Instructions for Making Cushion Covers

Updated April 17, 2017

Cushions and throw pillows can be used all around the home. Since they come in various shapes, sizes and styles, it is easy to find a cushion to fit any room. Even if a cushion does not currently fit the style of a room, an inexpensive homemade cushion cover can change the look of the cushion completely. Best of all, cushion covers are easy to make and easy to wash if the cushion ever gets dirty.

Measure the depth, width and length of the pillow. Cut out two pieces of fabric that are each as wide as the width and the depth of the pillow, plus 2 inches, and as long as the length and the depth of the pillow, plus 2 inches.

Lay the fabric pieces directly on top of each other, right sides of the fabric together. Sew the fabric together all around three of the sides, leaving the fourth side open.

Fold over the edges of the open end of the cushion cover 1/4 inch and iron the folds in place. Fold down the edges 1/4-inch more and sew the folds in place.

Sew a piece of self-fastening tape along each of the open edges of the cushion cover and turn it right side out.

Things You'll Need

  • Upholstery fabric
  • Fabric scissors
  • Thread
  • Sewing machine
  • Iron
  • Self-fastening tape
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Courtney Clark studied English, creative writing, film and history at Southern Virginia University from 2005 through 2008, earning a Bachelor of Arts. During her time at SVU, Clark participated in the English Honors Society and the university's film club.