The back of the cushion cover was started as a normal granny square.
I did 9 rounds of triple htc (hdc) clusters, with no chain in between and two clusters in the corner with one chain in between.
I then changed colour to the green. I did one round of 2 htc (hdc) clusters between each of the previous clusters with two clusters in the corner with one chain in between.
The next row was pink again and I did 3 htc (hdc) in between each previous cluster on this row I did clusters of two instead of three in the corners with one chain in between.
The next row was blue and again it was clusters of 2 htc (hdc) in each space between previous clusters.
I then kept going and each row was 2 htc (hdc) clusters.
I kept measuring it against the front until - with a little stretching - it matched the size.
I ended up with 25 rows.
The front of the cushion was seven rows of seven squares.
To join the two sides start in one corner go through both stitches and put two dc (sc) clusters with one chain in between then continue along with one dc (sc) in each stitch round the cushion.
As I work along I keep checking that I am on target to ensure the two ends match up.
Once I have got round the last corner I continue a few inches - in this instance it is about the width of one of the squares.
Then i continue along with the dc (sc) on one side only.
As I reached the other side I left the same space from the end and I start to go through both sides again to complete the closure.
Join with a slip stitch into the first stitch in the corner. You have an open envelope with dc (sc) on one side.
Continue round again with dc (sc) in each stitch.
Now to create a little flap to stop the annoying gaping that can occur on cushion covers.
Join by going through the htc (hdc) cluster below the two rounds of dc (sc) then into the next stitch (the space between the clusters where the last orange dc (sc) is ) make a dc (sc) and then into the top of the stitches - through both loops - make dc (sc) all along.
There, you have completed the joining of the two halves all ready to sew buttons on.
Put the cushion pad in.
Right, next step is to choose your buttons. As these are tiny little squares I needed tiny little buttons. I should confess that although these buttons worked they were a tad too small. I was impatient to get the cushion cover finished though. These were 6mm and I would say that 10mm would work better.
The first thing to do is to weave your ends in. I go down the side of the flap and then across and back again before cutting the end.
I use a pin to work out where the position of the first button should be. It needs to go through the space between clusters.
Then secure the pin in position to mark it and carry on to place the others.
Start to sew on the buttons. I keep the cushion pad in whilst I do this and close the buttons as I go to ensure a good placement and fit.
I used eight buttons.
Here is one I made a couple of years ago using King cole bamboo and little wooden buttons. This was made with
regular treble clusters.
So there you have it :)
A simple little flap that means the buttons are secure and there is no gaping when the cushion is in use.
I used Patons smoothie and approx 60 gms mint, 25gms lime, 30gms pink, 30 gms blue, 35gms purple, 50 gms orange, 25gms red. Plenty left over to make a co-ordinating cushion maybe :)