Today’s project is another one that will help you use up some of your fabric stash and create a bench pillow that will be perfect for both inside and outside use.
The bench pillow form I used is 16″ x 38″ and is available in fabric and craft stores.
I used fabrics from Northcott’s Banyan Batiks collection for my bench pillow cover.
- ½ yd [.4m] focus fabric; I used a large floral print
- ½ yd [.4m] accent fabric (bright green); this is used for the pillow front and the corded edge
- ¾ yd [.7m] background fabric
- 1 yd [.9m] pillow back; I used the focus fabric with the large floral print
- 120″ of cording. I used a soft, ½” diameter cotton cording.
accent fabric 2 – 1½” x WOF (width of fabric, approximately 40″)
- background fabric 3 – 8½” x WOF
- focus fabric 2 – 6½” x WOF
- for ease of handling, cut the WOF strips in half so they measure approximately 20″.
Let’s start sewing!
Make a strip set using 2 background strips, 1 accent strip and 1 focus fabric strip.
Press seams in one direction. Press carefully so you don’t distort the strip set.
- Cut the strip set into 2½” segments. You’ll get 8 segments from the strip set.
- Make 2 more strip sets like this and cut them into 2½” segments. You need 19 – 2½” segments for the pillow top, so you’ll only need to cut 3 segments from the last strip set. Keep the rest of the strip set for another project – maybe a smaller pillow?
Come back tomorrow and learn how to re-arrange the strips to create your own original pillow top!