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Did you see the first in the new series of Great British Sewing Bee last night? We will be sending you regular projects for you to take on and enjoy alongside the new series.

Cushion with ruffled panel

1 x cushion pad. 12” x 16” (30cm x 40cm) 
Fabric for front & back of cushion. 13” x 36” Minimum. 
Contracting fabric for ruffled panel. 4” x 36” 
2 buttons. (or 3 if desired) 
Sewing machine. 
Ruffler attachment for sewing machine. 
Main fabric. 
Cut 1 piece 13” x 8” for Back “A” (Back buttons panel) 
Cut 1 piece 13” x 14” for Back “B” (Back buttonholes panel) 
Cut 1 piece 13” x 5” for Front “C” (Narrow front panel) 
Cut 1 piece 13” x 9” for Front “E” (Wide front panel) 
Contrasting fabric (Ruffled panel) 
Cut 1 piece 4” x 36”. For piece “D” (This strip is gathered using the Ruffler and 
the length required can vary depending on your fabric and the stitch length 

Sewing instructions. 
Overlock or zig-zag around all 4 sides of pieces A, B, C & E which have been 
cut from the main fabric. This will prevent the raw edges from fraying. 
Assembling the front section of the cushion. 
Take piece “D” and ruffle down both sides of the contrast fabric. 
Set ruffler on “1” to pleat every stitch. 
Set stitch length at 3.5 which is slightly longer than average. Different 
machines may vary but what you need is for your ruffled panel to finish up 
measuring no less than 13” as this needs to be inserted between the other two 
front sections. 
Sew piece “C” to one side of the ruffled panel and sew piece “E” to the other 
side with a ½” seam, 
Open out and check your cushion measures 17” x 13”. This gives you a ½” seam 
allowance on all 4 sides. 
Assembling the back of cushion. 
On piece “A”, fold and press 2” along one side which measures 13”. This section 
is where your buttons will be sewn on. 
On piece “B”, fold and press 2” along one side which measures 13”. This section 
is where you will stitch buttonholes on your sewing machine. 
Sew 2 (or 3 if you wish) buttonholes on piece “B” and overlap onto piece “A” 
and line up where you need to sew on the buttons, making sure that your total 
measurement is 17” x 13” once the back pieces are buttoned up together. 
Finally. Join the front and back pieces of your cushion by laying right sides 
together, pin all 4 sides and do one last check on your measurements. 
Remember, the cushion should measure 1” larger, in width and length, than your 
cushion pad. This is your seam allowance. Either tack around now or remove 
pins as you stitch all the way around on your sewing machine. 
Undo the buttons, (Yes I know it’s a bit fiddly as they are on the inside, but 
that will help it keep it’s shape as you sew around). Turn the cushion right side 
out and insert the cushion pad. 
How easy was that! 


Lettuce edge hem

Rebecca Lutchman explains how to prepare your overlocker for a rolled hem  
  • 3 threads are needed, the upper and lower lopper and the right needle.
  • Set the roll hem switch to activate
  • Differential feed should be normal
  • Tensions on normal settings except for the upper lopper which should be tighter (higher)
  • Set cutting width to 2-3
Sewing length should be 1.5-2
NOTE: The above settings may vary depending on the machine and fabrics; refer to your manufacturer’s instruction manual for the roll hem settings. Always test the stitching on a sample piece of fabric.

Lettuce edging is a decorative way to finish a hem; it can be used on children’s clothes, frills and veils etc. You can achieve a soft lettuce effect on woven fabrics as long as the fabric is cut on the bias. For the best results use fabrics which stretch, e.g.
Jersey or Lycra.


Feed the fabric edge through the foot making sure the blade trims off any unwanted allowance. For an even fuller lettuce edge, while feeding the fabric, hold it back slightly so it is stretched.

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