to make first then trace round the corresponding star template from our free sewing pattern and cut it out.

Step 2

Cut the main fabric in half to make two squares, one for the front and one for the back of the cushion.

Making the star

Step 1

Place your template centrally on the wrong side (WS) of one piece of fabric and draw round it.

Step 2

Place this piece of fabric right sides (RS) together with the other piece of fabric and pin together.

Step 3

Stitch carefully along the drawn lines, starting and stopping along a straight edge so that you can leave a small turning gap. When you reach points or tight curves, leave your needle in the fabric, pivot the fabric and stitch carefully round.

How to make star cushions step 1

Step 4

Trim all round the edges using pinking shears. At the star point, trim the fabric closer to the stitching to reduce bulk.

How to make star cushions step 2

Cutting out the fabric

Step 1

Decide which size star cushion you want to make first then trace round the corresponding star template from our free sewing pattern and cut it out.

Step 2

Cut the main fabric in half to make two squares, one for the front and one for the back of the cushion.

Making the star

Step 1

Place your template centrally on the wrong side (WS) of one piece of fabric and draw round it.

Step 2

Place this piece of fabric right sides (RS) together with the other piece of fabric and pin together.

Step 3

Stitch carefully along the drawn lines, starting and stopping along a straight edge so that you can leave a small turning gap. When you reach points or tight curves, leave your needle in the fabric, pivot the fabric and stitch carefully round. When you reach points or tight curves, leave your needle in the fabric, pivot the fabric and stitch carefully round.

Step 4

Trim all round the edges using pinking shears. At the star point, trim the fabric closer to the stitching to reduce bulk.

Filling the star

Step 1

Turn your star RS out and turn the gap edges under and press.

Step 2

Stuff the star firmly using just small pieces of stuffing at the points to make sure they are filled right up to the ends.

How to make star cushions step 3

Step 3

Slip stitch the gap closed to finish.

How to make Christmas cushions step 4
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You’ve finished making your star cushions! Use them to add some sparkle to your home this Christmas. Looking for more home décor projects? Learn how to make a duvet cover, how to make roman blinds for your home, how to make curtains or how to make a doorstop.

Star cushion sewing pattern

Now that you know how to make a star cushion, why not try this free star cushion sewing pattern for a slightly different result!

Free star cushion sewing pattern

Star cushion sewing pattern

Bring some sparkle into your home by making this star cushion sewing pattern. Adding a scattering of star cushions to your bed will help to make it an inviting place to relax and leave the worries of the day behind.

When it comes to cushions, more is definitely more! Not only are they a simple way to brighten up a room with colour and print, but they also provide us with a comfy spot to take a well-earned rest after a day of sewing. We’ve made our quick- sew star cushions in a calming colour palette of indigo, mint and cream for sweet dreams.

When you’re designing your home, putting three objects together always has a lot of impact so sewing a little trio of cushions will help your bed to look truly stylish.

Looking for more space-inspired makes? Try this constellation embroidery pattern, make a star wall hanging or explore our collection of 31 constellation crafts.

Read on to try Rebecca Reid’s star cushion sewing pattern…

Materials used

Print fabric: Mariao for Spoonflower: Map of our Sky. Kona fabric is no longer available, but you could use one of the alternative fabrics listed. If you’d like to try a similar fabric, we like this Twinkle Twinkle furnishing fabric from John Lewis or this Rose and Hubble constellation fabric from Etsy.

Plain fabrics: Spectrum, Ivory. Ref: 2000/Q01. Spectrum, Vintage Blue. Ref: 2000/T64. For stockists visit www.makoweruk.com

Polyester fibrefill: Carded polyester fibrefill.

Notes

Download the star cushion templates.

Cutting out

Step 1

Trace around the star template from the pattern sheet and cut it out.

Step 2

Cut the main fabric into half to make two squares, one for the front and one for the back of the cushion.

Making the star

Step 1

Place the two pieces of fabric wrong sides (WS) together and pin the star pattern centrally on top.

Step 2

Cut around the edge of the pattern to make two star shapes.

Step 3

Remove the pattern then pin the two stars together, keeping them both right sides (RS) out and making sure that their edges line up exactly.

Star cushion sewing pattern step one

Step 4

Stitch together carefully 2cm (¾in) from the raw edges. Start stitching 2cm (¾in) from one point then stitch all the way around. When you reach each point of the star, leave your needle in the fabric, pivot the fabric and stitch carefully along the next edge.

Step 5

Continue stitching all the way around and stop stitching 2cm (¾in) from the inner point below where you started. This will leave a gap in one side of the star for filling.

Step 6

For a more decorative and finished look, work another line of machine stitching all the way around the star just 5mm (¼in) outside the first line. Again, leave a gap in the stitching in the same place as the first line.

Star cushion sewing pattern step two

Filling the star

Step 1

Stuff the star firmly using just small pieces of stuffing at the points to make sure they are filled right up to the top. Use the end of a chopstick or pencil to push the stuffing right to the point.

Star cushion sewing pattern step three

Step 2

Pin the star front and back together along the gap in the inner line of stitching.

Star cushion sewing pattern step four

Step 3

You now need to close the gap by working a line of machine stitching. Start stitching on top of the already worked stitching at one end of the gap and finish on the top of the worked stitching at the end of the gap. You’ll need to push the stuffing out the way whilst you do this so you don’t stitch through it.

Step 4

Repeat this to close the gap in the outer line of stitching.

Finishing off

Give your cushion a good pummel and shake to even out the stuffing again. Your finished cushion has a raw edge that will fray a little but this is part of the effect.

You’ve finished! Use your star cushion sewing pattern to whip up a whole constellation for your home.

Star cushion sewing pattern