The One With A Cushion Cover Tutorial

I made a cushion cover today. Actually, I made two but that’s neither here or there. The important thing was that I took photos while I did. So that means… Tutorial Time! Yes, yes, calm down. I know that deep down you want to do backflips in excitement but please try to restrain yourself (if you really can do backflips, please let me know! Because that’s kind of awesome!)

As I was saying, Tutorial Time! Let’s begin.


1/2 metre of fabric for each cover- I had already quilted the top, so the fabric is for the lining and backing.

16 inch zip

Any other embellishments that you may want. I crocheted a rather long chain and then hand stitched it to the case to do the writing.


Step 1 – Decide if you want to make a top for the cushion cover, or get some interesting material as a feature or if you just want a plain cushion.

Step 2 – Cut the fabric to 17 inches (43cm) square. That was the size of my tops, so that’s what I went with. (I Googled it, the average size of cushions are either 40cm square or 50cm square. By the time you take away seams, the pillow will end up 40cm.) Place the lining and cushion top together with the right sides facing out and overlock or zig zag along one edge. Overlock one edge of the backing piece as well. I did along the bottom edge so the zip wouldn’t be as visible.


Step 3 – Very carefully fold over the overlocked edge and pin it to the zip. Sew. Stare in consternation at the puckering along the seam. Unpick. Try again, this time ironing the fold. Stare in absolute astonishment at the same puckering. Give up and try to read a book. Get a brain wave half a page through, jump up in excitement and hurry to make a coffee to aid the brain activity that’s currently happening. Take the coffee made in your favourite coffee mug back to the sewing table and sit down. Or, if you’d rather, skip straight to     Step 4.



How not to do a zip



Step 4 – Place the zip upside down on the right side over the overlocked edge and pin. Sew along the middle of the zip, making sure that none of the overlocking will show. Cheer in triumph at the beautiful, pucker-free seam. Do the same for the other piece.


End of Step 4, the two pieces joined by the zip



Step 5 – The two pieces are now joined by the zip. Lay them right sides together and pin all around the edges, taking care that they line up right. Normaly quilts are done in 5mm seams, while dress making is 15mm seams. I compromised and did 10mm seams. Sew all the way around the 3 edges. Make sure that you fold the zip down and sew right from the top of the zip at both sides, as it help the seam to sit nicely.


Sewn and overlocked

Step 6 – Turn it out the right way and voila! A cushion . Repeat from the beginning (omitting step 3 if you want) for the other case.



Now you have two lovely cushion covers to liven up your home and provide an awesome reason to curl up on the lounge and cuddle. Because you have to test their squishiness, don’t you?




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