How to Sew a Seat Cushion Cover

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How to Sew a Seat Cushion Cover
It is easy to replace the covers on your chair cushions. (bright red armchair viewed from below image by nextrecord from

Covering upholstered chair or sofa cushions is simple and desirable if the fabric is wearing thin, has holes, or is dirty and stains won't come out. Choosing your own fabric to cover cushions lets you match or change your decor and refresh the look of a room. New covers for hand-me-down furniture is a good way to recycle old pieces and preserve family items.

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Things you need

  • Fabric
  • Chair cushion
  • Measuring tape
  • Scissors
  • Sewing machine
  • Sewing notions
  • Needle
  • Thread
  • Zipper
  • Chalk pencil

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  1. 1

    Take the cushion off the chair and measure the width, length and depth of the cushion. Add 2 inches to your measurements to account for seams.

  2. 2

    Cut your fabric to the required measurements. Cut two pieces for each cushion, one for the top and the other for the bottom. Matching stripes and patterns might require extra fabric.

  3. 3

    Lay your fabric on a table with right sides together.

  4. 4

    Sew the zipper in. First, sew the two pieces of fabric together along an edge. Iron the seam open and pin the edges of the zipper to the seam edges. Sew the zipper to the fabric, stitching on either side of the zipper. Open the seam over the zipper with a seam ripper. If you wish, you can skip the zipper and simply sew the last edge together by hand once inserting the cushion into the cover.

  5. 5

    Pin the edges of the fabric and sew around the cushion, starting at one end of the zipper and finishing at the other end of the zipper.

  6. 6

    Insert the cushion inside the new cover. The fabric should still be inside-out at this point.

  7. 7

    Pin the corners and edges close to the cushion. Make sure to pull the fabric taut and smooth, with no wrinkles.

  8. 8

    Slip the cushion back out of the cover and sew along your pinned seams.

  9. 9

    Trim the edges and turn the fabric right side out through the zipper.

  10. 10

    Iron the cover to remove any wrinkles and insert the cushion into the cover.

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