A couple of things to note before you start: This cushion looks sophisticated, but is very simple to make. You are free to choose how you'd like to arrange the narrow stripes around the middle section. You have a variety of fabrics to choose from. The floral fabric with the large motif is supposed to go in the middle. When completed, the cushion will measure 40 cm x 40 cm. Either use an inlay that you've already got or buy one from a department store. Also, the cushion closes with a very simple envelope closure (i.e. the two panels on the reverse overlap). Allow for any shrinkage by washing the fabrics before you work on them.
You need a middle section, two side panels and two reverse panels. Decide for yourself which of the accompanying fabrics you'd like to use for the side panels. The measurements provided already include 1 cm seam allowances. Cut them to size as follows:
•1 "Portia 4" middle section: 26 cm x 26 cm (finished size 24 cm x 24 cm)
•4 "Cotton Ornament Tiles" side panels and "Kitchen Stripe 1" and/or "Ophélia": 34 cm x 10 cm (finished size: 32 cm x 8 cm)
•2 "Tula Cotton" reverse panels: 36 cm x 42 cm (finished size: 25 cm x 40 cm)
You should use the Vlieseline also supplied to reinforce the thinner cotton fabrics ("Cotton Ornamentation Tiles" and "Tilda Kitchen Stripe 1") so that they become as stable as furnishing fabrics.
2. Sewing on the front panel
The pieces for the front panels of the cushion must be individually serged. You can do this either using a zigzag stitch or an overlock machine. First position the side panels alongside the middle section to determine how it should all come together. Then position a side panel alongside the middle section in such a manner that it is 8 cm longer than the middle section at the top but sits edge to edge at the bottom. Mark a small cross 1 cm from the edge of the middle section. Then sew down to the lower edge, allowing a 1 cm seam allowance. Then iron the seam allowance into the side panel. Then sew the second side panel onto the one already sewn. You will sew along the entire length of this seam. Do the same with the third and fourth side panels, too. Be careful: if you come upon the first side panel again, fold back the excess fabric so that you do not sew it down by accident, and then close the seam. Then iron the fourth side panel (keeping the seam allowances away from the centre). Finally, close the short, still open seam from the first section. Then, simply iron and it's ready to go!
3. Sewing the reverse panel
To obtain an envelope closure, iron the longer edges of the white cotton along with the wrap/envelope section. The first wrap is ironed permitting a length of 4.8 cm and the second a length of 5 cm. Tuck the edges into place and sew them securely close to the edge. Place both reverse sections finished side up such that they overlap in the middle by 10 cm. Check the size. It should be 42 cm overall. Next, using two pins, secure the middle and the sides of the overlapping pieces. Sew together the overlapping reverse pieces, allowing a 0.5 cm seam allowance so that it all holds together when you push it through to the other side in the next step.
4. Turning the front and reverse inside out
Place the front and reverse pieces such that the finished sides face each other and sew once all the way around the four sides, leaving a 1 cm seam allowance. Serge this seam. Now turn the cushion cover inside out.
The cushion is ready