Layered cushion using a method of cut-work


layered cushion

Create a layered cushion cover using a method of cut-work.

The idea comes from a method of drawing with oil pastels for kids. The black surface is scratched to reveal the colorful background. 




Step 1: Select two pieces of fabric: one colorful and the other black.


Step 2: Stack the two pieces of fabric, one above the other. Stack the colorful fabric under the black. 

2 pieces of fabric

Step 2: Draw the outlines of the design either onto the black fabric or onto the backing fabric. You can use tracing paper. 

draw outlines

Step 3: Stitch both fabrics together with you sewing machine following the outlines.  

embroidery design

Step 4: With small, pointed embroidery scissors, cut away parts of the black fabric. Gradually, they will appear parts of the colorful background fabric. 

cut work embroidery


cut work embroidery

cut work embroidery

Step 5: Add more decorative stitching lines either with your sewing machine or by hand. 



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