Lace and ribbon cushion

My next 20 Embroidered Flowers tutorial is for another cushion, this time featuring the cow parsley pattern, although as usual, you could interchange the flowers (although you may have to change the dimensions of the fabric strips and work out the maths yourself for how many of the flowers you can fit in).

I was inspired to make a lace cushion because of the alternative name for cow parsley, Queen Anne’s Lace (named such, as cow parsley was said to resemble the lace on the pillows carried by Queen Anne’s ladies in waiting).

cow parsley cushion tutorial 1The front of the cushion consists of four fabric strips, the dimensions for which are given in the diagram if you’re making a cover for a 40x40cm pillow. When you’re initially cutting the panel that will be used for the embroidery, you may want to cut is slightly bigger than the size suggested, to allow plenty of room for you to move your hoop around.

If you’re using the cow parsley pattern and you’re following the dimensions for a 40x40cm cushion, you can fit four cow parsleys onto the panel. The cow parsley pattern is approximately 9cm across and 8cm tall, so you can fit four onto the panel if you allow a 0.5cm gap between each pattern. I also positioned the patterns, so that there was a gap of 1cm at the top and bottom of each cow parsley (not including the seam allowance, which is 1cm). I recommend measuring and marking out carefully, with a removable marker, where you want to place each flower before transferring the pattern.

Embroider the cow parsleys, then sew together the panels using a 1cm seam allowance. Then you get to play with your lace and ribbon collection! How many you can fit on depends on how wide your trimmings are, but I managed to fit five different types, with a bit of space in between. Pin well, then carefully sew on with your sewing machine. Depending on the width of your trimming, you may be able to get away with just one row of stitches per trimming, or you may have to use two, if the ribbon or lace is extra wide. I used white thread to stitch my ribbon, lace and trim on and I’m impressed with how it’s not really noticeable.

Once the ribbon and lace are all sewn on, you can make up the cushion cover by sewing your cushion front to a 42 x 42cm cushion back. Remember to sew with both sides facing inwards and to leave a generous gap to fit your cushion pad in. Then hand stitch the hole up.


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