Do you remember when I did my #100embroideredflowers last summer, as part of #the100dayproject? Well, since then I’ve been working on an ebook of my favourite 20 flowers that I embroidered from the project. That comes out next Saturday, and you’ll be able to find it here. To give you a taste of what the ebook is like, today I’m releasing the 21st flower as a free download.
I plan, over the next few weeks, to include some tutorials for crafts that you can make to show off the floral patterns. My first tutorial involves the 21st flower, which happens to be the daisy. With all the upcoming tutorials, you can interchange the flowers, so you can just follow along with just the daisy pattern, if you want to.
Daisy Daisy Cushion
The daisy pattern is approximately 7.5 cm across and 7.5 cm tall. I stitched the daisy grid on a 40 cm by 40 cm cushion, using a 3 by 3 grid. So if you’re using a different pattern, a different size cushion or you want to stitch more or less flowers, the maths is going to be different.
When marking out where to place your flowers, it’s helpful to use a large set square or a quilting ruler, but as long as you’re careful, you could probably fudge it with a ruler.
I marked out the centre of each flower, however, with my chosen transfer method (carbon transfer paper), it was difficult to place each daisy precisely on the centre mark. However, I think that my grid of daisies still looks okay. If you want to be really accurate, I would recommend using something like Sulky Solvy instead, as it would be easier to see where you’re placing the pattern on the fabric. A light box (or window) would also help you precisely set your pattern, however, with the dark material, light boxes aren’t always practical.
A note on seam allowance, I used a seam allowance of 1 cm, which was fine but, as your embroidery is fairly close to the edge of the fabric, I would recommend leaving a bit of extra material around the cushion panel, whilst you embroider, otherwise it may be difficult to fit the pattern properly in your embroidery hoop. You can always trim the fabric to your actual seam allowance line, afterwards.
Once you have your completed cushion panel, cut a second piece of fabric, the same size, for the back of the cushion. With the cushion panel and the backing fabric pinned together, wrong sides facing outwards, sew, remembering to leave a large gap along one side for the cushion pad. Once sewn, turn the cushion cover the right way round, insert the pad, then hand sew the gap (pinning the gap closed can help whilst you do this). One finished cushion!
Pattern and tutorial for personal use only.