A Guide to Cushion Covers from an Orphan Block

This tutorial is all about how to easily make a cushion cover from an orphan block. What is an orphan block you might ask? Swipe on!

What is an orphan block?

When a quilt block is sewn together (called piecing a block) but it doesn’t make it into an actual quilt it gets called an ‘orphan block’. Most quilters have at least a few of these lying around.

In my recent purchase, there were two blocks – blue and red ones with teddy bears on them – that didn’t quite fit with any of the others. So I decided to make them into cushions for my sons.

Buying Orphan Blocks

I came up with two methods for sewing my zippers depending on how far or near the zipper teeth I want to stitch.

Zipper Hacks

I used strips of denim fabric remnants that I also bought on eBay for the back. The stars were already on the fabric!

Denim Remnants for the Cushion Back

I pieced the strips together until they were the size I needed for my cushion back.

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A Guide to Cushion Covers from an Orphan Block – Video