Soft Furnishings (beginners)
Folded Log Cabin
By Cherry Vernon-Harcourt
This simple cushion made by Cherry Vernon-Harcourt looks striking in plain or patterned fabrics and is quick and easy to make
- Assorted fabrics at least 20cm long for strips
- 40cm for back and borders
- 25cm of foundation fabric (gridded Vilene or checks)
- 35cm cushion pad
To fit 35cm cushion pad
The materials used in this project are available at all good quilt shops
- Cut an 8in square of backing fabric. Checked fabric or Vilene marked
with squares are good for accurate stitching. Fold the square in half diagonally
and press or mark the diagonal lines to find the centre.
- Cut light and dark fabric strips 2 1⁄2in wide and press in half lengthways. Cut a 4in square for the centre.
- To complete the first round, place the centre square on the centre of the foundation
square and pin centrally to hold in place. Cut a light strip of folded fabric the
length of one side of the centre square. Open out the folded strip and mark a line
1⁄2in from the raw edge.
- Place the folded strip on the centre square with raw edges
to raw edges. Open out the folded strip and stitch, by hand or machine, along the
drawn line start and finish two or three stitches either side of the strip. Fold
back the strip along the fold line.
- Continue as a traditional log cabin block with
one more light and then two dark strips to complete the square. Keep working in
the same direction clockwise or anti-clockwise each time you add a strip or you
won’t end up with a square.
- For the second round, again cut a folded light colour
strip the width of the new centre square (with the first round added). Open out
the strip, mark a line this time 3⁄4in from the raw edge again on the WS. Place
the folded strip with the fold 1⁄2in below the first round folded strip. Open out
the folded strip and stitch on the drawn line. Continue to complete the round as
- Work the third round in the same way as the second round. For the final
round cut a 2 1⁄2in strip, but instead of folding this, press it flat. Mark the 3⁄4in
line on the WS. Place this on the square, raw edge to raw edge. Stitch across the
line and press the fabric without a fold to the outside of the block.
- Square up
the finished block to 6 1⁄2in. Make three more using light and dark fabrics in the
- Take the four squares and lay them out. Try with all the light sides together in the
middle and then with the dark to see which you prefer. If you have a digital camera, you
may find it useful to take a photograph to refer to later.
- Sew into pairs and then into one piece and press well. There is no quilting
needed with this technique.
- Cut 2 1⁄2in strips and sew to the block edges to create the border. Make a cushion back
using your favourite method.
- A simple slip cover is quick and easy but adding a zip or Velcro fastenings makes
a more professional finish.
- If you want your cushion to be a different size you can add more borders matching
the fabric to the colours on the outside of the cushion edges. Alternatively you can cut larger
foundation squares to start with and add more rounds or use wider folded strips
First published in Popular Patchwork Volume 14 Number 4 - April 2006