Quick appliqued cushion ideas for the holidays

We always seem to need that last-minute Christmas gift for an unexpected person on our holiday gift list. I recently found these really cute (and free!) designs from ShinyHappyWorld.com, and I thought they’d be perfect for some quick and easy applique Christmas cushions using HeatnBond Featherlite fusible web. These designs are for a 10″ block, so you could use another 10″ design of your choice if you wish.

Christmas cushions with fusible applique. Here’s the link to the free Snowman design by Wendi Ganz of ShinyHappyWorld.com

materials to make 1 cushion:

Fabric and fusible web for cushion

Let’s get started!

  • Trace your design on a HeatnBond Featherlite 8½” x 11″ sheet. You can also print the design from your computer directly onto a Featherlite sheet. What a great feature this is!
  • Cut out the paper shapes, leaving about ⅛” around the outside edges.
  • Following the manufacturer’s instructions, press a piece of fusible web to the back of each fabric for the snowman shape.
  • Cut out each shape on the drawn lines. Carefully remove the paper backing from the fusible web, one shape at a time, as you need it. I like to use a pin or needle to score the paper backing, making it easier to remove. A thin layer of fusible web will remain on the fabric.
  • From background fabric, cut 1 – 12″ square for the cushion front.
  • Cut 2 – 7½” x 10½” rectangles for the cushion back. Set these aside for now.
  • Place the applique shapes on the 12″ square. When you’re satisfied with the placement of the shapes, fuse them in place, following the manufacturer’s directions.

Stitch around each shape by hand or machine. Here’s the link to the free Snowman design by Wendi Ganz of ShinyHappyWorld.com

  • Stitch around each shape by hand or machine, using the stitch of your choice. I used a machine blanket stitch on my cushion.

Machine blanket stitch around fusible shapes. Here’s the link to the free Snowman design by Wendi Ganz of ShinyHappyWorld.com

Be sure to try one of the new SCHMETZ Susper NonStick Needles when stitching shapes with fusible web. This needle has a slippery surface that ensures less adhesive residue sticks to the needle. Itʼs ideal for users of fusible web, self-adhesive stabilizers, temporary spray adhesives, tapes and more.

SCHMETZ Super NonStick Needles are perfect for stitching on fusibles.

  • Trim the cushion front so it measures 10½” x 10½”. I used an Olfa frosted 12½” square ruler for this step. You can cut any size square up to 12½” and I love the non-slip finish on this ruler!

Olfa frosted ruler for a non-slip finish

Be sure to come back tomorrow to see how to put all the pieces together to make your Christmas cushion!

Finished Christmas cushion. Here’s the link to the free Snowman design by Wendi Ganz of ShinyHappyWorld.com

This is part 1 of 5 in this series

Go to part 2: A holiday cushion finished in a flash!

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