In this how to step by step tutorial, we're going to take a look at how to make cushion covers for the absolute beginner. Cushions (or pillows if you're from the US) are a cheap and fantastic way to improve the comfort of your home, as well as improve your home decor!
This rectangular design is one of the simplest design for a cushion and is perfect for those new to sewing and crafting. We've photographed each step, along with a detailed description below it. You'll only need a metre of fabric for this guide and you end up with 2 wonderful, yet simple scatter cushions for your home!
The finished cushions will be around 18″x18″ (18 inch square), and 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 cushion inserts, a good tip is to buy them 2 inches larger than the cushion size, so in this case 20 inch inserts. The extra two inches helps ensure the cushions don't look flat.
Make sure you don’t forget the filler, otherwise you’ll have a very flat cushion!
Fold the material to approximately 49cm (19″), it’s very important to ensure that the fabric is cut straight before doing this, so if the fabric isn't straight, make sure to cut it straight now.
Take a tape measure to the centre and measure to 49cm (19″). The extra inch is needed so don't be tempted to measure to 18".
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 as shown.
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.
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.
You now have two cushion covers cut out ready for sewing.
Please note. The front or top of the cushion is the fold, so there is no sewing is required on that side.
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.
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!
This gap is a little too small, but don’t worry, we can unpick it to make it somewhat larger.
Turn the cushion out and press it if it’s become heavily creased.
Insert the filler, you can use loose fill fibre if you prefer.
You can now sew up the gap, I have done it on a sewing machine.
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.
That's it, the end result. Two lovely scatter cushions from just a metre of a fabric!
Now you know how to make a cushion cover, 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.