Rainbow All-Sort {Tutorial}

A couple of weeks ago I showed you my Liquorice All Sort Cushion. HERE is the post if you’d like to go and have a look.

Well I’ve been at it again, and made another variation of the cushion. I have to admit that I may be slightly addicted to making them. Working with all of this colour makes me very very happy.

I’ve called this one my Rainbow All-Sort Cushion.


Rainbow All-Sort by Samelia's Mum


Isn’t it funny how re-arranging the blocks can make the end product look so different?

To make this cushion, I’ve made 4 x 8.25” string blocks.

To make my string blocks, I’ve cut 4 squares of printer paper measuring 8.25” square.

Place the black strip across the diagonal and use a tiny dot of fabric glue to hold it in place.

Then it’s time to add the strips. Take the first strip and place it down over the black strip, right sides facing and the edges aligned.

Make sure the strip is going to be long enough (that it will go over the edges of the paper).

Reduce the stitch length on your sewing machine to around 0.8 – 1.0. This will make for easier paper removal at the end. Trust me! You don’t want to sit there with tweezers trying to remove paper when it’s done.

Sew through the 3 layers with a 1/4” seam.

Flip over the coloured strip and press. Take your next coloured strip and repeat. Continue to the end of the square of paper. Flip it over and do the other side.




Trim the fabric by cutting around the paper. Then remove the paper.




Make 4 of these blocks and then arrange how you please to make your cushion top.

I used a thin poly batting and hand quilted my cushion top with silver/grey perle 8 cotton. I love the texture of the cushion top.


Rainbow All-Sort 2 by Samelia's Mum


I found some more bright fabric for the back.

A Fat Quarter is the perfect size for the back.

Layer it with some batting and quilt it. I quilted mine with straight lines approximately 1” apart.


Rainbow All-Sort 3 By Samelia's Mum


I’ve made Rainbow All-Sort and envelope style cushion. Zippers scare me.

Have a go at making one of these cushions… they’re fun to make. If you have any questions, please leave me a comment. I’ll try an answer them here on my blog.

If you do make one, I’d love to see some pictures. Add them to my Samelia’s Mum Flickr group HERE.


I think later in the year, an all-sort cushion swap might be fun.

What do you think?


  1. Love this pillow...the bright colors and backing fabric are great!!! TFS

  2. Replies
    1. Fantastic! I'll see if there is any interest in the swap idea.

  3. Nicely Done! Love the solids!

  4. Love the pillow. I think a swap would be great.

  5. Love it and the swap sounds like fun

  6. This is gorgeous! Thanks for the tute, definitely going to give it a try :-)

  7. Thank you so much for this tutorial. I am going to make four of these to replace all my jumbled cushions! Janine :)

  8. adorable cushiion!! love the bright colors

  9. Wonderful colors in your cushion

  10. I love it, It wil have to go on my list of things to make with those smaller lengths of bright fabrics... Thanks for the tutorial Anorina.

  11. susanlitle51@lilve.com3/20/12, 1:49 AM

    You are so great to give tutorials to us and patterns. there are so many quilters that offer info but you have to pay for it, and if you have personal problems like I do ( a disease) then we have no funds to pay for programs that have dvds for instruction. I live on $100.00 a week. I cant afford those classes.So thank you again.
    Susan Litle

  12. So fun! Thanks for sharing!

  13. This is such a neat way of quilting! Hopefully I can share mine soon. Thank you for the tutorial.

  14. Really gorgeous! So...I have a silly question as I am new to quilting. Why do you sew the strips to paper? Couldn't you just sew them to each other without the paper?

  15. Wow its beautiful and bright and the part where you explained how to stich fabrics of different colors together was awesome. Loved the idea!!

  16. love the pillow - I am addicted to string quilts! I made one for a granddaughter and she pointed out all her dress fabrics in it - what a trip down memory lane for a teen and grandma. The pillows will let me use up the last stray string squares - try using them for both sides of the pillow too.

  17. alovely cushion a swap woyld be fun

  18. it's simply stunning! love the quilting.

  19. I love the stitching on this! A GREAT pillow

  20. Love the pattern for your cushion, thanks for sharing this lovely idea


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