Cathedral window cushion tutorial: “Golden light”

To make this cathedral window cushion, you will no longer work with squares of fabric. You cut the original shape with a template and then fold twice to get a triangular unit that forms the block. This variation adds differents shapes of windows to the design.

cathedral window cushion tutorial


This is the classic method to make cathedral window technique. Make the units folding the piece of fabric twice.

Then line up the units and make the window frame. You can sew it by machine or by hand.

Check the Cathedral window quilt course: triangular units for a step-by-step tutorial to make the units. There you will also find the templates for the units and the windows to free download them.

cathedral window cushion detail


2 1/2 yards of light yellow cotton for the base and the back (42” width)
1/8 yard of light blue or teal cotton for the windows
1/8 yard of gold cotton for the windows
1/4 yard of gold and light blue printed cotton for the inserts.

1 piece of muslin 19″ x 21″

Size: 18″ x 20″

These are the units you need to make the cathedral window cushion. The next scheme will help you place every unit in its correct place.


Make 32 triangular units and place the printed light blue insert. Join two units with the fronts facing and sew by hand or align them and sew by machine with a zigzag stitch. The corners of the window frames must match. Make four rows of eight units.

Remember you will find all the templates and the instructions to make and join the units here: Cathedral window quilt course: triangular units.

Join and sew the rows following the scheme. Trim the units to get the size of the cathedral window cushion.


Cut the windows with the templates and place them over the base.

Secure all the layers of fabric with pins and start applying the windows. Check the “Applying the windows” section for a step-by-step explanation.

The scheme will guide you to find the place of every window.
Trim the work by the lines shown in the previous scheme.

Finishing the cushion

Cut one piece of muslin, the same size as the cushion.

Place the front part of the cathedral window cushion onto it. Cut two pieces of muslin for the back of the cushion, like in the scheme. Fold and sew the border that will be the opening. Place them over the front part, right sides together. Sew all around. Turn right side out and fill with your preferred stuffing material. You could add some buttons.

golden light cathedral window cushion tutorial

If you prefer to have all the info ready to download on your device I offer you this PDF on Etsy. You will find clear step-by-step instructions, templates, and photos in one place. (NOTE: All the material I include in this PDF, can find it here for free in the blog!) You’ll learn how to make this unique project easy and fun! Check the content!

1-Getting started
Introduction to the cathedral window technique
History overview
Three basic methods description
Which one is the best and for what
2-Units and blocks
Practice with muslin
How to make the units
How to make the block
Video tutorial

3-The project
Materials – Size
Base construction (units and blocks)
Applying the windows
4-Useful tools
How to use the templates
How to deal with seams
How to apply the windows
How to choose the best fabrics
How to choose the color palette


“Golden light” cathedral window cushion. PDF patterns and tutorial.

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Cathedral window quilt pattern the window way

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