You will need:
5 2x4" scraps for the tags
4 1x5" pieces for the in between strips
2 2x5" pieces for the start and finish strips
1 5 x5" square for the back
heavy filling - rice, couscous etc.
1. Fold the 5 tag scraps in half lengthwise, right side together. Sew across the short ends.
2. Turn the tags right side out and press.
3. Take the start piece and lay a tag, centred, along the bottom edge, lay an inbetween strip over that, matching up the ends, pin and sew along the bottom edge, 1/4 inch seam of course!
4, Finger press the inbetween strip down, so you can see that the first tag has been neatly stitched inbetween the first and second strip.
5. Now lay the second tag, just as you did the first, and cover with the next inbetween strip. Sew along the bottom edge.
6, Repeat this until all 5 tags have been stitched in place, and the last piece is the last 2x5 strip. When you flip it over, it should look something like this underneath. I didn't press it with an iron, mostly because I didn't have it near, but I think finger pressing keeps some 'spring' in the fabric, which is good because you want the tags to stand up when the cushion is complete.
7. Place the top and bottom pieces, right sides together and sew around 3 and a half sides, leaving a largish space for turning. Turn inside out. Fill with something heavy, not too full, whipstitch the opening closed and you're done!
I can't wait to use my Wonder Cushion for my next binding session. If you make one of your own let me know!
Make and give away as many as you like, but please don't make them for commercial use. Thank you!