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projects - dresden plate cushion


 Dresden plate cushion





 you will need

  • 1 piece of calico approx 43 x 106cm
  • 9 pieces of cotton fabric squares 15 x 15cm
  • Dresden plate templates and card
  • Appliglue no.6 clear
  • Appliglue colour of choice



  • cut calico into 3 pieces; A 43 x 43cm, B 43 x 33cm and C 43 x 30cm
  • cut our the templates on the inside line 
  • transfer shape A on to the card/template plastic and cut out 2 shapes
  • refer to fig a below for layout of shape A on fabric
  • on the wrong side of the fabric draw around the template accurately with a sharp pencil
  • check the size of the template by placing over the shape of the original drawing 
  • cut out.  
  • no seam allowances necessary 
  • ensure there are no creases.  Iron if necessary






  • fold calico piece A in half and half again to locate central point
  • fold paper circle in half and half again to locate central point 
  • place a pin through the centre circle and fabric to ensure the centres are lined up. pin in position.
  • place the pattern pieces randomly around the circle with the short curved edge on the paper circle
  • the pieces should meet exactly with no overlap
  • remove the paper circle
  • if necessary adjust the fabric until the best possible fit is achieved
  • place calico piece A on cardboard and peg at the top to secure 



use the double glue technique




finishing off the cushion

calico piece A - Dresden plate completed


calico piece B - create a hem 

  • turn under half a centimetre on a 43cm edge
  • fold over this edge again
  • pin and stitch down this hem 


calico piece C - as for calico piece B




  • place B on C with hems overlapping to form a square, 43cm x 43cm (fig e)
  • pin together
  • place calico piece A on top of pieces B and C with right side facing the raw edges matching to form a square
  • pin and stitch together all around with a 1cm seam
  • cut diagonally across the corners to reduce buik
  • you may wish to work a little extra stitching at these points for reinforcements (fig f)
  • turn to the right side through the opening 
  • insert cushion




 download templates