Meet my cute kiwi cushion! Nothing quite like a little national pride and what better than a Kiwi. The small fluffy flightless bird of New Zealand we name ourselves after. Not the equally small and fluffy fruit which we know as kiwifruit rather than just ‘kiwi’ as I have noticed many other countries do. This cute kiwi cushion would be a great learn to sew project, especially with the little kiwi kids.
What you will need for the Cute Kiwi Cushion
- Fabric for your cushion – I used two 17″ (43cm) x 17″ (43cm) squares
- Contrasting Fabric for your Kiwi – Two Cut in Mirror Image. One can match the cushion fabric as it will just end up being the lining.
- *Option 2 – Felt – You can make your kiwi out of felt to save having to sew and turn it. This would be a great option for beginners or children!
- Sewing Machine (Standard – Overlocker not required)
- General Sewing Supplies, Needle, Thread, Scissors etc
- Cute Kiwi Cushion PDF Pattern – Link Here
Instructions for making a Cute Kiwi Cushion
Step 1 – Print Pattern
Print your Pattern using the actual size or no scaling functions. Since we are making a cushion you can adjust the size if you want to make it smaller or larger. It should print fine on both A4 and Letter paper.
Cut out your kiwi on the solid outer line.
*Option 2 – If using felt cut out on the dotted line.
Step 2 – Cut Fabric
Cut two mirror image kiwis. You can cut one out of the contrasting fabric and one out of the same fabric as your cushion. I cut one pink houndstooth and one cotton lining as the cushion fabric was a very similar colour.
*Option 2 – Cut out your felt kiwi and move onto Step 4.
Step 3 – Make Kiwi
Cut your paper pattern out again this time on the dotted line. Leaving the opening full width. Lay your kiwis right sides facing each other with the lining side up. Trace around the trimmed pattern on to your lining fabric.
Then Pin in place. As you can see I had already pinned mine before tracing but the other way is definitely easier!
Sew along the line using a straight stitch. Remember to leave the opening!
Leave the opening area seam allowance whole, it will look like a little tab. Trim the rest of the seam allowance right down to 1/8″ or 3mm. Or if you prefer you can cut in notches as I did in the my Baby Bib Tutorial.
Now for the fiddly bit…turn the kiwi right way around. I like you use my fabric pencils as the have pointed lids. I have seen lots of people using knitting needles too. Just be very careful not to put too much pressure on the seams as with the very narrow seam allowance it is easy to rip them out. For the very pointy areas (beak etc) I use a regular pin on the right side and pull on the lining fabric to ease it through.
Press well with your iron. Tucking in the tabs from the opening to match the curve. This has to be the single most important step!!!
Step 4 – Attach Kiwi to Cushion fabric
Attach your kiwi on the right side of your cushion fabric. I like to use a regular glue stick, on the underside of the kiwi (not on the cushion!) them press it down firmly onto the fabric, to hold it in place. Feel free to use iron on adhesives or pins if you prefer.
Sew around your kiwi close to the edge as shown above. Leave the tails of the thread long and feed through to the wrong side of the fabric using a needle as I did above.
Tie the threads off at the back and trim the long ends.
Step 5 – Sew Your Cute Kiwi Cushion Together
Lay the cushion pieces right sides facing each other and pin around the outside. Note the double pins which show the opening. You need to leave an opening to be able to stuff the cushion!
If you prefer you can add a zip on one side to make it a cushion cover, so that it is washable or that you can use a ready made stuffed cushion instead of stuffing.
Trim off any uneven seam allowance and turn cushion around the right way.
Once turned press (iron) your cushion very well. Ensure that all seams are sitting nice and flat.
Make sure that the opening looks like above, with the seam allowance tucked neatly in and pressed to match the rest of the seam. Pin at either side of the opening.
Starting from one side of the opening right round to the other using your presser foot as a guide. Just make sure you are catching all the layer of the seam. If your seam allowance in narrower then you will need to sew this narrower too.
This is how it should look once you have done that.
Step 6 – Stuff Cushion
Stuff your cushion.
Once you are happy with the amount of stuffing and the distribution you are ready for the next step!
Step 7 – Sew Opening
Here is the opening before.
Pull the seam away from the cushion and pin the opening to match the rest of the seam. Once you let it go it will pull up like this, sorry not enough hands to photograph it flat!
Sew the opening just as you sewed the rest of the seams. You can wriggle the stuffing out of the way a bit to sew. Just give the cushion a good fluff up when you are done.
And that is it! Hopefully you are now the proud new owner of a Cute Kiwi Cushion!
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