Cushion Cover from an Orphan Block

This tutorial is all about how to easily make a cushion cover from an orphan block.

I  started buying other people’s unfinished quilt blocks. 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’.

Buying Orphan Blocks

Most quilters have at least a few of these lying around. This is often because quilters make test blocks for patterns to see if they like fabric combinations or test a technique.


I have really tried to follow the instructions I have seen for sewing straight zippers but they never quite resulted in a straight line for me!

Zipper Hacks

I came up with two methods for sewing my zippers that involve lining my foot up against different parts of my project depending on how far or near the zipper teeth I want to stitch.

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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