How to Make Round Cushions

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How to Make Round Cushions
A round cushion has a variety of uses. (Hemera Technologies/ Images)

Making a round cushion is slightly more difficult than making a square cushion because it is it bit more challenging to sew a round shape. Also, round cushions tend to have separate sides to give them a structured appearance, which can prove to be more of a sewing challenge. However, with a little time and patience, even an amateur sewer can create a round cushion to use as a chair seat, bar stool cover or pillow. Make pillows in a variety of sizes for an inexpensive way to decorate a home.

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Things you need

  • Upholstery fabric
  • Drawing compass
  • Fabric chalk
  • Scissors
  • Ribbon, piping, thin rope or other decorative trim
  • Sewing machine
  • Thread
  • Polyester filling

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  1. 1

    Draw two, 12 and one-half-inch in diameter circles, onto the back side of your chosen fabric using fabric chalk and a drawing compass. Cut out the two circles with a pair of scissors.

  2. 2

    Cut a long rectangle of fabric that measures 40 inches long and eight inches wide.

  3. 3

    Pin any desired embellishments -- such as a ribbon, string of beads, or rope -- around the circumference of one or both of the circles and sew into place.

  4. 4

    Sew the two short ends of the rectangle piece together using a one-half-inch seam allowance. Pin the top quarter of an inch of the rectangle edge around the circumference of one of the 12 and one-half-inch circles, facing the right sides together. Sew the rectangle to the circle. This will make the top of the cushion.

  5. 5

    Face the right side of the other 12 and one-half-inch circle to the right side of the non-sewn edge of the rectangle and pin it in place. Sew the circle in place, leaving a four-inch hole in the side. Turn the cushion right side out.

  6. 6

    Stuff the cushion with polyester filling. Fill the cushion as full as possible to make a stiff cushion. Fold the raw edges of the hole inside the cushion and hand sew the opening shut.

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