I’ve been seeing a load of circular cushions popping up on blogs and decor sites lately. Are they the new cool?? I hope so – I like them! Since I’m a bit of a cushion-making fanatic, I thought I’d try putting my own twist on the circular cushion trend. I’ve altered the shape slightly and made my own DIY Easter Egg cushion. So festive! 😛
To give my Easter Egg cushion a bit of extra dimension, I used a panel technique (rather than a simple envelope technique). This really helped to exaggerate the shape of the egg. Also, the bold yellow side panel really pops against the geometric front and back – perfect for spring!
I’m working with the team at Singer again for this post. Their Patchwork 7285q sewing machine was perfect for this project!
Make Your Own Easter Egg Cushions
Supplies and Tools
- Sewing Machine (I used the Singer Patchwork 7285q)
- A circular cushion insert
- Decorative cotton fabric for the front and back
- Decorative fabric for the side
- Matching cotton thread
- A zipper that is approximately half the circumference of your insert
- Tailor’s Chalk
- Fabric Scissors
1. Start by cutting out two large egg shapes from your decorative fabric. Make sure that the width of the eggs are slightly smaller than your circular cushion insert (this will ensure that the final cushion is plump and well-filled).
2. Cut a long strip out of the fabric you’re using for the side panel. It should be approximately 4 inches wide and 2-3 inches longer than the circumference of your egg. If you don’t have a long enough strip of fabric, you can join shorter strips together using this method (I had to do this – as show in the below photos!).
3. Find the mid point of your fabric strip. Pin the mid point to the top of the front fabric piece of your cushion, so right sides are facing in. Pin it so that the two raw edges (the long strip and the egg shape) line up, pointing outwards.
4. Pin the long strip continuously all the way around the egg, until it meets the bottom again. Go really slowly with this step and use LOADS of pins! Try not to let the fabric ruffle up too much (a little ruffling is inevitable). If you need to, it’s okay to remove the pins and start a section of the egg again. It took me a couple of attempts before I was happy with it!
5. The start and end of the long strip should be next to each other at the base of the egg. Make a small mark at the start and end of this strip, at the point that they meet one another. Remove a couple of pins from the start and end of the strip. Pinch the two ends against each other and pin them together. Sew them together using the pencil marks as a guide, then remove the pin. This will join the long strip into one circular piece, that perfectly lines up against the circumference of the egg shape.
6. Trim the excess off the ends of the long strip of fabric. Press it flat, open out the seam (from the line of sewing you applied in step 5) and pin it against the egg piece.
7. Sew all the way around the edge of the long strip. Remove the pins (that you added in steps 3-4) as you go.
8. Time to add the zip! If you have a zipper foot, install it into your sewing machine. It’s not an essential, but it helps. Open the zip completely to separate the two sides. Find the halfway point of one side, and pin this to the base of your egg. Make sure you pin it to the long strip of fabric, and not to the egg-shaped fabric piece! Continue pinning this side of the zip along its full length.
9. Sew the pinned side of the zip in place, removing the pins as you go.
10. Now it’s time to join the back section of the cushion. In the exact same way as step 7, pin the other half of the zip to the back part of your fabric (i.e. the other egg-shaped piece that you’ve not yet sewn). Sew this side of the zip in place and remove the pins as you go.
11. Close the zip. This will pull the front and back panels together, to complete the base section of your DIY Easter Egg cushion. All that’s left to do now is to sew the remaining part of the egg closed. Start by pinning the exposed raw edge of the long side strip to the back fabric piece. This is exactly the same as in step 4. Note that you should be pinning the cushion so that it is inside out.
12. As in step 6, sew around the edge of the egg to fix the side strip and the back egg piece together (removing the pins as you go). You don’t need to sew the base, as this should already be joined via the zip.
13. Lastly, open the zip and turn the entire DIY Easter Egg cushion cover the right way around. Fill it with your round cushion insert, and mould it to fill the egg shape.
I love the quirkiness of my DIY Easter Egg cushion! They’re a great way to mix things up a bit for the spring season – especially when they’re layered with square and rectangular throw cushions.
What do you think? Are you a fan of the circular cushion trend? Will you be trying your hand at making some Easter Egg cushions this spring? Let me know in the comments! 🙂 – Mike.
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