Owl Cross Stitch Cushion: Sewing A Cushion Cover With A Finished Cross Stitch Project

Making a cushion cover using a completed cross stitch project

My list of craft projects is getting a bit out of hand and I have been waiting for a chance to catch up on them and get a few crossed off.  The chance has come this weekend and I am going to make the most of it and try and crack on with some projects! I was excited to get started and decided to start on finishing off a cross stitch project I had almost finished – a cross stitch owl in started a few months ago from 365 cross stitch designs volume 2. 

Once I had finished the cross stitching and got the back stitching finished it was time to make it into a cushion, I chose to make a flap back cushion and used Laura Ashley Gosford plum fabric. I really like using Laura Ashley fabrics as  it is nice and thick, making if perfect for cushions as it gives them good structure and is also hard wearing – if you have made something you want it to last for a while! 

To Make a flap back cushion:

  1. Cut two pieces of fabric which are the width of the cross stitch front and 10cm longer than the height. My cushion front was 45x45cm so I cut two pieces for this project I used two pieces 45x55cm.
  2. Fold the two pieces in half to give you two pieces 45×27.5cm.
  3. Take the two folded fabric pieces and place overlapping on top of the cross stitch front.
  4. Sew around the edge to secure.
  5. Turn out the right way.
  6. If you want to add some extra detail to the cushion you can sew a line around the edge, I sewed a line 6cm from the edge in purple to create a border.

Sewing A Finished Cross Stitch Flower Design Into A Cushion

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I had three cross stitch cushions to complete this year for gifts and this final one has taken by far the longest to complete. It was a much bigger pattern than the previous two and had much more detail and I didn’t think it was going to end! But, I have finally managed to get through the mountain of crosses and what seemed to be never-ending backstitching. I was a bit worried that once I had finished all of the crosses, the pattern wasn’t going to stand out very well but the backstitching in the pattern did its job and pulled it all together brilliantly. The pattern is from 365 Cross Stitch Designs (Volume 2)

Once completed, I created the pillow. I didn’t fabric ‘frame’ the front of the cushion as I think the picture itself was enough detail for the front and I didn’t want it to be overshadowed by any fabric colours. I again did a back flap cushion so there I wouldn’t need to fit a zip. I found a red flowery fabric in my stash and used it for the back, which I think complements the colours in the cross stitch really well.

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To Make a flap back cushion:

  1. Cut two pieces of fabric which are the width of the cross stitch front and 10cm longer than the height. My cushion front was 45x45cm so I cut two pieces for this project I used two pieces 45x55cm.
  2. Fold the two pieces in half to give you two pieces 45×27.5cm.
  3. Take the two folded fabric pieces and place overlapping on top of the cross stitch front.
  4. Sew around the edge to secure.
  5. Turn out the right way.
  6. If you want to add some extra detail to the cushion you can sew a line around the edge, I sewed a line 6cm from the edge in purple to create a border.
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This cushion turned out even better than I had hoped and I’m really pleased with it. It’s a shame I cant keep it for myself!

Sewing Cross Stitch Projects Into Cushions With Fabric Borders

Alongside completing my crochet projects for Christmas, I’ve also had a few cross-stitch projects on the go! I have been making a few cross-stitch pictures that I wanted to use to create a pillow. Finally, I have managed to get two of them finished – I didn’t think I was going to get there, but luckily, with a bit of time to spare, I managed to.

Make 1: Butterfly cross-stitch

I have made this pattern previously and really enjoyed doing it – I really like the butterfly detail, and it looks really effective despite only using crosses and some backstitching. This time I have changed the colours from those specified in the pattern so that there were some more greens and blues in it so as to match my friend’s lounge décor (she’s the recipient of the gift). The pattern is from the World of Cross-Stitching magazine issue 201 and I completed it on evenweave fabric.

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Make 2: lavender cross stitch

This is a great cross-stitch pattern, as aside from looking really good, it is surprisingly quick to put together. Instead of using French knots on the pattern I substituted them for small purple beads as I think it gives a much better effect. This pattern was from Cross-Stitcher magazine issue 229 and again this was completed on evenweave fabric.

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Once the two cross-stitch patterns were done, I made them into pillows. The two fabrics I used are both from Laura Ashley and found both in the offcuts basket. They often have some great pieces of fabric in there; it just takes a bit of rummaging around and there are all sorts of great pieces to be found!

Making the cushions:

  • To put the cushions together I first machine sewed strips of fabric around the four sides of the pattern to act as a frame.
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  • I then used two large pieces for the back (measuring the width of the front piece and 10cm longer than the height). I then folded these two pieces in half to make the back pieces.
  • Once I had all these pieces (the cross stitch picture with fabric side pieces attached, and the two back pieces), I laid them out with right sides facing and machine sewed around all four sides.
  • Next I turned the pillow to the right side by pulling it back through the flap at the back and then inserted the pad.
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I am really pleased with how these have turned out – and even happier that I managed to get them both finished in time! I now just have one more to finish cross stitching which I can then make into a pillow – I think it may be a close call to get it finished!