Have you got some tired cushions that are in desperate need of a make-over? New cushion covers are an inexpensive way to update your living room and to add a touch of color and warmth to a comfortable couch. This tutorial will show you how to make cushion covers in an envelope styles in 10 minutes with just one simple piece of fabric.
What you will need
- Fabric – Choose a decorator fabric or quilting cotton.
- Your cushion insert – These are available from most homeware and haberdashery stores in a variety of sizes.
- The Basics: Ruler, scissors, pins, thread. (Read beginners sewing kit on a budget.)
How to Make Cushion Covers
Measure your pillow insert’s dimensions. Make sure you are measuring around the curve of your pillow and not just the finished width.
Cut your fabric in a rectangle with the following dimensions. Use a rotary cutter and mat if you have one to get nice straight edges.
- Height – Add 1 inch to the height for the seam allowance.
- Width – Multiply the width x 2 (for the back and front) and then add 6 inches (15.2cm) for the overlap.
This will give a finished cushion cover the same size as your insert. If you like a tight cover then reduce the height by 1 inch (2.5cm)
Here is a fabric cutting guide for some common pillow insert sizes
|PILLOW SIZE||14 INCH (35.5CM)||16 INCH (40.6CM)||18 INCH (45.7CM)||20 INCH (50.8CM)|
|HEIGHT||15” (38CM)||17” (43.1CM)||19” (48.2CM)||21” (53.3CM)|
|WIDTH||34” (86.3CM)||38” (96.5CM)||42” (106.6CM)||46” (116.8CM))|
With your fabric WRONG side up, press over the shorter ends by 1/4 inch (6mm). Press them over again by 3/4 inch (2cm). Stitch across the hems.
With the fabric RIGHT sides together, fold in the left and right hemmed edges so they overlap by 4 inches (10cm). Try and get the overlap centered. Mine could have been a little more to the left. You can double check the width of the cover. It should be the same width as your insert.
Pin the overlap in place and pin the upper and lower raw edges.
Stitch across the upper and lower raw edges with a 1/2 inch (12mm) seam allowance. If you are using a fabric that frays you finish the stitched edges with a zig-zag stitch or serger. Clip the corners.
Turn your cushion cover the RIGHT way out and give it a good press.
Hooray! All finished and ready for your insert. How long did that take you? Mine took around 10 minutes including the cutting. I think I shall make some more!
Design ideas for your new cushion covers
- Add pom poms to the corners (Read how to make pom poms)
- Add yarn tassels (Read how to make tassels)
- Personalize your cushion cover with an embroidered name.
- Sew sequins on your DIY cushion cover (Read how to sew sequins)
PIN IMAGE FOR LATER 🙂