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How to Make a DIY Futon Cover

Updated February 21, 2017

A futon cover is a cloth envelope that encloses your futon. It both protects your futon from stains and serves a decorative purpose. A colourful futon cover gives the room a bright new look, and even a plain futon cover will help an old or faded futon look like new again. Making your own futon cover is a simple process as long as you have at least a small amount of experience with sewing.

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  1. Choose two flat sheets to make your futon cover. The flat sheets should match the size of your futon. If you have full futon, for example, choose full flat sheets. Choose flat sheets that match, or choose two wildly different colours for a whimsical look.

  2. Wash the sheets on the hottest setting available.

  3. Dry the sheets on the hottest setting available. This prevents the sheets from shrinking after you've made the cover.

  4. Lay the two flat sheets face to face. This leaves the unpatterned side facing out for both sheets.

  5. Sew the two short edges of the flat sheets together using a normal straight seam with 1 inch of seam allowance.

  6. Sew one of the long edges of the flat sheets together using a normal straight seam with 1 inch of seam allowance. This leaves you with a large, open fabric envelope.

  7. Measure the long edge of the cloth envelope.

  8. Cut a strip of Velcro that is as long as the measurement that you found in step 5.

  9. Sew the Velcro to the open edge of the futon cover. The Velcro allows you to keep the futon cover closed once the futon is inside.

  10. Tip

    You may also use a zipper to close the futon cover, or a series of cloth ties along the open edge. Use hot glue to secure the Velcro instead of sewing it down.

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Things You'll Need

  • Two flat sheets
  • Needle
  • Thread
  • Measuring tape
  • Scissors
  • Velcro

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