Spruce up Your Living Room with These Elegant Cushion covers

A cushion covers is a quick and easy way to perk up your home. You can create cushion covers out of an old t-shirt or pillowcase in no time. 

Just follow our simple step-by-step instructions below to make cushion covers that are stylish, functional and comfortable.

Tools: 

Scissors, ruler, sewing machine (optional)

Materials: 

Fabric remnants (pillowcases, t-shirts etc.), batting, masking tape or pins; heavy duty thread; buttons; stuffing; matching thread 

Note: Batting is available at most fabric stores. It’s great for making cushions because it comes in various thicknesses and adds dimension to the cushion cover. If you don’t want to use batting or can’t find it, you can always substitute cushion padding which is sold at most fabric stores.

Method:

Cut the cushion cover or furniture cover material so that there are two pieces of equal size. The cushion back should be slightly larger than the cushion front so there’s room for the cushion to fill out the case without bunching. If you have a square cushion, cut 2 square pieces of fabric and 4 matching long strips.

Fold over 1 edge of one piece by 1/2″and press with an iron, creating a finished edge around the whole piece. Find the centre point on this folded edge and mark it with a pin or masking tape (see picture below). Fold down another 3/4″ along this same edge to mark the cushion depth. Cut along this line, creating a flap that will embed into the cushion cover (see picture below).

Add batting into cushion if using cushion padding skip to step 6. Lay out your cushion front into cushion back right side up (the seams should be facing down) and fold over 1″ of fabric on two corners. Pin both flaps in place with the raw edges even. Sew along these folded edges about 3/8″ in from edge (you can sew all four edges but it’s not necessary). This is where you want to insert the button holes for easy closure later. Leave an opening just big enough to fit your hand for turning cushion cover inside out later. Turn cushion cover right side out through one of the openings.

Push cushion cover inside out through the opening you left in step 5, then turn cushion cover right side out again to complete the cushion cover. Press all four corners so they are square and not rounded. Add cushion batting into cushion by inserting your hand into the opening you left in step 5 and pushing the cushion down towards the corner flaps until it’s all pushed inside completely. Fold flap down over cushion making sure it lines up with original folded edge created in step 3. Pin flap in place along edges of cushion to keep it flat while you sew around all four sides of open end using a 1/4″ seam allowance (see picture below). Backstitch at start and finish to secure seams. Trim off excess fabric from corners.

Cut two pieces of cushion cover material about 7″ by 9″. Fold in 1/2″ along both short edges and press with an iron to create a finished edge. Pin these folded edges together and sew along both edges using a 1/4″ seam allowance (see picture below). Trim excess fabric at corners, then turn cushion cover right side out through one of the openings. Push cushion cover inside out through the opening you left open in step 6, then turn cushion cover right side out again to complete cushion cover. Push down until it’s all pushed inside completely. Fold flap over cushion making sure it lines up with original folded edge created in step 3. Pin flap in place along edges of cushion to keep it flat while you sew around all four sides of open end using a 1/4″ seam allowance. Backstitch at start and finish to secure seams.

Cut two pieces of cushion cover material about 7″ by 9″. Fold in 1/2″ along both short edges and press with an iron to create a finished edge. Pin these folded edges together and sew along both edges using a 1/4″ seam allowance (see picture below). Trim excess fabric at corners, then turn cushion cover right side out through one of the openings. Push cushion cover inside out through the opening you left open in step 6, then turn cushion cover right side out again to complete cushion cover. Push down until it’s all pushed inside completely. 

Conclusion:

Sew cushion front to cushion back around three of the sides with right sides together then flip cushion cover inside out and push through opening you left in step 6. Sew fourth side closed using a 1/4″ seam allowance. This will make the cushion cover reversible.

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