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Now for each cushion you’ll need to cut two rectangles to form an envelope style back. The larger rectangle is cut from the back/front of the jumper, and the smaller one will come from one of the sleeves.

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First start with either the jumper front or back.

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Canada Goose Outlet Pin in place (or tack/baste of you prefer), as shown above. Canada Goose Outlet

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Place your crochet square on top, with wrong side uppermost.

Pin the crochet front in place leaving a half inch allowance all the way around the edge, stretching out the crochet a little if you need to (picture above).

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Make uk canada goose the stitching as neat and straight as you can, remembering to keep the crocheted edge about half an inch from the zigzagged jumper edge.

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