Economy Block Cushion

It’s been a cushionpalooza around here lately! After my Spike the Echidna cushion that was quickly adopted by Anna, Lucy decided she wanted a special cushion for her bed too. Who am I to refuse? There will come a day when my kids will probably be embarrassed by me making things for them, so I’ll embrace their enthusiasm for now!

I made nine of these economy blocks using this tutorial by Red Pepper Quilts. Instead of any kind of theme or colour scheme I just decided to go random and scrappy. Somehow it works!

I can’t decide which blocks are my favourite but I think the sweetcorn block and the kid on the scooter are up there! Fussy cutting is fun but I made an absolute mess of my stash searching through for prints that would work well at a 3″ square size. For more info on fussy cutting I put together a guide a couple of weeks ago – check it out here.
For the back I kept with colourful theme and used a piece of this pretty Valori Wells fabric I’ve had in my stash for a long time. 

As with past cushion projects I’ve made, I used Ms Midge’s tutorial on sewing an enclosed zipper.

I’ve been enjoying making so many cushions lately and I was thinking we could have a sew along and make a cushion to share via instagram or link party? Would you be keen to sew along?

14 thoughts on “Economy Block Cushion

  1. Oh, I LOVE this pillow!!! I love that it's multicolored and not too matchy-matchy! LOVE. I think I'm going to have to copy you on this one. I need this for my couch. Thank you!!!!! LOVE!!!

    1. Thank you so much! It's always such a boost to get feedback like yours πŸ™‚ Much appreciated! The block tutorial is very simple, I bet you could whip one of these up in an afternoon!

  2. Embarrassment kicked in once my kids hit the teen years. Second time around I'm making the most if it while the next generation are still little. They happily announce to others who made they're clothes etc. Doesn't mean they like everything I sew, but they're just matter of fact if they don't and expect me to do better next time.. LOL!!! Upside of sewing for my own kids, as adults they all now ask me to sew various things; sometimes challenging for me. I'm proud of the fact that they think I can sew anything, even though the reality is otherwise.

    Great use of scrap fabric, Ros. It came together very nicely. Love the centre block and the scooter. Have fun sewing for your girls while they think you know everything.

    1. It's funny how our kids think we can do anything! It's good, sometimes it actually boosts my confidence! If they think I can do it, it must be true! πŸ™‚

      Thanks Pam. I already sew less for them – I find clothes a bit fiddly and time consuming these days plus they grow out of them so quickly! I'd like to make a bigger quilt for each of them, both of them like to sleep under a light quilt on hot nights so that will be a goal before summer comes around again next year.

    1. Thank you! I do find that when I make really random scrappy projects they do work somehow. It's almost like the clash of colours is a good clash!

  3. I love love LOVE this pillow! The fussy cuts are so cute. And the mix of fabrics are fabulous. I’ve sewn since I was young, but now that I’m retired I’m back to sewing more and learning to quilt. And my 26 year old daughter loves to challenge me with her project ideas. And she always wants new pillows. I’m really enjoying your site. Thanks. Oh & I’m working on one of your zipper bags right now.

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