My first pattern: ‘Scrappy Cushion’

A year ago, I picked up a length of bright blue pompom trim that a local guild member was destashing. The trim was the starting point for this bright and scrappy cushion, which I English paper pieced.

Scrappy cushion (pillow) pattern by Granny Maud's Girl

A length of pompom trim was the inspiration.

You too can make your own version of this cushion because I saved all the templates I drew and collected them into my first pattern!

Scrappy cushion (pillow) pattern by Granny Maud's Girl

My first pattern is finished!

I have had a couple of patterns published in magazines, but this is my first stand-alone pattern. I am not sure whether I am excited or frightened by its release!

The cushion has a hand-pieced and hand-quilted front with optional pompom trim. (Kate, one of my pattern testers, suggested I make the pompom trim optional. You can guess my puzzled reaction to that! Why would anyone not love pompoms?)

The cushion cover is finished on the sewing machine and fits a 40-centimetre or 16-inch cushion insert. Alternatively, you could ignore the cushion idea and turn it into a mini quilt, or you could include the 6-inch blocks in other projects.

It would be a great way to use up some of your scraps or play with your favourite fabric and colour combinations. I jumped out of my usual colour comfort zone and threw in purple, teal, orange and yellow with gleeful abandon.

Scrappy cushion (pillow) pattern by Granny Maud's Girl

I went wild and used purple.

I used the same bright colours when hand quilting it in perle cotton.

Scrappy cushion (pillow) pattern by Granny Maud's Girl

Hand quilting in perle cotton was fun.

You can finished the back of your cushion in any way you like. I chose a zipper.

Scrappy cushion (pillow) pattern by Granny Maud's Girl

Of course, I matched the pattern across the concealed zipper on the back.

My first pattern has been a while in the making. I started talking to Lindsie, the graphic designer, more than a year ago, but we have both been busy. I have other ideas bubbling about in my head, so I hope that this will be the first of many. Wish me luck!

If you live in Perth, I will be teaching an evening class later this month at Calico & Ivy, and the pattern will be included in the class fees.

Links to Etsy and Craftsy, where the pattern can be downloaded, are in the sidebar.

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21 thoughts on “My first pattern: ‘Scrappy Cushion’

  1. In my defence, I couldn’t have found any bobble trim to match the colours I used for my version of the cushion, and as I was making it for a sister whose preferences do not include trims of any kind, least of all bobbles (I know, I know, my family is strange), I made mine trim free. I’ll post my alternative version tomorrow 🙂

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  3. I love that a string of bobbles led you to creating a cushion for them, they’re the perfect addition. Congrats on the beaut cushion and the colours are lovely and bright.

  4. Congratulations on your first independent pattern release Carla! It’s a gorgeous cushion! I hope you sell plenty of patterns, and this is the start of even bigger things for you!

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  6. Yay! That’s a milestone worthy of celebration! And the palette you picked for your version is full of personality. Well done!

    I, on the other hand, have led a pompom-less existence. I’ve never installed pompom trim. I’ve never bought pompom trim. I’m quite certain my house is devoid of any and all pompoms. I guess I should remedy that …

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