Choose fabric in different colours and patterns that you like. We used nine different fabrics we thought went well together.
Cut out a piece of fabric with five sides and sew on new pieces at random. Place each new piece of fabric with the pattern down, edge to edge, and use a sewing machine to sew a single seam along the edge. Fold up the fabric and press with an iron before you sew the next piece of fabric.
Continue to piece the fabric together until your patchwork cloth is sufficiently large to cut out a 50 x 50 cm square.
Embroider different decorative stitching with embroidery thread along the front edges of the patchwork cloth.
Cut out another 50 x 50 cm square of fabric. Place your patchwork cloth and the fabric edge to edge and sew along the edge but leave an opening of 25 cm. Turn your cushion cover inside out and stuff with a filler cushion. Hand stitch the opening together with a needle and thread. Alternatively, sew a zip fastener into the gap.
Beloved pieced work! Or patchwork as it is better known. But instead of measuring and cutting exact squares you can patch different bits of fabric together any old how. Give your handiwork free rein and see what sort of patchwork cushion you come up with. If you have any fabric remnants from other sewing projects, this is a great way to get stash-busting and reuse those scraps.