The Princess and the Pea Pocket Cushion / Wall Hanging Part One – The Princess Pea Pocket Bed

 

The Princess and the Pea Pocket Cushion / Wall Hanging Part One – The Princess Pea Pocket Bed

 

Every little girl could use a cushion with a pocket – think tooth fairy, letters to santa, treasured possessions…But this quick and easy project could be just as easily adapted to make a wall hanging/ organiser. Although I’m using solids in this tutorial, it would be a perfect way of using up left over strips from other projects.

 
Ingredients:
 

1. Cushion Front/Background

1 x cushion pad 18″ square
2 x  20″ square fabric for cushion front 
1 x 20″ square wadding/batting

 

2. Mattresses
Top Pocket
1 x wadding/batting 7 1/2″ x 3″
1 x fabric 7 1/2″ x 4 1/2″
2 x fabric 7 1/2″ x 1 1/2″ strips


Lower Pocket

1 x wadding/batting 7 1/2″ x 4 1/2″
1 x fabric 71/2″ x 5 1/2″
3 x fabric 7 1/2″ x 1 1/2″ strips
1 x brown fabric 7 1/2″ x 1″
3. Bed Ends
1 x wadding/batting 10″ x 3/4″
1 x wadding/batting 9″ x 3/4″
1 x brown fabric 10 1/2″ x 2″
1 x brown fabric 9 1/2″ x 2″

 

4. Pea
1 x green button or bead
Method:
Use 1/4″ seam allowance throughout.
Cushion Front
Take your ingredients from 1. Cushion Front (above).
Make a quilt sandwich with 1 x 20″ square fabric placed with the right side facing down. Then your 1 x 20″ square wadding/batting. Then 1 x 20″ square fabric with right side facing up. Pin all three layers together and quilt as desired. 

 

Set this aside.
 
Mattresses

Take your ingredients from Top Pocket (above) and sew together as shown below.

this photo shows bottom unit sewn together (left) and top unit sewn together (right)

Press seams to one side. Then fold your unit in half wrong sides together, as shown below, and press.

photo, again, shows bottom unit (left) and top unit (right)

Open your unit and lay it right side down. Then place your 7 1/2″ x 3″ wadding so the top edge aligns with the pressed crease and the bottom edge is 1/4″ from lower edge of the fabric unit, as shown below.


Fold the top half of your fabric over the wadding. Pin and stich in the ditch between the coloured strips as shown below. Sew a line as close as you can to the open edge just to keep this edge stable for joining to the cushion front.

Take your ingredients from Lower Pocket (above) and make up as for Top Pocket. Make sure your 1 x brown fabric 7 1/2″ x 1″ strip is the last strip sewn.

photo, again, shows bottom unit (left) and top unit (right)

Set these aside.

 
Bed Ends
Take your ingredients from 3. Bed Ends (above).

Select you brown fabric strips. Fold them length-wise and sew across the short ends at the tops and bottoms. Fold right-side-out.

 

 

Carefully insert your wadding strips and press.

 



Set these aside.

 
Assembly:
Take your cushion front/background and position your top pocket 8″ from the bottom and 6 1/4″ from each side.

Flip downwards, pin and sew across the top edge. This will be the bottom edge of the pocket and is the yellow stripe in my example. [I’m sorry I’m sure I took a photo of this stage but it seems to have vanished!] Flip the pocket back up and pin, as shown, below.

Repeat this step with the lower pocket, aiming to slightly overlap the bottom of the top pocket.

 Align the raw edges of your bed ends with the raw edges of your pockets, pin and sew.

 

Tuck in the corners, as
shown.

Flip over the bed ends and pin.





Finally, sew down the open edge of the bed ends. There is quite a lot of thickness here so I’d recommend you either use a walking foot or hand sew these egdes. I decided to have a cup of tea and hand sew!

END OF PRINCESS AND PEA POCKET PART ONE

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