How to Make a Curved Cushion

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How to Make a Curved Cushion
Sewing is rewarding and a decorative curved cushion is an easy project to start with. (pin cushion tomato image by robert mobley from

Pictures of trendy decor fill the covers of magazines so it is normal to want new decorative items to beautify your home for the holidays or year-round. With some do-it-yourself skill, you can sew curved cushions for your living room or bedroom. You could sew decorative cushions to display on your sofa or make new round seat cushions for a set of chairs. Decorative cushions could also be a great handmade gift to give away for Christmas.

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Things you need

  • Sketching paper
  • Fabric
  • Matching thread
  • Pins
  • Sewing machine (optional)
  • Needle
  • Cushion stuffing (foam or cotton wool)

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  1. 1

    Create the pattern for your cushion. Decide on the size of it: If you are making a curved seat cushion for a chair, measure the size of the seat area. Sketch a circle onto the paper using a compass or string and pencil.

  2. 2

    Trace the pattern onto your fabric. Repeat this so you have two circles, one for the back and one for the front.

  3. 3

    Cut out the two circular shapes, making sure to leave an extra 1½-inch allowance for seams around the edges.

  4. 4

    Pin the two pieces together, right sides facing each other, to ensure the fabric does not slip out of place.

  5. 5

    Sew carefully around the edges of your cushion, minding the 1½-inch seam allowance, and keep turning to maintain a consistent circular shape. Leave a small opening on one end of the cushion for stuffing. Back-stitch along both sides of your seam to keep the stitches from unravelling. Turn the cushion right side out.

  6. 6

    Fill your new cushion with the stuffing until it is as thick as you desire. Push the stuffing into the edges first, so it becomes evenly filled.

  7. 7

    Fold the remaining edges of your pillow inward and pin along the curve to maintain the even circular shape of your pillow. Carefully sew along the edge by hand in order to finish off your cushion.

Tips and warnings

  • Choose a fabric that is either one solid colour or has a pattern that will not be affected badly by the circular shape. Fabrics which already incorporate some sort of circular design are great.

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