Give your home a bright, summery vibe by adding this cute cushion to your bedroom! It can be made in your choice of colours, but we love the sunny yellow fabric used here.
In this guide, we’ll show you how to make a round cushion cover with step-by-step photos to guide you through the process. You’ll also learn how to make your own tassels, which will definitely come in handy for other DIY projects! You’ll soon be adding tassels to all of your projects!
This pattern was created by Jessica Entwistle for Simply Sewing Magazine. Read on to learn how to make a circle pillow for your home…
- Unfortunately the main fabric used to make this pattern is no longer available, but you could use this Polka Dots Mustard fabric from Spoonflower (starting from £11.50) or Yellow Freckle Dot fabric from Etsy (£3 per half metre).
- Use a 1cm (3⁄8in) seam allowance.
- Download the Simply Sewing magazine templates.
You Will Need
- Fabric A (50x115cm (19 3/4x45in)), for the cushion front and back
- Fabric B (20x30cm (7 7/8x11 7/8in)), for the appliqué
- Yarn (5 balls), aqua, yellow, pink, coral and purple, for tassels
- Card (6x8cm (23/8x31/8in)), for tassels
- Bondaweb (20x30cm (7 7/8x11 7/8in))
- Round cushion pad (45cm (18in))
- Paper (50x50cm (20x20in)), for the circle template
- A4 paper, for the appliqué template
- Tapestry needle
- Basic sewing kit
Draw a 47cm (18½in) circle on the paper for the template.
From Fabric A cut:
- Cushion front: circle using the template.
Fold the circle template in half to find the middle point, then open out and fold back 6cm (23⁄8in) away from the middle point. Cut along this line to create a template for the envelope back. Using the larger part of the circle cut out: Envelope back:two pieces, making sure that if your fabric is directional that the fabric overlaps correctly when sewn together.
Create a mirror image of the appliqué template. Place the Bondaweb onto the mirror image and draw around the letters.
Iron Bondaweb onto the wrong side (WS) of Fabric B. Cut out the text, ensuring you place the letter templates on the right side (RS) of the fabric so they will read in the correct direction.
Adding the applique
Transfer the text outline onto the RS of the cushion front using the erasable pen.
Work out how many tassels you want around the cushion. We have 20 tassels, with four of each of the five colours.
Mark equal points on the cushion front for the tassels.
Peel off the backing paper from the Bondawebbed fabric and press the text onto the fabric using the iron.
Topstitch around the edges of the appliqué for added security.
Assembling the cushion
For each of the envelope back pieces, fold over one of the long sides to the WS by 1cm (3⁄8in). Press, then fold over by 1cm (3⁄8in) again to enclose the raw edge. Topstitch in place as before.
Pin then sew the envelope back pieces to the cushion front, overlapping them in the centre. Turn RS out and press.
Making the tassels
Cut the card in half to make two pieces 6x4cm (23⁄8x15⁄8in). Hold them together then wind the yarn around the 6cm (23⁄8in) length 20 times. Make sure you cut the yarn off at whichever edge the loose starting yarn is.
Cut a piece of yarn 15cm (6in) long, thread it onto a tapestry needle then thread it between the two card pieces on the opposite end to where the loose yarn is.
Tie the knot tightly in a double knot.
Insert your scissors between the two card pieces on the opposite edge to the knot and cut the yarn.
Remove the card pieces. Cut another piece of yarn about 15cm (6in) long. Tie it around the top of the tassel approx 1cm (3⁄8in) down from the knot. Wrap around the tassel a couple of times then tie in a double knot. Pull the wrapped yarn ends inside the tassel.
Trim the ends of the tassel to the same level. Repeat to make 20 tassels.
Adding the tassels
Thread one of the tassel yarn ends onto a tapestry needle and insert it into the edge of the seam at the marked point.
Pull the yarn through to the inside of the circle cushion.
Repeat with the other yarn end, this time inserting the needle 1mm away.
Pull the yarn ends tight inside the cushion and tie in a double knot to secure.
Repeat to attach the rest of the tassels to the cushion, evenly distributing the colours.
You’ve finished! You now know how to make a circle pillow for your home. We hope you enjoyed this project!
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