With the right custom cushion covers, you can brighten up your living space. There are simple envelope style and basket style cushion covers. You don’t need any fuss or zips.
Some sewing projects could seem to be more advanced. They are totally worth the effort if you want to save money and time on custom cushion covers. Some DIY experts recommend you to use an online cushion box calculator for figuring out the amount of fabric you need to purchase the material for your project.
- The tools and materials you need are your favorite fabric, thread, zipper, the main cushion, sewing machine, and fabric tape measure and scissors.
- There are some optional, but beneficial tools, such as cutting mat, chalk maker, and rotary cutter and quilting ruler.
- Before starting off, you need to do some mathematics for figuring out the right sizes to cut. Measure the thickness, depth and width of your cushion.
- For each cushion, you need to cut at least four pieces of the concerned fabric. For zipper casing, add eight inches to the width and add around three inches to the thickness.
Making a simple cover
With the right assortment of materials, you can make your custom cushion covers adaptable to any dimension of cushion pad. You need ruler or tape measurer, cushion pad, iron, pins, long, sharp scissors, and fabric and thread.
- The first step is to cut a square of the main in parity with the cushion pad’s size. Next, cut two pieces of paper. Do remember that the first one must match the width.
- The second paper must have the same width. Don’t add another 1cm to get a seam opening.
- Iron the fabric properly before cutting it and thwarting creases. It’s essential to do so before cutting. A piece of folded or wrinkled fabric can be of a slightly different shape and size after you press it.
- Carefully assess the fabric’s pattern to choose an area you’d designate for the cushion’s front.
- Put the first piece of paper on top of the surface. Pint the same to the fabric in every corner and put them on each edge as well. Next, cut carefully around each edge.
- It’s important to pin the remaining paper pieces to fabric before cutting around them.
- Hem a tedious edge on every piece. Place the fabric in proper alignment and fold its edges.
- Iron the same for securing the fold.
The remaining steps
Pinning the cushion front and back simultaneously is a crucial step. You need to tack half a centimeter from the edges. It will leave a gap on either side. You can use machine to stitch it. Make the tacking compact and reverse it for another round of stitches for securing the thread ends. You can them remove the tacking.
If your fabric is heavy, for example, velvet, you need to clip across its corners as it will remove excess material. Alternatively, if you want padded and sharp corners on light fabrics, you need to fold the seam allowance (double) on either side.