Envelope back cushion covers are so easy. there’s no messing around with zips or buttons and they can be swiftly removed for washing
Fabric, cotton: Littlest: Tenderness Grey
Tenderness Peach; Floral
Floral Frolic Apricot
Dream Clouds Clear
Playful Petals Menthe
Playful Petals Melon
Cut 25 10cm squares in coordinating cotton fabrics. Pin and stitch five squares, right sides together, to make a strip using an even 5mm seam allowance. Do the same with the remaining squares to make a total of five strips. Press the seams flat on the reverse.
Carefully pin the strips together, accurately matching up the existing seam lines, and stitch with a 5mm seam allowance to make a square panel. Press again, the panel should measure 46cm square. Lay the patchwork panel onto a square of lightweight wadding and secure in each square. Trim wadding to the same size as the patchwork.
Quilt the cushion panel by top stitching along each seam line, ‘in the ditch’. Remove pins and trim loose threads. Cut two pieces of fabric 30cm x 46cm. Double hem one long edge of each piece. Pin one piece to the cushion panel, right sides together, so the hemmed edge lays across the centre. Pin the other piece of fabric to the other edge so the two hemmed sides overlap.
Stitch all the way around the cushion panel and turn right sides out. Insert a cushion panel through the overlap of the hemmed edges and smooth to cover the pad.
Add an edging
Make pennants by stitching around pairs of 7cm squares and cutting in half diagonally. Turn right sides out and press the resulting triangles. Pin these around the outside of your patchwork panel with the tips pointing inwards before stitching the backing fabric in place.
Try new shapes
Successful patchwork piecing relies upon accurate cutting and a regular seam allowance. Once you’ve got the hang of this you can start joining triangles and other shapes to make interesting geometric patterns.