The first post in the new year 2020 (to me that sounds like the far future). Today we will make a highly decorative application of origami: the cushion fold.
They are more often used with pin-cushions, but look great on a couch as well.
Origami-wise it is mostly known as a blintz, i.e. folding all corners to the centre. Or in this case, a double blintz, i.e. blintz, turn over, blintz again. That is basically a fortune teller which we have all met in the kindergarten. The only unusual thing is that we start from a circle for the cushion fold.
For sewing the cushion we need more materials and tools than usual in origami, but it really isn’t difficult. Only straight standard stitches and three button holes are needed. The recipe:
A square cushion. 40 cm x 40 cm. One side and the four corners will be visible.
Two pieces of fabric with a matching pattern. Two times the cushion width plus seam allowance. 83 cm total in both directions.
Matching sewing thread.
A matching button.
Optional: Vliesofix 80 cm x 80 cm. This is a thin material with glue on both sides, used to stabilise the two layers of fabric. Melted on the fabric using an iron.