Originally Posted by Izy
So many of you have requested a tute on how I made the cushion in this topic:
So here it is!
Please bear with me while I post pictures through several posts as there are a LOT!!
I made a couple of boo boo's!! I am sure you will spot them!.. It clearly is a case of do as I say NOT as I do LOL!
Hope you all have fun with this technique!
Draw 1" lines onto your interfacing, and cut fabric 1.5" wide by required length, in three different colours
Oops! Not a good start! Stitch two of the fabric strips for the pleat right sides together down the length. Chain piece them all to make it go quicker!
Press the seams open, then fold right on the seam, right sides out and press again
Lay a strip of the Background fabric, right side up, on the interfacing butting the length right up against the first drawn line on the left of the interfacing
Now lay your first pleat directly on top of background strip, all raw edges butting up to drawn line
Now add your 2nd background fabric directly on top of the pleat right side down.
Stitch a 1/4" seam from the drawn line - a 1/4" foot is great for this as you can't see your throat plate markings for the interfacing!
Here you can see all layers lined up perfectly with the line just before sewing
First seam done!
Lift up the top background strip and fold over the interfacing and iron so it touching the next drawn line
Here, you can see the first pleat, stitched between two background strips
Lay next pleat onto folded up background strip
Add another background pleat directly on top as before.
Stitch a 1/4" seam from the drawn line as before.
Continue in this way until you have completed filled the interfacing.
Back side, I chose to trim up at this stage so it looked nice and neat on the tutorial..big mistake as you will find out soon!
All perfectly trimmed back??? hmmmmm!
Draw a line and stitch straight down the centre of the pleats, work with the flow of the pleats is easiest!
Centre stitching can be done with fancy stitches as I did on the cushion if you prefer
Next, Pin back each pleat to reveal the under side.
Here's the boo boo! When I turned it over and trimmed it up, I accidently cut through the last pleat so I suggest you DON'T trim up at this stage LOL!!
Draw a line and stitch through the points ...yes I know I didn't sew through mine but I should have been paying more attention!
Both sides stitched, one side better than the other!
Trim back to a couple of threads less than 1/4" so that this seam will be hidden in the seam allowance.
There you have it! I told you it was easy!
And remember, you can use either side of your pleat, mix them up and twist the pleats in opposite directions, there are LOTS of possibilities with this technique!!