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Comfy Baseball Stadium Cushion

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Materials
  • Note: materials used will vary depending on the size of the stadium seat you make. Adjust the materials list accordingly. Also, choose team colors and coordinate the fabrics.
  • Folding Stadium Seat
  • White cotton to embroider designs
  • Red fabric for flange
  • Blue fabric for borders and binding
  • Baseball themed fabric for backing
  • ½” craft foam (or batting if preferred)
  • Embroidery thread in your color choice
  • Cutaway stabilizer
  • Sewing thread
  • Machine needle for sewing through foam (I used 14, sharp)

  • Designs used in this project

    Final Product: What You Will Create


    Step 1:
    Read through the instructions thoroughly before beginning and assemble all the materials needed to complete the project. The foam may be purchased at a local fabric store Do test your machine’s ability to handle sewing through the foam. Some tips: decrease the presser foot pressure, use a larger needle, and a walking foot may help. Before purchasing the fabric, measure the stadium seat.

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    Step 2:
    A stadium seat is not necessary, but certainly makes watching the game more comfortable. This one was found on Amazon—also check your local sporting goods store. This one has a pocket at the back and folds up neatly and securely. Measure the length and width of the stadium seat.

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    Step 3:
    Either sketch out or in embroidery software, design the layout using the designs from the pack you wish to use. This is the layout I chose, then added ½” seam allowances

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    Step 4:
    Stitch the designs in the chosen thread color and then measure and cut them to size, including the seam allowances. For this project the designs were cut 6” wide and 5” high.

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    Step 5:
    Baseball themed fabrics were then cut the same size, 6” wide and 5” high, to form the patchwork. Lay the fabrics out as designed in step 2.

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    Step 6:
    Sew the patchwork together. Sew the left and middle sections together and press the seams toward the printed fabric. Sew the right fabrics to the middle, pressing the seams toward the printed fabric.

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    Step 7:
    Now join the rows together. Sew the top to the middle row, carefully match the intersecting seams. Lastly, sew the bottom row to the middle row.

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    Step 8:
    Check the size adjusting any measurements if needed.

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    Step 9:
    I chose to add a flange between the patchwork and borders. Measure and cut 1” strips of the red fabric. Fold and press the strips lengthwise. Pin the flanges in place around the outside edges of the patchwork.

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    Step 10:
    Use a ¼” seam to sew on the flange pieces. Next, measure and cut the border pieces out of the blue fabric These were cut 3” wide by the length needed.

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    Step 11:
    Sew the borders on. Use the flange stitching line as a guide for sewing on the borders so that the flange stays very even all the way around the patchwork.

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    Step 12:
    Cut a piece of foam about an inch larger all the way around than the patchwork. Lightly spray basting spray on the foam.

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    Step 13:
    Smooth the fabric over the foam, and baste along the borders securing the patchwork to the foam; trim the foam even with the edge of the border. At this point to be sure the border remained consistent, I used tailor’s chalk and marked the finished edge of the border 2” from the flange seam line on the right side of the border. The backing fabric (baseball fabric) was cut a little larger than needed and the wrong side placed against the other side of the foam, spray basting it as well. All the layers were pinned together with the pins along the marked edge.

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    Step 14:
    I used an elongated stitch and stitched about ¼” away from the mark, using the edge of the presser foot as a guide. This is where a walking foot may help.

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    Step 15:
    Next, a little quilting was done to secure all the layers together. I just did diagonal quilting through the printed fabric, creating an “X” in each. Trim away the excess backing fabric.

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    Step 16:
    Measure around the project and cut the blue fabric binding. For this project, the binding was cut 2.5” wide, adding about 10” extra to the total needed. Join the number of strips needed, fold in half lengthwise and press. Attach the binding to the back of the piece, mitering the corners and joining the ends as preferred. Roll the binding to the right side, mitering the corners, and pin or clip the binding in place and stitch it down.

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    Step 17:
    Congratulations! You now have a cushion for your added comfort at the game.

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    Meet The Author: Ramona Baird
    Ramona Baird has been in the embroidery industry for over 23 years. She and her husband owned a commercial and retail embroidery store in Arizona for many years. She is an experienced digitizer having been mentored by award-winners Pat Williams and Lindee Goodall. Ramona is a contributor to “Creative Machine Embroidery” magazine having 5 covers to her credit. Ramona has worked for Wilcom America and served many years as Education Director for the American Sewing Guild. With a degree in fashion design, she is able to design and execute patterns which Pat Williams says are “out of the box” in creativity and application. Ramona likes to challenge the boundaries of embroidery and bring new and exciting designs, ideas, and projects to EmbroideryDesigns.com. She wants embroiderers of all levels to increase their skills and enjoyment in using their embroidery machine for gift-making and personal pleasure.

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