Wildwood is the most recent collection from our favourite British fabric designers Dashwood Studios. Featuring foxes, toadstools and forest scenes in a contemporary colour palette of mint, rust, aubergine and teal, it really is a gorgeous fabric collection.
I was asked by Dashwood Studios to use some of their Wildwood collection to create a cushion for an upcoming show. Being a huge fan of the collection I jumped at the chance and made them a log cabin cushion using three of their lovely fabrics. If you fancy having a go at making your own log cabin cushion here is our simple Homemakery how to:
Wildwood Foxes by Dashwood Studios (Centre)
Wildwood Aubergine Toadstools by Dashwood Studios (Round two)
Wildwood Chevron Trees by Dashwood Studios (Round three)
Beige Linen x 1FQ (2 Fat quarters will be needed if using another cotton fabric for the back)
2 x 29mm self cover buttons
Universal Button Covering Tool
16 inch cushion inner
Rotary Cutter, Mat & Quilting Ruler
Pearl Headed Pins
The log cabin works in three rounds and is made up of 9 pieces of fabric. Cut the following pieces of fabric in accordance with the diagram a 1/4 inch seam allowance has been included in all the measurements.
For a 16 inch cushion we want the following pieces:
Centre piece = 5.5 inches x 5.5 inches
5.5 inches x 3.25 inches
Two pieces measuring 3.25 x 8.25
3.25 inches x 11 inches
3.25 inches x 11 inches
Two pieces measuring 3.25 inches by 13.75 inches
3.25 inches by 16.5 inches
Lay all your pieces out flat as they will be sewn.
To Sew: take the centre piece and the shortest piece from the middle round, sew together then iron seams flat. The second piece will be the same length as the first two pieces sewn together, sew that piece to the first two pieces and iron seams flat. Follow the picture below until you have completed the round.
Repeat for the third round. Once finished your finished log cabin piece should measure 16.5inches by 16.5 inches.
Back Cushion Cover
Make your buttons using the self cover button tool and the self cover buttons.
Cut your backing fabric into two pieces measuring 16.5 inches by 12 inches.
On one piece, on the longest side fold over half an inch onto the wrong side and iron in a seam, fold over another half inch to conceal the raw edge iron and pin down.
On the second piece (this will be used to sew in the button holes) on the longest side fold over an inch onto the wrong side and iron in a seam, fold over another 1 1/2 inch to conceal the raw edge iron and pin down. Sew each seam. [Optional: At this point if you want to sew button holes, do so now on the backing piece with the wider seam, using your sewing machines buttonhole foot].
To make up the cushion place the front piece right side up, place the button hole piece right side down with the button holes towards the centre and then the other piece right side down on top, again with the seam towards the centre.
Pin all around, sew, snip off the corners, turn inside out and your cushion cover is finished.