How to make star cushions
It's official - we are feeling full of holiday cheer here at Simply Sewing magazine. Our team trimmings up, our Secret Santa plans are afoot, and now we're in the mood for a spot of seasonal sewing.
Cutting out the fabric
Step one 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 two 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 three Place your template centrally on the wrong side (WS) of one piece of fabric and draw round it.
Step four Place this piece of fabric right sides (RS) together with the other piece of fabric and pin together.
Step five 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.
Step six 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 one Turn your star RS out and turn the gap edges under and press.
Step two Stuff the star firmly using just small pieces of stuffing at the points to make sure they are filled right up to the ends.
Step three Slip stitch the gap closed to finish.