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July 2021: Cushion Covers for So Brave

Date Posted:1 July 2021 

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So Brave launched in 2016 and quickly expanded, becoming Australia's Young Women's Breast Cancer Charity. They have reached states across Australia far and wide, delivering education, raising awareness, fundraising for research and advocating for young women to be their best health supporters and for the next generation to be breast aware. 

So Brave teamed up with renowned bodypaint artist Wendy Fantasia and created a project with a clear message. Part of their mission is empowering young women with breast cancer through visual and creative artistic expression. They have taken their bodypaint and photoshoot opportunities to women across regional and remote Australia, successfully raising funds and finding So Brave model ambassadors, giving real women the chance to face their fears and embrace their bodies. And, proudly and fearlessly giving their message such an incredible and inspiring canvas. 

This month, we'll be supporting So Brave and their mission by creating beautiful cushion covers in the hope to inspire young women battling breast cancer. These cushion covers are great for all skill levels, from beginner to advanced and are easy to create. Using applique techniques and simple sewing, this project is a great way to get your sewing in while donating to a wonderful cause. 

Materials used:

  • 1 x Fat ¼ - White 100% cotton fabric
  • Hot Melt Film (If you dont intend to stitch around the applique) or Hot Melt Web (if you'd like to stitch around the applique)
  • 45” x 45” cushion insert - from Pillowtalk
  • Variety of fabrics for flower wreath and circles
  • 1 x Fat ¼ Fabrics for border fabric - Cut 4 strips x 4” x 18”
  • 1 x Fat ⅛ Cushion squares - Cut 4 squares 4” x 4”
  • Cushion Back Fabric - Cut: 1 x 12 ½ x 25” & 1 x 20” x 25”
  • SDX1200 ScanNCut
  • Applique Mat
  • Wool mat
  • Mini Iron

Machine embroidery materials:

  • Shape to Create
  • Fusible Softaway/Tearaway
  • 3 x embroidery threads that suit the assorted fabrics.
    We used Hemingworth threads: 1221 Freesia,1223 Royal Purple, 1254 Dark Teal

Applique and embroidery designs:

Method:

Assorted flower fabric preparation for cutting

There are 8 flowers that have been created for the cushion, all of them are layered. You can choose your own layout or follow what we have done.

Steps

  1. Cut the assorted fabric for applique into 5" x 5" squares (this is the largest sized used)
    Cushion
  2. If you’re not using the ScanNCut, print the applique shapes PDF and trace the shapes onto your Hot Melt Web. Then, iron them onto the back of the assorted fabric. Grab your scissors and cut out the shapes.
  3. If you are using the ScanNCut, iron the Hot Melt Web onto the back of the assorted squares, but DON’T remove the paper! Set Aside.
  4. Time to cut the shapes with the ScanNCut. Prior to beginning your cutting, remove the paper. Place the fabric side facing down on your ScanNCut mat. Use the design numbers and sizes detailed below to cut the flower shapes on your ScanNCut.
Design Size Description Number required
BA-A048 3 ½” x 3 ½ Large flower 2
BA-049 2 ½” x 2 ½ Small flower 1
BA-A094 1” Inner Petals large 5
BA-A047 3 ½” x 3 ½ Large spikey flower 1
BA-047 2 ½” x 2 ½ Small spikey flower 2
BA-045 0.5” Circles - small 7
BA-045 ¾” Circles - medium 4
BA-045 1” Circles - large 2
AP-A037 3” x 3” Flower background only 2
AP-037 2” x 2” Flower background only 1
AP-038 ¾” Inner Petals small 1 set

Background fabric preparation

  1. Iron the Shape to Create onto the background of the fat quarter (White 100% cotton fabric).
  2. Draw lines onto the fabric with chalk or your marker of choice to show the centre crosshairs. You could also fold the fabric into quarters and iron to crease the crosshairs into the fabric.
    Cushion
  3. When embroidering the words, use the crosshairs to centre the designs on the background fabric.
  4. Square up the fat quarter and cut it down to 18” x 18”. Set aside.

Flower placement

The flowers are to be layered onto the cushion background.

  1. Using the embroidered words to assist with placement, lay the assorted flowers onto the background fabric.
    Cushion
  2. Layer the smaller shapes towards the top, and finish with a circle in the centre.
    Cushion
  3. Iron in place using the applique mat to protect the iron from the fusible webbing.

Adding the borders

  1. Sew the top and bottom border fabric to the background squares. Press seams.
  2. Sew a 4” x 4” square to each end of the other two pieces of border fabric. Press seams.
  3. Attach those two border fabrics to each side of the background square and your cushion top is complete!
    Cushion

Sewing the cushion together

  1. Take one of the cushion back fabric pieces and fold the top long edge over ¼” and iron. Fold ¼” over again, iron, then stitch along the top edge.
    Cushion
  2. Place both back fabric pieces onto the cushion top fabric, right sides together. The smaller back piece is placed first at the top of the cushion, the larger piece is placed over the top. Pin and sew ¼” seam around the outside of the cushion. Turn the right way out and press the front and back on the right side, poking all four corners out so they are square. Press.
    Cushion
  3. To make the flange, pin the cushion together along the inside edge of the white centre square. Stitch along the pinned line on the inside of the border.
    Cushion
  4. Insert the cushion and you are finished!
    Cushion

How long do I have to create the project?

This sewalong will run from 1st – 31st July 2021.


Things to remember

Sewalongs are a great way to get inspired by what everyone creates, while giving to a worthy cause. If you’re new to sewing or embroidering this is a great chance to get involved and have fun no matter what the outcome. Any excuse to put your sewing and embroidery machines to good use is a great one.


Sending in your donations

The cushion covers can be dropped in or posted to any of the Echidna stores during the month of the sewalong. Please send any donations made after the sewalong month directly to the charity:

So Brave
PO Box 219
Clayfield 4011 QLD
Australia


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