March 2020
March 2020

Sewing Pattern

Cotton Print Ice Cream Cushions

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Reminiscent of sunny days at the beach, these whimsical ice cream cushions would make a fun addition to a child’s play room or outdoor area. Made using a selection of delectable cotton printsand adorned with colourful ric rac and button ‘hundreds and thousands’, both scrumptious lolly designs will have you licking your lips all year round.

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Essentials
  1. **Ice cream cushion**
  2. Fabric: spotted, white and pink, 85cm x 120cm;
  3. spotted, dark pink, 25cm x 30cm; striped, yellow,
  4. 40cm x 65cm; lining, cream, 80cm x 130cm
  5. Ric rac: pink, 45cm; dark pink, wide, 1m
  6. Buttons, assorted
  7. colours, 22
  8. Felt ball, red
  9. Felt flowers
  10. Fibre filling
  11. **Ice lolly cushion**
Dimensions List
  1. Ice cream cushion: 33cm x 46cm
  2. Ice lolly cushion: 28cm x 55cm

Stitch an ice cream cushion

    1. Download the templates and print. Pin the whole ice cream shape to yellow striped fabric and cut out. Transfer the diagonal lines indicated on the template onto the material and topstitch in a darker thread. Cut the small ice cream shape from dark pink patterned fabric and the large ice cream template from pink spotted fabric.

    2. Lay the large pink spotted ice cream shape over the striped whole ice cream piece, matching up the shaped sides, and pin into place. Machine stitch around the wavy edge, where the colour change occurs. Pin the small, dark pink shape at the top and machine stitch around the wavy edge as before.

    3. Pin large pink ric rac across the colour change between the spotted and striped fabric, and machine stitch into place. Pin small ric rac across the colour change between the pink spotted and dark pink fabric and stitch. Sew buttons as shown, spacing them evenly. Add felt flowers across the small ric rac.

    4. Cut a 30cm x 40cm piece of pink spotted fabric. Press down and machine stitch a double hem at the longest edge. Cut another piece of pink spotted cotton measuring 40cm x 46cm. Press down and machine stitch a double hem at the shortest edge. Sew a length of large ric rac across the shortest edge.

    5. Position the larger section on top of the smaller one, overlapping it by 5cm, and pin the sides together. Pin the whole ice cream template to the fabric, matching up the break line as indicated on the pattern, and cut out. With right sides facing, pin the back and front together and machine stitch. Turn out and press. Sew a felt ball to the top.

    6. Pin the whole ice cream template to cream lining fabric and cut out two pieces. Pin them together and machine stitch around the shape leaving a 10cm gap for stuffing. Fill the cushion pad lightly and sew up the gap. Insert into the ice cream cover to finish.

Make an ice lolly cushion

    1. Prepare a foam pad by trimming off the corners to create a curve shape for the ice lolly. For the front, cut 23cm x 30cm from dark patterned fabric. From spotted cotton, cut 12cm x 30cm and from plain brown material, cut 12.5cm x 30cm. With right sides facing, pin the dark patterned fabric to the spotted cotton and machine stitch together. With right sides facing, pin and sew the brown material to the spotted fabric.

    2. Cut wide light pink ric rac to size, pin across the brown/spotted colour change and machine stitch into place. Repeat with dark pink ric rac across the other fabric join. Trim the corners off the brown fabric to match the foam pad and sew on various buttons.

    3. For the lolly back, cut 23cm x 30cm from dark patterned fabric. From spotted cotton, cut 13.5cm x 30cm and 13.5cm x 30cm from plain brown material. Pin the spotted fabric to the dark patterned piece and machine stitch together. Pin dark pink ric rac across the colour change and sew into place. At the raw edge of the spotted fabric, press and machine stitch a double hem. Pin and sew light pink ric rac across the top of the hemmed edge.

    4. On the longest edge of the brown fabric, press and machine stitch a double hem. Trim the corners to match the front. Sew buttons on, spacing them evenly. Place the brown fabric under the spotted one and tack, matching up the sides and colour changes with the front. Press all seams open.

    5. For the lolly sides, cut two 11cm x 23cm rectangles from patterned brown fabric. From spotted cotton, cut two 11cm x 12cm rectangles. For the base, cut 10.5cm x 30cm from patterned spotted fabric and 11cm x 46.5cm from plain brown material for the top. Pin and machine stitch the sides and top piece together, then sew on the ric rac across the colour changes.

    6. Pin and sew the base into place. Press all seams open and sew on the remaining buttons. Pin the front to the sides, top and base and sew together, matching up the colour changes as you work. Pin the back to the sides, top and base, matching up the colour changes as before and machine stitch into place. Remove the tacking stitches, turn the cover through the gap and press. Insert the foam pad into the cover.

    7. Pin the template for the lolly stick to beige fabric and cut out two pieces. With right sides facing, pin and machine stitch them together, then turn out and press. Wrap toy stuffing around a stiff cardboard tube and insert into the stick, padding it well with more stuffing. Turn over a 5mm hem at the raw edge and pin the handle to the base of the lolly, sewing securely into place with neat whip stitches.

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