How to make Cushion Covers for Beginners

Posted by Mark 18/09/2014 0 Comment(s) Guides,

In this how to guide, we'll look at how to make cushion covers.

 

This is a very simple design and perfect for those new to sewing. We've photographed each step, along with a detailed description below it. You'll only need a metre of fabric for this one and you end up with 2 wonderful, yet simple scatter cushions for your home!

 

The finished cushions will be around 18″x18″, which will require just 1 metre of fabric. If you're unsure on what fabric type to choose, you can view our quick reference guide here.

 

If you’re buying ready-made fibre filled inserts, a good tip is to buy them 2" larger than the cushion size, so in this case 20" x 20" inserts. The extra two inches helps ensure the cushions don't look flat.

 

Finished scatter cushions and curtains

 

How to Make Cushion Covers -  What you'll Need

 

Tools needed for this guide

Yard stick
1 metre of furnishing fabric
Tape measure
Dressmaking scissors
Tailors chalk/pencils
Hand sewing needles (and or a sewing machine)
Pins
Cotton
20″ hollowfibre cushion insert

 

Fibre cushion filler

Don’t forget, the filler otherwise you’ll have a very flat cushion!

 

How to Make Cushion Covers -  Measuring & Cutting Out

 

Step 1

Fold fabric to approximately 49cm (19″), it’s important to ensure that the fabric is cut straight before doing so.

 

Step 2

Take a tape measure to centre and measure to 49cm (19″).

 

Step 3

Once you have done this you then need to cut along the top of the fabric. Next, fold the fabric over itself to the left and crease the centre.

 

Step 4

Once you have done this you then need to cut along the top of the fabric. Next, fold the fabric over itself to the left and crease the centre.

 

Step 5

Using the line as a guide, cut the fabric, the cut off piece to the left is waste. Next we need to cut down the central crease.

 

Step 6

You now have two cushion covers cut out ready for sewing.

 

The Fun Part - Sewing the Cushion Cover

Please note. The front or top of the cushion is the fold, so there is no sewing is required on that side.

Step 7

Place the cushion cover with the fold to your left and the back under the needle. Leave a gap around 5 inches and begin sewing down to the first corner.

 

Step 9

 

Step 10

Flip over the cushion cover (with the fold still your left) and repeat the above process but don’t forget to leave a good sized gap!

 

Step 11

This gap is a little too small, but don’t worry, we can unpick it to make it somewhat larger.

 

Step 12

Turn the cushion out and press it if it’s become heavily creased.

 

Step 13

Insert the filler, you can use loose fill fibre if you prefer.

 

Step 14

You can now sew up the gap, I have done it on a sewing machine.

 

Step 15

If you’re not comfortable doing this you can hand sew this with a straight stitch. That’s it, now repeat the sewing and filling steps and create the second cushion.

 

Step 16

That's it, the end result. Two lovely scatter cushions from just a metre of a fabric!

 

Now you know how to make cushion covers for beginners, why not move onto the next guide, which shows you how to make the matching curtains you see above? You can view that here.

 

Alternatively you check out guide, which expands on this one by adding a zip. You can view that here.

 

Prefer a professional finish? Feel free to browse our complete range of handmade cushion covers.

 

Leave a Comment

More from the Blog
Edmund Cartwright Brought Power to the Weaving Loom

Edmund Cartwright Brought Power to the Weaving Loom

Mark 18/04/2017 0
We don’t often spend a great deal of time learning about those who have invented machinery that helped to make the textile industry a lot more efficient, but some of these inventors have revolutionise...
Read More
Joseph Marie Jacquard – Inventor Of The Jacquard Weaving Loom

Joseph Marie Jacquard – Inventor Of The Jacquard Weaving Loom

Mark 29/06/2014 0
While many inventors can have a dramatic impact in a certain industry with the innovations that they develop, few have a huge impact in multiple areas. Even men like Alexander Graham Bell, the invento...
Read More
The History of the Automated Loom

The History of the Automated Loom

Mark 16/02/2017 1
An automatic loom, hand loom, or a frame is required to perform weaving wherein a fabric is created by interlacing warp (horizontal) and weft (vertical) yarns when they are perpendicular to each other...
Read More
Fabric / Textile Composition Abbreviations Chart

Fabric / Textile Composition Abbreviations Chart

Mark 09/08/2014 0
Upholstery & Curtain fabric manufacturers often use abbreviations to represent certain compositions. Below you can find a selection of these abbreviations and their English translations that we’ve fou...
Read More
How to Select the Right Material for Cushion Covers

How to Select the Right Material for Cushion Covers

Mark 18/02/2017 2
At Selby Soft Furnishings, many of our cushion covers are meticulously created from our wide range of upholstery & furnishing fabrics, which you can purchase from us should you wish to create your own...
Read More
How to make Cushion Covers for Beginners

How to make Cushion Covers for Beginners

Mark 18/09/2014 0
In this how to guide, we'll look at how to make cushion covers. This is a very simple design and perfect for those new to sewing. We've photographed each step, along with a detailed description below ...
Read More
The Development of Jacquard Weaving and Fabric

The Development of Jacquard Weaving and Fabric

Mark 28/01/2017 0
Jacquard fabric, since its invention, is named so due to the style of weaving that forms it. The style is known as Jacquard weaving, which enables almost any loom to hoist self-reliant warp (vertical)...
Read More
The Development of Chenille Weaving and Fabric

The Development of Chenille Weaving and Fabric

Mark 02/02/2017 1
‘Chenille’ is the French word standing for ‘caterpillar’. The name exactly describes the fabric, as it is fuzzy, soft, and feathery. The chenille type yarn is fairly modern, with the origins dating to...
Read More
Flame Retardant Fabric: British Standards For Upholstery & Curtain Fabric

Flame Retardant Fabric: British Standards For Upholstery & Curtain Fabric

Mark 24/07/2014 0
Flame retardant standards in the United Kingdom and Europe apply to domestic and contract fabrics. These materials appear within upholstery and curtain fabrics used domestically or through contracted ...
Read More
How to Make Curtains for Beginners

How to Make Curtains for Beginners

Mark 17/10/2014 1
In this how to guide, we'll look at how to make curtains for beginners. In the last guide, we showed you how to make cushion covers for beginners, now we're going to move on to creating the matching c...
Read More
The Development of Linen Weaving and Fabric

The Development of Linen Weaving and Fabric

Mark 17/01/2017 0
In the early days of civilization, garments were not so alluring. Fabric as what we recognise today did not exist in those days. Thus, clothing in that time was heavy and quite gross. However, in no t...
Read More
The Development of Cotton Weaving and Fabric

The Development of Cotton Weaving and Fabric

Mark 22/01/2017 0
Cotton grows in several places on the planet but it has been familiar, cultivated, and used by different communities across the globe for centuries. It is known that cotton is one of the ancient fabri...
Read More