The PFAFF Sew-on Button Foot helps to finish a cushion cover

Yesterday I embroidered the buttonholes on the cushion back as well as looked at how the mySewnet App helps with positioning embroideries on your quilts.

Today I’ll finish my cushion top using the PFAFF creative icon 2.

Rose Applique cushion with flange

Preparing my fabric

Trim the appliqued cushion top to 21” x 21”. Use the center markings on your fabric to assist with keeping the rose applique centered on your fabric.

Before I trim the cushion back, I want to overlap the 11” buttonhole placket section over the 13” wide button placket section.

Overlap the buttonhole placket over the button placket section.

Pin the overlapped plackets. I’ve set my creative icon 2 to Sewing Mode and I’ve threaded it with sewing thread on top and in the bobbin. I’ve selected a straight stitch and sewed the top of the cushion placket along the edge for 2”. I stopped with the needle down and stitched across the placket. Stop with the needle down, pivot and stitch back up to the top edge. Repeat for the bottom placket of the cushion.

Sew the top of the cushion placket along the edge, across the placket and back up to the top of the placket.

I centered the cushion top right side down over the cushion back and pinned it in place. I then trimmed the cushion back to the same size as the cushion front.

I sewed the cushion front to the cushion back with a ⅜” seam allowance. When I was finished sewing with the ⅜” seam allowance I found the cushion corners appeared too pointed. To get rid of the dog-eared corners, I marked a bigger seam at each corner. When I sew the seam, I’ll start to gradually taper the seam allowance from ⅜” to ¾” as I get closer to each corner. Even though my cushion is no longer square it will appear square when it’s finished and I won’t have dog-eared corners.

Corner seams are tapered ⅜” more than side seams.

Turn the cushion right side out and give the edges a good pressing.

Creating the flange

To create the outside flange edge, I’ve set my creative icon 2 to a triple straight stitch. I’ll use the Laser Stitch Guide 1 and 2 and I’ll set the Horizontal Position of Stitch Guide 1 to 30mm. When I sew the triple straight stitch around the cushion top I’ll keep the Stitch Guide 1 on the edge of the cushion. I’ve set my creative icon 2 with the needle down so when I stop at each corner, my machine will stop with the needle down and the presser foot will lift just enough to easily turn the corner. I could also draw a chalk line 1¼” or use the 3cm marking on the needle plate to guide the outside edge as I sew the triple stitch around the cushion.

Laser Stitch Guide 2 marking the sewing position of the triple straight stitch. Stitch Guide 1 is along the edge of the cushion.

Attaching the buttons

Cut each buttonhole open and mark the center of each buttonhole on the underplacket.

Buttonholes are cut open and the center of each buttonhole is marked on the underplacket.

My favorite method of sewing on buttons is with the PFAFF Sew-on Button Foot.

PFAFF Sew-on Button Foot

I’ll insert the button onto the foot so the holes on the button are lined up with the needle. Even though I’m using a thicker button, it’s easily held in position for sewing onto the cushion.

PFAFF Sew-on Button Foot with button inserted.

I’ve set my creative icon 2 to the button sewing stitch 1.3.19 which is in the buttonhole menu, and I love that I can set the number of repeats to anchor the button securely. I set it for 10 repeats. It’s easy to check if the width of the stitch works with the width of the holes in the button. I select Mirror Image side to side and, when the needle moves, if the width is correct, the needle will be sitting over the other hole in the button. Some buttons may require a different width to match the space between the holes on the button.

Button Sewing stitch 1.3.19 on the creative icon 2

I’ve centered the button on top of the marking on the underplacket and sewed the button to the cushion back. I want to make sure the holes in the button are running in the same direction as the buttonhole – in this case, they are parallel to the edge of the cushion placket.

Button stitched to underplacket of cushion back.

My buttons are sewn on, and I’ve inserted my 18” x 18” cushion form. The 18” x 18” cushion form is slightly bigger than my finished cushion but that’s ok as it’ll give me a fluffier cushion.

Here’s the back of my cushion with the buttons all done up.

Back of cushion with buttons done up.

Here’s my finished cushion with the large rose applique embroidered on the front and it’s hard to believe that it was all done in 1 hooping – I think it’s pretty impressive!

Rose Applique cushion with flange

Thanks for joining me on this incredible journey as I touched on a few of my favorite embroidery features on the PFAFF creative icon 2 this week. Shape Creator, Precise Positioning and Design Placement on the mySewnet App are some of my favorite embroidery features and I love to use them for all my quilting and sewing projects.

Just imagine the incredible quilts and embroidery projects you can create using embroidery on your PFAFF creative icon 2.

Join me next time, in the meantime, let your creative juices flow!

This is part 5 of 5 in this series

Go back to part 4: Quilting using the Design Placement on the mySewnet App

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