• DIY Cushion Covers

    DIY Cushion Covers

     

    DIY cushion covers

     

    There’s nothing worse than decorating a room and not being able to find the right cushion cover to match your decor. I find it so frustrating! I decided to learn how to sew a few years ago and since then I’ve been making my own custom cushion covers. I made the cushion covers in the pictures above to cover the cushions I placed on my dining chairs. You’ll be pleased to know that these DIY cushion covers only take about 15 minutes to make and they are so easy!!  I created a short video to show you how to make these easy envelope cushion covers, and I’ve also included written instructions down below. (N.B. The dimensions of my cushions are 10 x 10 inches, but I’ve also included measurements for a 16 x 16 inch cushion; once you get the hang of making these covers you can adjust the measurements to suit any size of cushion). Trust, me once you start sewing, you won’t want to stop.

    Oh, and if you’re looking for fantastic sewing classes check out Sew Enjoyable run by the talented Nicky Vinti. I think she’s offering online classes at the moment due to the current COVID-19 pandemic. Nicky taught me how to make these cushion covers in my first sewing class; she made sewing so easy and I cannot sing her praises enough!

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    VIDEO



    N.B. For a better quality video watch it directly on YouTube, click here for the link to my channel & set the quality to 1080p.

     

     



     INSTRUCTIONS:



    For a 10 x 10 inch cushion:

    1. Cut a 27 x 11 inch rectangle from your fabric.

    2. On the wrong side of the fabric measure 8 inches from each end and mark the cloth on the top and bottom edge. Draw a vertical line in between these marks (the central section should be 11 x 11 inches).

    3. With the wrong side of the fabric facing up take one short end and make a 1/4 inch fold onto the wrong side of the fabric. Iron and then fold another 1/4 inch again. Iron and pin in place. Repeat on the other short end and then machine stitch.

    4. With the right side of the fabric facing up, fold along the 2 lines you made previously. Pin the sides together and sew around all the edges, i.e., 1 inch along the 2 open sides and the 2 folded sides. Be careful to have your needle down as you turn the corners.

    5. Snip off the corners near to the seam but don’t cut the thread. This will give you crisper corners when you turn it the right side out.

    6. Use a zig zag stitch around the raw edges to keep them neat (you don’t have to zig zag the folded sides).

    7. Turn your cushion cover right side out and ease the corners gently with a pair of scissors or a pin, so that they are as sharp as possible.

    8. Insert your cushion into your cushion cover.

     

    For a 16 x 16 inch cushion use the following dimensions:

    1. Cut a 40 x 17 inch rectangle from your fabric.

    2. On the wrong side of the fabric measure 12 inches from each and mark the cloth on the top and bottom edge. Draw a vertical line in between these marks (the central section should be 17 x 17 inches). Then continue with the instructions above from step 3.

     



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