Another crafty post for you today, in the form of an easy sewing DIY. That’s right I am going to show you how to make your own crown shaped cushion from a single fat quarter of material.
So, you may have noticed if you visit my blog regularly, that I have been getting more crafty recently. Crafts are something I love to do, be it a decor craft like making pom-poms, or a beauty craft like making DIY Bath Bombs. There is just something about making something from scratch that I love.
I came into sewing during my time at university, and it is something that I love to do. By no means am I a sewing expert and I have definitely not sewn as much since working full time, but I love being able to make things for myself. My first ‘proper’ sewing project was making my own dress to wear at my graduation. With the help from my auntie, I was able to do this. She is always there to offer me advice on how best to sew something and giving hints and tips. I spent days at her house on this project and the results turned out pretty great!
That aside, I have wanted to get back into sewing, and what better way of practicing my hemming and seam judgement than making a crown shaped cushion for my niece.
What are fat quarters?
A fat quarter is a piece of material that has been cut down to a smaller size. This is usually the size of a quarter of a metre, and more likely to be in a material used for quilting. The smaller sizes allow you to have a test of what materials go well together and allow for a patchwork effect too. Usually, you can get fat quarters as part of a bundle, where there are about 5-6 different materials that all compliment each other. Perfect for smaller projects, and if you are just starting out on your sewing journey.
They are also perfect to have in your sewing stash for any last minute fabric needs.
I bought a few different fat quarter bundles from Aldi, as they often sell craft supplies during their special buys. For this project, I managed to get my hands on the Disney Princess material Aldi were selling. They are now selling a few other designs, including a Peter Rabbit print one.
What You Need to Make a Crown Shaped Cushion:
This is quite a simple sewing project, and you do not need a lot of items to make this. Ideally, you should use a sewing machine. However, if you are a good hand sewer, and have plenty of time on your hands; then you could hand sew this.
You will need the following to make this crown shaped cushion:
- Fat quarter material – I used a Disney Princess print
- Crown Shaped Template
- Greaseproof paper/baking paper/tracing paper
- Cushion/ toy filling
- Tailors tape measure
- Matching thread
- Fabric marker or tailor’s chalk
- Sewing machine
- Sewing scissors
- Hand Sewing needle
- Pom-pom maker or own made pom-pom cardboard maker/template
How to Make a Crown Shaped Cushion:
So you have all of the items and are ready to begin making your crown shaped cushion. Not so fast! Firstly before you even begin to make attempts on the cushion; you should ideally wash, dry and iron your chosen material. Now, it doesn’t necessarily require this step when making cushions, however, I feel like it is best practice. By washing and drying your material you can test the shrinkage of the material, as well as how much the pattern may fade. I guess this is more important when making clothing items, but it is good to get into the habit of this when sewing.
Once your fabric is washed, dried and ironed you can move onto the first step of this project.
Step 1 – Choosing your design:
As you will be making a crown shaped cushion, you are going to need a crown shaped template. Head on over to google and search for ‘hand-drawn crowns’ or ‘Crown outlines’ so that you get a simple line drawing of a crown. See the picture below for the one I chose.
You then want to copy and paste this into word (or any other similar program) and enlarge it as much as you can on the page.
Step 2 – Re-Sizes your design:
Now, I found that the crown was still a little too small for my cushion, and therefore went about resizing the crown shape further. If you are happy with the size of your crown then you can skip this step.
Using a tailor’s tape measure, measure the size of the fat quarter. You can make this cushion with either two fat quarter pieces or fold one fat quarter in half. I chose to fold mine in half, using less material. It also cuts down on the amount you need to sew. Choose which option is best for you. By measuring the size of the fat quarter, you will have an idea of how much you can resize the crown shape to. Make sure you note down your measurements for future reference, ideally onto your crown shaped pattern.
The measurements I resized to were – 44cm along the bottom edge of the crown, 26cm up both edges, 18cm diagonally from the outer points towards the middle of the crown and 13 cm from the top of the middle point down. This means it is 16 cm from the bottom of the crown to the bottom of the middle point. Along one edge measure out 8cm for a gap to be left when sewing.
If that is a bit confusing, have a look at the picture below for the measurements of the crown shape.
Then cut out your template when you are happy with the size of your crown.
