Create your cushion using these simple stitches! 

 

 

Every kit contains complete instructions for stitching your cushion, including a colour-coded chart to show which stitches to use for each line on the design (see the "What's In The Kit?" link on the left.)

A copy of these instructions is below

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Following the colour-coded chart for your cushion on the centre pages, sew around the edges of the applied pieces of fabric using the stitches indicated. 

Do not remove white thread until you are certain that you have everything sewn down!

Then add the details to the cushion, which have been pre-drawn on the cushion, again using the stitch types indicated. 

There is a separate page of instructions for each type of stitch in this leaflet. 

Don't worry about being too neat! Feel free to add your own details- if you're making the cushion as a gift, you could add an embroidered message! Have fun:  this is your cushion!

Note that not every type of stitch included in this leaflet is needed for every cushion design 

Finally, assemble the cushion according to the instructions on the last page, then relax and enjoy!

 

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Zig-zag stitch

1. Anchor thread at back of work- make sure it is behind the piece to be applied so that your anchoring stitch doesn't show on the face of the finished piece.

Bring the thread up through the piece you are applying, about 5mm from the edge (A).

2. Slant the thread back at an angle of about 45o. Take the needle through the background fabric (B) and bring it out of the background fabric at an angle roughly 45o forward of stitch A at C, about 5mm from A to C.

3.Take the thread back down into the piece to be supplied, setting D down next to A. Bring it out again, parallel to the edge of the applied piece, again at an angle of roughly 45o to C at E.

4. Repeat stage 2.

 

 

 

Blanket Stitch

1. Anchor the thread at the back of the piece- take care to do so behind the piece to be applied, so that it doesn't show when the work is finished. Bring the needle out at A about 5mm inside the edge of the top (applied) piece. Insert it at B- right where the top and background pieces meet- and bring it out at C (about 5mm in) looping it round the thread so that it is held down.

2. Repeat, starting again at point B. To finish, secure the loop with a small stitch. 

3. To work round corners or small circles, keep the loop to the outer edge of the applied piece, making the points of entry (B) closer together in proportion to the curve.  

 

 

Backstitch

1. Bring the needle up at a few millimetres from the starting point (B). Then take it through the fabric at B round behind A to come up at C.

For the repeat, A becomes B, C becomes A and you create a new C. Stitches should be about 5mm. 

2. Repeat 

 

Chain Stitch

1. Anchor the thread at the back of the work, taking care to conceal it behind the piece. Work the stitch towards you from top to bottom. Bring the needle up at point A and reinsert it into the same hole, leaving a loop. Bring the needle up through the loop at point B: this will hold the loop down. Each loop should be about 5mm. 

2. Repeat. To finish, make a small stitch to anchor the final loop.

 


Whipped Chain Stitch

Whipped chain stitch is worked over the top of ordinary chain stitch, so work that first. Bring the needle up at the final stitch (A) and take it under the loop of the chain, but not through the fabric- this is a surface only stitch. 

Repeat through every loop, before taking it to the back of the work to finish off. Make sure that each stitch is in the same direction to give an even twisted effect.  

 

Satin Stitch

Anchor the thread at the back of the work. Bring the needle up at A on one edge of the shape to be covered, and then insert at B on the opposite edge of the shape. Next bring the needle up at C, immediately next to A and insert at D, immediately next to B. Make sure to keep the stitches very close together so that the background is completely covered.