One of the easiest and quickest ways to change things up a bit in your living room is to change the cushions. If you are on a budget, you could even just swap the covers on your existing cushions!

To make these quilt block cushions, I used Klona Cotton Fabric. It’s nice quality cotton and it comes in a range of colours. Polycotton Fabric would be cheaper, but it doesn’t wear nearly as well. As I have kids and a cat (and pens and ice cream!), my cushions need to be washable. Good quality cotton like the Klona cottons stays looking nicer for longer.

You will need:

1 metre each of three different colours. I used Lime, Turquoise and Orange.

3 x 45 cm Cushion Pads

A ruler, paper and a pencil. If you don’t want to make your own templates, I have some that you can download for free on my blog here.

Making the Patterns for the Quilt Blocks

The quilt blocks I used were the Pinwheel, the 8 Pointed star and the Comet star.

If you haven’t made quilt blocks before, they might seem complicated, but they are not! Each block is usually made up of smaller squares that are the same and then rotated.

If you would prefer to use templates instead of making your own, you can download some here on my blog.

Making the Templates

For each block, you will need square of paper measuring 24 cm x 24 cm.

Pinwheel

1. Fold your square of paper into 4.

2. Cut out one of the squares.

3. Fold the square in half diagonally and cut where you have folded.

4. Take one of these triangles and fold it in half to make 2 smaller triangles. Cut along the fold.

You will need the larger triangle and one of the smaller triangles.

Comet Star

1. For this block, you will need to fold the square of paper into 9. You might find it helpful to measure where to fold first.

2. Cut out 2 of the squares.

3. Take one of the squares and fold it in half diagonally. Cut where you have folded.

You will need one of the triangles and the square.

8 Pointed Star

1. Fold the square of paper into 16.

2. Cut out 2 of the squares.

3. Fold one of the squares in half diagonally. Cut along where you have folded.

You will need the square and one of the triangles.

Cutting out

For each piece, you will need to add a 1 cm seam allowance. The templates have the seam allowance included.

For the colour combination that I used, Colour A is orange, Colour B is Lime and Colour C is Turquoise.

Pinwheel

Cut 4 large triangles from Colour A, 4 smaller triangles from Colour B and 4 smaller triangles from Colour C.

Comet Star

Cut 1 square from Colour A, 4 triangles from Colour A, 4 triangles from Colour B and 8 triangles from Colour C.

8 Pointed Star

Cut 8 triangles from Colour A, 8 triangles from Colour B, 8 triangles from Colour C and 4 squares from Colour C.

Sewing Up the Quilt Blocks

Each block is made up of smaller squares which are then sewn together to make the larger square.

It is advisable to lay the pieces out first so that you can see what needs to go where.

Trim and press the seams open as you go.

Pinwheel

1. Take 2 of the smaller triangles, one of each colour, and sew them together along one of the shorter sides to make a right angled triangle.

2. Sew this triangle to the larger triangle along the longest edge.

3. Repeat for the other pieces until you have 4 square sections.

4. Sew 2 of the squares together, then the other 2.

5. Sew both of these together.

Comet Star

1. Lay the pieces out. Identify the 8 square sections and sew the triangles together along the long edges.

2. Take the 3 squares on the right and sew them together. Repeat for the centre column, then the left column.

3. Sew the columns together.

8 Pointed Star

1. Lay the pieces out. Sew the triangle pieces together to make squares.

2. Identify the quarters of the star and sew pairs of the squares together.

3. Sew them together to make quarter squares.

5. Sew the quarters together to complete the block.

Completing the Cushion Front Sections

Each block needs a border, made in Colour C.

1. Cut a 2 pieces of fabric 10 cm wide the same length as your block. It should be 28 -30 cm.

2. Sew 1 border piece to one side of your block. Sew the other piece to the opposite side.

3. Cut 2 more pieces of fabric from Colour C. They will need to be 10 cm wide and the same length as your block including the border pieces you attached in the previous step.

4. Sew them to the 2 remaining sides.

5. Repeat for the other blocks.

Completing the Cushion Cover

1. Cut 2 pieces of fabric the same width as the cushion front and about 2 thirds of the length.

2. Hem 1 long edge on both pieces of fabric.

3. With the right sides together, place the top back piece on top of the front piece with the top and side edges aligned.

4. Place the bottom back piece over the cushion front with the bottom edges and the sides aligned. The hemmed edges of both pieces need to be in the middle of the cushion. Pin in place.

5. Sew all the way around the outside edge. Trim the seams and cut off the corners.

6. Turn out and stuff with a cushion pad. Repeat for the other cushion covers.

If the colours I chose don’t suit your colour scheme, you can experiment with other own colour combinations!