A daybed cover is fitted to the mattress to give it a more formal, sophisticated appearance than the look of a daybed comforter and bed skirt. The cover slips on from the front and is open on the back edge, which makes sewing easier and allows you to use closed seams on the front edges. Since this cover requires only straight seams, even a beginner will be able to complete it, although careful measuring is important to ensure a good fit.
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Things you need
- Measuring tape
- Straight pins
- Scissors or a rotary cutter and mat
- Sewing machine
Measure the length and width of the daybed mattress and add 1 inch to each measurement for seams.
Measure the drop from the top of the mattress to the floor. Add 3 inches for a hem and 1/2 inch for a seam.
Pre-shrink washable fabric by washing and drying it on the hottest settings. Iron it to remove all wrinkles.
Cut one piece of fabric according to the length and width measurements you took in Step 1. This will be the top of the cover.
Cut two pieces of fabric according to the width measurement you took in Step 1 and the drop measurement you took in Step 2. These will be the sides of the cover.
Cut one piece of fabric according to the length measurement you took in Step 1 and the drop measurement you took in Step 2. This will be the front of the cover.
Measuring and Cutting the Fabric
Lay the front piece right side up. Place the side pieces right side down on top of it, one on the left and one on the right, with raw edges even along the drop measurement on each side. Pin the side pieces to the top piece and sew both side seams using a 1/2-inch seam allowance. Press both seams open.
Pin the top piece to the three-sectioned piece you sewn together in Step 1, with right sides together. Start on one short edge of the top piece and pin a side section to it. Continue pinning the front section to a long edge of the top piece and end by pinning the second side section to the second short edge of the top piece. Sew the two pieces together using a 1/2-inch seam allowance.
Press under 1/4 inch along the entire length of the back of the daybed cover, beginning at the bottom of a side piece, continuing along the long edge of the top piece and ending on the bottom of the opposite side piece. Press under 1/4 inch again in the same way. Sew the hem in place.
Press under 1/2 inch along the entire bottom of the daybed cover, beginning on a side section, continuing along the front section and ending on the opposite side section. Press under 2 1/2 inches in the same way. Sew the hem.
Sewing the Daybed Cover
Cut three pieces of fabric measuring 30 inches long by 4 inches wide. Fold each piece in half lengthwise and press.
Sew the three raw edges of each tie, using a 1/2-inch seam allowance. Leave a 2-inch opening on the long edge of each tie for turning.
Clip the corners of each tie and trim the seams to 1/4 inch.
Turn the ties right side out. Use a knitting needle or the eraser end of a pencil to push out the corners. Sew the openings closed.
Fold the finished ties in half widthways and press.
Sew one tie to each side of the daybed cover along the back edge, stitching along the pressed fold. Sew the third tie to the middle of the back edge in the same way.
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