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Have fun making your own initial!
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.

Posted by Tamsinodile from Dorking, England, United Kingdom • Published See Tamsinodile's 10 projects »
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  • How to sew an applique cushion. Scrabble Cushion - Step 1
    Step 1

    Using the template provided, print off the letter and number you would like to use. Carefully cut them out.

  • How to sew an applique cushion. Scrabble Cushion - Step 2
    Step 2

    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.

  • How to sew an applique cushion. Scrabble Cushion - Step 3
    Step 3

    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.

  • How to sew an applique cushion. Scrabble Cushion - Step 4
    Step 4

    Set your sewing machine to zig zag stitch (I used stitch length 1 and width 4), and carefully sew around the letter and number.

  • How to sew an applique cushion. Scrabble Cushion - Step 5
    Step 5

    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.

  • How to sew an applique cushion. Scrabble Cushion - Step 6
    Step 6

    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.

  • How to sew an applique cushion. Scrabble Cushion - Step 7
    Step 7

    Overlap the piping in the centre at the bottom.

  • How to sew an applique cushion. Scrabble Cushion - Step 8
    Step 8

    It should look like this.

  • How to sew an applique cushion. Scrabble Cushion - Step 9
    Step 9

    Now you need to cut the back pieces. Cut one piece 18cm x 32cm and the other 22cm x 32cm.

  • How to sew an applique cushion. Scrabble Cushion - Step 10
    Step 10

    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.

  • How to sew an applique cushion. Scrabble Cushion - Step 11
    Step 11

    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)

  • How to sew an applique cushion. Scrabble Cushion - Step 12
    Step 12

    Place your back piece with the buttonholes face down on top of your front piece. (the folded over part should be visible)

  • How to sew an applique cushion. Scrabble Cushion - Step 13
    Step 13

    Place the other back piece on top, again face down, with the overlocked edge near the middle.

  • How to sew an applique cushion. Scrabble Cushion - Step 14
    Step 14

    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.

  • How to sew an applique cushion. Scrabble Cushion - Step 15
    Step 15

    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!

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Sara "Teaspoon" Tee
Sara "Teaspoon" Tee
I love this, thanks for the "how-to". This idea is going straight to my couch Happy
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Chelli B.
Chelli B. · Līhuʻe, Hawaii, US
Loooooove this idea. I love scrabble so this is really cool!
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Jet H.
Jet H. · Haarlem, North Holland, NL · 108 projects
awesome, specialy the backside that you used the real ones as buttons.
sooo smart and clever of you.
great tute , well done , sooo coool , i'm in love with your idea;=D
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