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made for a friend's birthday
Made using up cycled jeans!

Posted by Steph. from Reading, England, United Kingdom • Published See Steph.'s 138 projects »
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  • How to make a cushion. Butterfly Cushion - Step 1
    Step 1

    First, cut a square (measuring a little bigger than your cushion filler) from the jeans. This will be the main backing for the cushion.

  • How to make a cushion. Butterfly Cushion - Step 2
    Step 2

    Now print off your template. I got mine from Google images

  • How to make a cushion. Butterfly Cushion - Step 3
    Step 3

    using the other leg of the jeans, trace the template of the butterfly. Make sure the different segments in the middle are very clear!

  • How to make a cushion. Butterfly Cushion - Step 4
    Step 4

    Cut out around the OUTSIDE of the template, don't cut the insides yet. Leave this to one side for a moment.

  • How to make a cushion. Butterfly Cushion - Step 5
    Step 5

    Now cut a square (smaller than the square cut in step 1) and fold over the raw edges.

  • How to make a cushion. Butterfly Cushion - Step 6
    Step 6

    Sew it onto the denim square using straight stitch (very close to the edge)

  • How to make a cushion. Butterfly Cushion - Step 7
    Step 7

    Now sew on the denim butterfly using a close zigzag stitch all the way around the edge.

  • How to make a cushion. Butterfly Cushion - Step 8
    Step 8

    Zigzag stitch around the segments inside as well

  • How to make a cushion. Butterfly Cushion - Step 9
    Step 9

    (This technique is called "Mola". it means "reverse appliqué". For this the material is layered, the design is selectively cut out across the layers, the edges of the cut-out material are tucked under and then stitched in place. The end result is the revelation of the design in the colors of the material beneath.)

    Anyways...using a stitch ripper, rip a hole in the denim layer. Be carful not to rip the butterfly fabric underneath!

  • How to make a cushion. Butterfly Cushion - Step 10
    Step 10

    Now, using small sharp scissors, cut out the denim layer. Here's one completed

  • How to make a cushion. Butterfly Cushion - Step 11
    Step 11

    here's one completed, it take patience, but it looks nice when it's done :)

  • How to make a cushion. Butterfly Cushion - Step 12
    Step 12

    Here's the whole butterfly

  • How to make a cushion. Butterfly Cushion - Step 13
    Step 13

    Now cut a square (the same size as your denim square) from the butterfly material

  • How to make a cushion. Butterfly Cushion - Step 14
    Step 14

    Pin and sew in the invisible zip

  • How to make a cushion. Butterfly Cushion - Step 15
    Step 15

    It should look like this when it's opened out

  • Step 16

    Flip the two sides RS together, sew around the 3 raw edges and you're done!

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Katzilla
Katzilla · 14 projects
That's gorgeous, I love it!
Steph.
Steph. · Reading, England, GB · 212 projects
thank you! I'm so happy with how it turned out Happy
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