Button heart panel

Today is day 2 of the tutorial for the Piped Heart Button Cushion. I'm so enjoying showing you how to make this cushion.

Are you up to scratch with your cushion-making?! Did yesterday's post encourage you to edge nearer to your sewing-machine? Do let me know if you did. Or, for that matter, if it didn't. No lurking, remember?!!

Now, Modern Country Stylers, onto the back of the cushion. There are various different kinds of ways to seal in the cushion inner. In case you hadn't noticed, I'm a sucker for mother-of-pearl buttons so I've used an envelope backing buttoned up with three of these beauties (plus, shhh, don't tell anyone, but I haven't got to grips with zips yet)..

This is what to do....

Step 1

Remember the old sofa seat cushion? We need two more pieces from that. Cut out two rectangles from the original cushion seat material.. They both need to be 22''/55cm by 13.5''/33.75cm (this includes seam allowances). 

Step 2

Take one of the rectangles and turn up 1'' (or 2.5cm) once and then twice on one of the shorter sides. Pin in place and then sew shut. Do exactly the same with the other rectangle. I've added the extra fold of seam allowance here because this is where the buttons will attach so it needs extra strength.

Step 3

Onto this newly-rolled edge, sew three button holes the size of your buttons. One in the middle and the other two should be 4''/10cm or so in from the edge.

Sew your buttons on at the corresponding places on the other rolled edge and then do them up.

And that, boys and girls, is where I must love you and leave you today. Next stop, piping: the easy way.

{How are you getting on? Have I tempted you into having a go yet?}