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Bandanna Seat Cushion


If you prefer a zigzag to a scallop edge, use pinking shears instead of the rotary cutter.


  • White felt
  • Rotary cutter with scalloped blade
  • 1 bandanna per pillow, Bandanna Hankie fabric;
  • Sewing machine and sewing supplies
  • 1 1/4-inch-thick batting
  • 15-inch square piece of linen
  • Embroidery floss


  1. Step 1

    Cut white felt: Using rotary cutter, make 3/4-inch-wide strips, 1 side straight, 1 side scalloped. (Cut enough for a total length of 60 inches; if you have shorter strips, you can stitch ends together.) Cut a 2 1/4-inch circle with scalloped edge.

  2. Step 2


    Trim bandanna to a 15-inch square. Cut 2 layers of batting into 14-inch squares.

  3. Step 3

    Straight side to straight side, lay felt strip around border of print side of bandanna, and baste around perimeter. At corners, be sure to pivot the felt (for the neatest results, snip a small V with sharp scissors almost down to the basting stitch.

  4. Step 4

    With right sides facing, pin bandanna and linen together, and sew 3 sides with a 1/2-inch seam allowance. Turn right side out, and press.

  5. Step 5

    Slide batting between the pieces of fabric, and hand-sew the fourth side.

  6. Step 6


    To make the tuft, place the scalloped felt circle in the center of the linen of the cushion. With embroidery floss, stitch several times, back and forth, through the cushion. Finish with a knot, and cut ends.

Martha Stewart Living, July 2011