DIY Boho Triangle Applique Cushion
Posted on Friday the 8th April 2016 by Crafting Fingers
This simple, small and boho cushion cover is a cute project I made for my own crafting chair. I often craft on the sofa or (confession time) in bed, but my chair is for special projects that need a lot of concentration. No TV or other distractions allowed!
A small cushion for extra lumbar support was just what I needed for long crafting sessions.
To make your own cushion you’ll need:
SIRDAR Cotton DK in three colours; Blue, Orange & White
Minimum 60 x 80 cm of Calico Fabric
14” Cushion Insert
Between 2.5mm - 4mm Crochet Hook
Yarn Needle & Pins
Sewing Needle and Thread OR Sewing Machine
To prevent fraying, I also recommend using Pinking Scissors. The triangle applique could also be attached to a ready-made cushion cover.
To start, decide on the size of your cushion. My favourite chair is comfortable, but a bit small. Finding a cushion small but also comfortable enough was difficult. DIY to the rescue!
For a 30cm cushion cover, I cut:
One 31cm x 31cm square of calico
Two 31cm x 20cm rectangles of calico
On a rectangle, fold one long edge over itself twice to hide the raw edge and press flat. Pin into place. I created a fold roughly 1cm in depth (the rectangle now measures 30cm x 16cm) and sewed this in place. Repeat on the second rectangle.
When the rectangles are complete, layer all three cushion cover pieces together. As this is a plain & reversible fabric, just keep in mind how you would like the seams on the back to show. I like the folded seams at the opening to be as subtle as possible by facing inward into the cushion.
Pin all the edges in place and sew securely around the entire edge with roughly 1cm seam allowance. On a sewing machine, be sure to reverse over the initial stitches, over the folded seams, and at the end to make the seam secure and hardwearing. I pivoted around the corners to sew it as quickly as possible.
When the seam is complete, use pinking scissors to trim the seam allowance. Snip off the corners, and turn the cushion cover right side out. Voila!
Next, crochet the applique. I originally wanted a cushion mostly covered by applique – so I made quite a few triangles! However, after trying the design I thought a simple 8 triangle design looked best on the small cushion.
I used a 2.5mm crochet hook. SIRDAR Cotton DK recommends a 4mm hook. Whichever you use will depend on your own tension and the look you prefer. I like the look of dense, solid stitches and tend to crochet loosely.
Crochet two white, three orange, and three blue triangles of the following pattern. Worked from the tip up:
Row 1: Ch 2
Row 2: 2 dc in second ch from hook (2 stitches made)
Row 3: Turn, ch 1, 2 dc in each st (4 stitches)
Row 4: Turn, ch 1, 2 dc in first st, dc in each st to end (5)
Row 5: Turn, ch 1, 2 dc in first st, dc in each st to end (6)
Row 6: Turn, ch 1, 2 dc in first st, dc in each st to end (7)
Row 7 to Row 10: Continue to turn, ch 1, 2 dc in first st, and dc to the end of each row until you have 11 sts. Or until you are happy with the size of your triangle.
Fasten off. Secure the yarn tails by weaving them throughout the work.
(Note: ch = chain, dc = double crochet, st = stitch)
Sew the triangles together using lengths of yarn. I used roughly 5” lengths of blue yarn through each meeting point, creating a simple triangle and silhouette pattern. You can experiment with other layouts, too!
After sewing together, I dry pressed the triangles as on the instructions on the label.
Here you can see the applique I used, all attached and ready to sew onto the cover. The colours could be mixed and matched any which way, this was simply my favourite choice! I love the soft texture and light-catching finish of the Cotton DK.
To attach the applique, I sewed a loop of yarn through the corner of the design and through the front of the cushion cover. I brought both tails of the loop through again to the front, and double knotted it tightly to secure the corner of the applique in place. Once trimmed, this left a lovely fringe in each corner.
Alternatively, you could sew through from the inside out to secure the fringe within the cushion cover. This would make a more secure finish as the knot won’t be rubbed against when using the cushion. As this is an occasional chair, I went for the more decorative look.
For a larger applique, sew through every triangle corner to secure to the cover.
Your cushion is done and ready to use! Enjoy!
A few ideas to take away with you:
Use the rest of the yarn and spare fabric to make matching triangle bunting
Round, granny square, or hexagon applique would also have the same simple, boho look. The calico fabric and earthy colours are key!