How to Make a Sea Glass Style Cushion Cover

Project Level: Easy

A cushion sewn in a sea glass effect

About Fabric Love

Established in 2015, we are a small, independent fabric shop in Colchester, Essex, UK dedicated to providing our customers with great quality, affordable fabrics along with fabulous customer service and super fast delivery!

With a combined wealth of over 50 years sewing experience between us, we have a real passion for what we do and enjoy sharing our love of sewing and crafting with our lovely customers!

About Fabric Love

Established in 2015, we are a small, independent fabric shop in Colchester, Essex, UK dedicated to providing our customers with great quality, affordable fabrics along with fabulous customer service and super fast delivery!

With a combined wealth of over 50 years sewing experience between us, we have a real passion for what we do and enjoy sharing our love of sewing and crafting with our lovely customers!

About Fabric Love

Established in 2015, we are a small, independent fabric shop in Colchester, Essex, UK dedicated to providing our customers with great quality, affordable fabrics along with fabulous customer service and super fast delivery!

With a combined wealth of over 50 years sewing experience between us, we have a real passion for what we do and enjoy sharing our love of sewing and crafting with our lovely customers!

I love the colour and shape of sea glass, my sister and I spent a lot of summers at the beach scouring the sand for gems to put on top of our sand castles, often smuggling them home illicitly to enjoy and add to our collection of pretty things; prompting questions from exasperated parents such as "Why are you keeping this?", "Because it's pretty, I love the colour and the way it feels."

Early confirmation of my life-long hoarding habit... 

This is a quilted cushion cover but you can make it into a decorative quilt/ wall hanging/table runner, there are so many options.

There are three layers of fabric, the first is wadding (batting), second is cotton and then the sea glass patches.

I arranged them so the colours flow from one to another through various shades and patterns. Take your time with this, no need to rush.

Scraps at the ready!

You Will Need

About Fabric Love

Established in 2015, we are a small, independent fabric shop in Colchester, Essex, UK dedicated to providing our customers with great quality, affordable fabrics along with fabulous customer service and super fast delivery!

With a combined wealth of over 50 years sewing experience between us, we have a real passion for what we do and enjoy sharing our love of sewing and crafting with our lovely customers!

About Fabric Love

Established in 2015, we are a small, independent fabric shop in Colchester, Essex, UK dedicated to providing our customers with great quality, affordable fabrics along with fabulous customer service and super fast delivery!

With a combined wealth of over 50 years sewing experience between us, we have a real passion for what we do and enjoy sharing our love of sewing and crafting with our lovely customers!

Recommended Fabrics & Notions

100% Cotton Poplin Plain - White
100% Cotton Poplin Plain - White

100% Cotton Poplin Plain - White

£2.30
Plain white cotton poplin fabric in a swirl
Plain white cotton poplin fabric in a swirl

Plain Polycotton - White

£1.25
A roll of bondaweb by Vliesofix
A roll of bondaweb by Vliesofix

Bondaweb Wonder Under - Vilene 329 - 44cm wide

£3.00
Legacy Premium Needle Punched Wadding - 80/20 - Half Width (150cm)
Legacy Premium Needle Punched Wadding - 80/20 - Half Width (150cm)

Legacy Premium Needle Punched Wadding - 80/20 - Half Width (150cm)

£4.99

Instructions

Step 1.

Dig out those fabric scraps! 

You can use any colours to do this but I wanted to use blue, green, grey & purple.

Easy Scrap fabric project

Step 2.

Iron the white fabric so that you have a smooth surface to work with.

Cut the scrap fabric into smooth pebble shapes and lay them on the white fabric, arranging them from light to dark through the colour spectrum.

It took a while to do this until I was finally happy with the end result. I tweaked it several times and looked at it from a distance to get another perspective.

When you are happy with the layout, follow the instructions on the Bondaweb and iron the coloured pebbles onto the white cotton.

You can pin the pebbles on but Bondaweb is so much easier.

Pebble shaped sea glass pieces

Step 3.

Double the Wadding over and lay the white fabric on top, pin around the edges to secure the two layers.

Sew around the edges of the pebbles, straight stitch, zig zag, the choice is yours. I chose straight stitch because I like the rustic edges.

I used a free motion embroidery foot to do this as it's designed for curves and it's very therapeutic, it's like colouring outside of the lines, I love it.

On the plain fabric pebbles I played and sewed some swirls on them.

Free machine embroidery sea glass cushion cover

Step 4.

When all of the pebbles have been stitched, trim the loose ends.

I chose to make this into a cushion cover by adding two overlapping panels (no zips or buttons required).

Housewives sea glass cushion cover

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