A fruit cushion is any type of cushion or pillow that looks like a piece of fruit. These pillows are fun to make because the shapes are somewhat freeform, which allows you to use up old scraps of fabrics in a way that is cheerful and friendly. You can make any type of fruit simply by forming the pillow in the basic shape and colour of the fruit type you want. If you have a lot of scrap fabric, you may end up with enough different fruits to position them in a woven laundry basket in the corner of the family room. Children and guests will love them and they are so easy to make that you can give them away as small presents.
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Things you need
- Red fabric
- Sewing machine
- Needle and thread
- Green fabric
- Fabric glue
- White felt
Pick a fabric that is mostly red. Fold 1 and 1/2 yards face sides together. (You can use a smaller amount.)
Draw a strawberry shape on the fabric. This is basically a large rounded top that tapers to a smaller rounded end. It is cone shaped. Use a strawberry for reference. Measure the width of your strawberry at its widest point and set aside this measurement for later.
Sew around the outside edge of the strawberry shape leaving 6 inches open at the top. Turn the fabric right sides out and stuff the pillow with polyfill. Insert enough stuffing for a nice plump shape but not too full since you want to gather the top of the fabric at the opening. When you wrap your hand around the fabric you want 2 inches of stem and the rest is plump berry. Sew through the base of the stem with needle and thread and wrap the thread around the stem, sewing through several times to make it secure. Your berry should now be more rounded and plump.
Position 1/2 yard of mostly green fabric face sides together. When possible use a no-fray fabric like T-shirt material or fleece. Take your strawberry width measurement from step 2 and mark this as your maximum width. Draw a curve that reaches from one width measurement to the other. This is the top of the strawberry. Add a stem centred in the top of the curve. The bottom edge should look like three leaves. Cut out your strawberry tops.
Sew the curve, around the stem and down the other side of the curve with the fabric face sides together leaving the bottom leaf edge open. Turn the strawberry top right side out. Slide the bottom of your berry into the top so that the gathered top of the berry fits into the stem section. The leafs should fan out around the top of the berry. Lift the edges of the leafs, apply a bead of fabric glue and glue the top and bottom together.
Cut round circles out of white felt and glue the white circles to the red part of the berry.
Finish your berry by stitching the green top to the red berry using green thread and a needle. Thread your needle. Fold 1/4 inch of the edge of the leafs under and sew a cross over stitch every 1/8 to 1/4 inch where the leaf and berry touch. This will add a nice detail and make the pillow stronger.
Tips and warnings
- Most fruits can be made by following the basic shape of the fruit and adding details that suggest that particular fruit. For a banana use yellow based fabric and a banana shape. You might even want to peel a strip of the banana. Grapes are a cluster of pillow balls and one brown stem to attach them to.
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