Homemade cushion covers

Updated November 21, 2016

Whether you're an experienced sewing machinist or just a beginner, you can use a little DIY flair to redecorate your home for a fraction of buying soft furnishings. Making homemade cushion covers for chair and throw cushions is one way to change the look of a room just by incorporating a few new fabrics. Those who don't own a sewing machine can also try making no-sew cushion covers.

Measure the pillow or cushion. Add 2.5 cm (1 inch) to the height and width to allow for seams and pillow thickness. Cut two squares of fabric to these measurements.

Fold over one side of each piece of fabric by 1.25 cm (1/2 inch) towards what will become the interior of the cover. Use an iron to press this flap into place. Sew or glue hook and loop adhesive strips to this folded seam on the opposite side of the cushion cover. If you prefer a zipper closure, sew a zipper to connect the fabric squares along these edges. If you choose to put the zipper on the cover, keep the top of the zipper aligned with the right sides of the fabric. Position the two pieces of fabric side by side and sew the zipper edges just under the folded fabric edges and sew in place.

Align the two fabric squares on top of each other with the exteriors facing out. Sew a straight seam along the other three sides of the fabrics that do not have a closure attached to them. Backstitch at the beginning and end of the seams to lock it in place. Finish the edges by sewing over them with a zig-zag stitch. If you are using the glue option, glue the fabrics together by placing a line of glue between the two fabric layers along the outer edges. Position the glue or seams about 6.5 mm (1/4 inch) in from the fabric's outside edges.

Turn the fabric pocket right side out through the open end with the fastener or zipper. Place the cushion inside the pocket and press the open edge to attach the adhesive strips together or zip it up to close the cover.

Things You'll Need

  • Tape measure
  • Fabric
  • Scissors or cutter
  • Iron
  • Sewing machine
  • Hook and loop adhesive strips or zipper
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