Step 3 – Cut out Your Material:
Now that you have your template ready to go, fold your material in half (according to how you measured your template out) right side to right side. This basically means
Place your template onto your chosen folded fat quarter, with the bottom edge along your fold line. Make sure you align your template properly. Then grab your pins and pin the template onto your material, so that the fabric is together with the template.
Next, select your sewing scissors and cut around your template. Remove the excess edges and you should now have a crown shape cut out. If you are opting to have two pieces of fat quarter material and have used the folded method, this is where you want to cut along your folded edge so that you have two pieces. If you have two
Step 4 – Sew Your Crown Shaped Cushion Together:
Before setting up your sewing machine, you want to make a few marks onto your fabric. This is the opening of the cushion where you will add the filling later. You should have already marked this on your pattern template. You want to transfer this mark onto the fabric on both of the inside pieces (faded parts), using a fabric marker, pencil or tailor’s chalk. This will rub or wash out when finished.
Remove the template from the material. Pin together the exposed edges. You will want to place the pins so that they are horizontal over the edge (pin poking out over the edge of material). That way when you sew the machine will move it out of the way, or you can remove it easier. We don’t want any breakages of needles and your machine!
Now, grab your desired cotton thread and set up your sewing machine. I matched my thread for both the sewing needle and bobbin.
Once, it is set up you are ready to begin sewing. Start near your marked opening closest to the bottom of the crown/fold. Allow yourself around 1″ /2.5cm for seam allowance. Backstitch the part of the opening so that the material is strengthened. Leave the measured gap and complete another backstitch on the opposite opening. Then begin stitching your seam.
When you come to the first point, place your needle down into the material. Then, lift the foot and turn your material slightly so that you are stitching along the other side of the point. You can vary the severity of the point at this place, dependent on how sharp you want the point to look. Continue along using this methos until all seams are finished.
For added security of the material and to reduce the amount of fray, you can ‘overlock’ each side of the seam edges. To do this on your sewing machine, you want to set it to the zig-zag setting, with a small stitch length. Carefully follow around all edges. Now, you can do this part after you have made your seams or before, or not at all. It is totally up to you and whether your fabric is at higher risk of fraying.
Step 5 – Turn out Material and Stuff:
Before you turn out your cushion to the right side, you want to add a few little snips in the material where the points of the crown start. Also, you can snip the tops of the point (inside the seam). This allows for smooth curves and sharp corners when the cushion is turned the right way out.
Using the gap you left, fold the material out on itself, so that the inside part of the cushion begins coming out. Keep going until the cushion is the right way around. If you are having difficulty with the corners and points, use the blunt edge of a pencil, or pen with the lid on, and poke it until it is fully out.
Once you are happy that the cushion is fully turned out, then it is time to grab your stuffing. Place small clumps of this inside the cushion. Again, using the blunt part of the pencil, or pen with a lid on, really push the stuffing into the corners. Keep filling until you feel the cushion is stuffed enough and even.
You nearly have a fully formed crown shaped cushion.
Step 6 – Close up the gap:
Now you need to grab your hand sewing needle and thread this with the same thread used to sew the cushion together. The stitch you want to use to close your cushion up neatly is a ladder stitch. It is also known as an invisible stitch or a blind stitch. To do this make sure your thread is double (tying a knot at the end of both pieces of thread from the loop.
Push your needle up through one side of the open seam, so that the knotted end of your thread will be concealed. Then you want to take your needle and thread it through the crease of the seam on the opposite side. It will look like a horizontal stitch across the opening. Continue doing this from side to side, making sure the stitches are even. Once you have reached the end of the closing, pull the thread, and the opening will pull together with the stitches becoming concealed.
Loop the thread with your needle back into your closed gap to ‘knot’ the end of the thread. You can repeat this to ensure that the closing is secure. Then snip the thread as small as possible. You should now have your crown shaped cushion fully closed and ready for use!
As you can see mine isn’t the neatest, but it is all practice! (I am not the neatest of hand sewers!)
Step 7 – (Optional) Adding on Pom-poms:
To finish my cushion, I decided to add a few pop-poms to each point of the crown. I went for sparkly pale pink and sparkly white wool to make these. See my Pom-Pom making post for full details on how to make these. Once made, hand sew onto each point, making sure they are secure.
There you have your very own handmade crown shaped cushion. Perfect for an extra
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