DIY Appliqué Cushion Tutorial

Making home in a place that isn’t yours (or a place that is yours but brand new) is incredibly fun, although it can be frustrating at times if you don’t have the luxury of an endless Kimye wedding-style budget (we discovered the cost of their wedding here, it’s unbelievable!). You can definitely still have the home of your dreams while being budget-savvy; often, crafting and DIY can go a long way.

Risen HomeHome of Teri Muncey (The Lovely Drawer) via Apartment Therapy

KissKiss-Final3DIY tutorial by Tiffany Grant-Riley of Curate and Display for Love My Dress

Today, Clare and Daria of Less Grafting More Crafting are sharing a fantastic DIY tutorial on sprucing up a cushion with appliqué. We’ve been holding to this one for a while, until their new website was up – and it’s now ready! The duo spend their time running craft workshops and making things; we love the idea of learning new skills, so we asked Clare & Daria to get busy and come up with a doable and fun DIY with a great end product. Enjoy!


Less Grafting More Crafting – Appliqué cushion tutorial


We’re so excited to be sharing our applique cushion tutorial with you today! This project incorporates several of our favourite trends – geometric prints, neon colours and teal – and is something that you could complete on a weekend or over a few nights during the week. With just a few simple materials you can create a gorgeous cushion for your home or for a gift.

You will need:

You will need

• A cushion cover (we’ve used this Brakig 2014 cover from IKEA in a neon lime, which is 50x50cm/20×20”)

• Some contrasting fabric (we’ve used Wobbly Check in Teal from the John Lewis 150 Years collection – a fat

quarter will be more than enough)

• The ‘Oh Happy Day’ template, enlarged to fit A3 size paper

• Sharp scissors

• Pins and a needle

• Some fabric glue

• Embroidery thread (we’ve used Anchor thread No. 169 to match our teal fabric)

• An iron

Step 1


Carefully cut out the letters (don’t use your fabric scissors to do this!) and then pin them onto your fabric. Then cut out around each letter – you might need to fold some of them to do this, especially when cutting out the middles of the letters.

Step 2


Once all of the letters are cut out, iron them on a cool iron to remove any creases. You might need to iron the cushion cover too!

Step 3


Now you need to position the letters on the cushion cover. It’s easiest if you start with the middle ‘p’ of ‘happy’ because this letter should be in the middle of the cushion. You could measure it if you want to be really precise, but we just did it by eye! Make sure that the cushion label on the inside is at the back of the cushion.

Step 4


Once positioned, glue the letters into place. You don’t need to use loads of glue here – the idea is just to keep them where they need to be without having to use loads of pins.

Step 5


Now it’s time to get sewing! Thread your needle with three strands of the embroidery thread and tie the end securely. From the inside of the cushion, thread your needle up through the letter ‘d’ a little way in from the edge, and then thread through the cushion to make the stitch as close as you can to the letter.

Instead of bringing the needle all the way through the fabric, poke it a little way along the letter fabric where you want your next stitch to be and then pull through (see photo – top right corner). This means that you don’t have to keep moving inside and out of the cover, which will make the process much quicker!

Repeat with the other letters, moving up from the word ‘day’ to ‘oh’.


Ta-dah! That’s it – you’re ready to display your cushion. There are so many possibilities with this project; you could mix and match so many colours and patterns!

If you make this project, we’d love to see your creations! Share your photos on our Facebook page or tag us on Instagram (@lessgraftingmorecrafting). Pop over to our website for more craft tutorials and inspiration!


Thanks ladies, visit them below…

Less Crafting More Grafting



2 thoughts on “DIY Appliqué Cushion Tutorial

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