I had the idea to make cushions for my friends with their initials on, and decided to make them more unusual by turning them in to scrabble pieces!
You could invite your friends round and all make cushions together - they're so easy to do!
I'd love to see how crafters out there make cushions with different initials on them.
Using the template provided, print off the letter and number you would like to use. Carefully cut them out.
Pin the images on to black felt, I flipped the template over as it was difficult to see a black template on black felt! Carefully cut out your letter and number.
Cut out a piece of cream fabric (I used calico)measuring 32 x 32 cm. This includes 1cm seam allowance, so your finished cushion will measure 30 x 30 cm. You can make the cushion bigger, but you may need to make the letters bigger to get the proportions right. Pin the letter and number securely to the fabric.
Set your sewing machine to zig zag stitch (I used stitch length 1 and width 4), and carefully sew around the letter and number.
Pin ready-made black piping around the outside of your front piece. Make sure the piping is towards the inside of the cushion, and the flat edge is towards the seam allowance. Sew it in place. If you have a zipper foot it makes it easier, but if not just move your needle position as far to the left as you can, as I did.
Take care at the corners, making sure there is enough ease in the piping so that it will lay flat when you turn the cushion inside out later.
Overlap the piping in the centre at the bottom.
It should look like this.
Now you need to cut the back pieces. Cut one piece 18cm x 32cm and the other 22cm x 32cm.
If you have an overlocker, overlock down one long side of each piece. If not, sew a zig zag stitch along the same edges. This is to stop the edges fraying near the opening.
On the wider piece, fold over the overlocked edge by 4cm and iron it flat. Mark where your buttonholes will be, and sew them in place. (if your sewing machine does not do automatic buttonholes message me and I will explain how to do them)
Place your back piece with the buttonholes face down on top of your front piece. (the folded over part should be visible)
Place the other back piece on top, again face down, with the overlocked edge near the middle.
Pin securely, then sew around the whole thing as close to the piping as you can. This time I used a zipper foot, but you can use a normal foot as in step 5. You should be able to feel the piping through the fabric so you can sew next to it, not on top of it!
Turn the whole cushion inside out, pushing out the corners so it lays flat.
For the buttons I used real scrabble pieces, which I carefully drilled 2 holes in to turn them in to buttons! You can of course just use normal buttons.
Lay your cushion flat, use a pencil to push through the buttonholes and make a mark where the buttons will need to be sewn on.
Sew on your buttons, put a cushion pad inside and you're done!