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Super Easy, Super Quick Cushion Cover.
We have horrid cushions on our sofa. Marks, dirt (especially from when the cat was sick). None of them match - it is truly most shocking.

So time to do something about it?

That meant a day trip to IKEA, imagination and a bit of sewing. x

My instructions are dead simple. I say things twice but that's only because I love you and it's important. Have fun with the materials, size etc. And enjoy the wave of 'Oh .. I like you cushions Love' and 'Really? You made those?!' comments. x

Rough Cushion Fabric Size:
Front: 40cm x 40cm
Back (w/10cm flap): 50cm x 50cm
Will fit a cushion 2-3cm larger e.g. 53x53 cushion = 50x50cm cover

Posted by KageG from Bristol, England, United Kingdom • Published See KageG's 20 projects »
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  • How to make a pillow/cushion. Simple Cushion Cover - Step 1
    Step 1

    Grab all your bits and pieces.
    I am using thick green cotton for the back and the white thin cotton with the pattern on it for the front.

  • How to make a pillow/cushion. Simple Cushion Cover - Step 2
    Step 2

    Pick a nice section of the fabric if you are using a patterned one.

    Lay out the fabric nice side down and draw on 38x38cm square (or a square 2/3cm smaller than the size of the cushion you are using).

    TIP: Use tailors pencil as it will not show through.

    TIP: Cut any selvedge’s off of the fabric before you draw the square.

  • How to make a pillow/cushion. Simple Cushion Cover - Step 3
    Step 3

    Cut out the square by going along the lines.

    This is the covers' front.

  • How to make a pillow/cushion. Simple Cushion Cover - Step 4
    Step 4

    If you want to embroider a part of the cushions' pattern or add patches etc - this is the time.

  • How to make a pillow/cushion. Simple Cushion Cover - Step 5
    Step 5

    Now the back. You could use Velcro, zips, buttons etc but we are going to do the popular 'tuck in' method.

    Get the other material and lay it nice side down. Measure 38cm along the bottom on the fabric, 30cm up, 38cm across and 30cm down to make a rectangle.

    (<.< Sorry if you can't see my lines)

  • How to make a pillow/cushion. Simple Cushion Cover - Step 6
    Step 6

    Cut along the lines.

    This is the larger flap.

  • How to make a pillow/cushion. Simple Cushion Cover - Step 7
    Step 7

    If you've got half a meter of fabric you should have about 20cm left. Measure and cut the 20cm x 38cm section.

    This is the smaller flap.

  • How to make a pillow/cushion. Simple Cushion Cover - Step 8
    Step 8

    Now you should have three pieces?

  • How to make a pillow/cushion. Simple Cushion Cover - Step 9
    Step 9

    On the flaps. Fold over, to the wrong side, one 1cm hem on a 38cm side.

    Pin it down (tack it if you need to).

  • How to make a pillow/cushion. Simple Cushion Cover - Step 10
    Step 10

    Sew it.

    Do the same on the other flap piece.

  • How to make a pillow/cushion. Simple Cushion Cover - Step 11
    Step 11

    Decide which flap you would like showing on the top. Most cushions have the larger flap on top (must be males!). So the smaller flap should be sewn first; and the larger one second slightly over lapping.. get it now?

    Pin the smaller flap to the top-end of the cushion. Leaving the bottom open

  • How to make a pillow/cushion. Simple Cushion Cover - Step 12
    Step 12

    Sew the three pinned sides.

  • How to make a pillow/cushion. Simple Cushion Cover - Step 13
    Step 13

    You should have something that looks like this <.<

    Turn it inside out and see it fits nice a snug.

    TIP: If it is a bit lose make a bigger seam, by just sewing it again.

  • How to make a pillow/cushion. Simple Cushion Cover - Step 14
    Step 14

    Turn back inside out. Take the larger flap and do the same, laying it over the top of the smaller flap. Leave the bottom open again.

    There should be a overlap of about 6-8 cm.

    Pin in place.

    Note: I think I am only demonstraing the edge and point to stop sewing. (But I could be pointing to any number of things..).

  • How to make a pillow/cushion. Simple Cushion Cover - Step 15
    Step 15

    Sew along the three pinned sides, making sure you sew over the overlap.

  • How to make a pillow/cushion. Simple Cushion Cover - Step 16
    Step 16

    Turn everything inside out for the last time.

    Stick a cushion in.

    And admire.

    x

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Helen N.
Helen N. · 1 project
Thanks for the ideas...I need to revamp my couch cushions, I think I will use this tutorial and keep it simple rather than fight with a complex pattern with zippers!
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GreenLeaf
GreenLeaf · Essex, England, GB · 52 projects
Thanks for sharing Happy
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disarm
disarm · Portsmouth, England, GB · 3 projects
I love the fabric and I got almost the same pillows on my sofa, just a bit bigger and no different back. The embroiderie gives it a final touch, thanks for the idea!
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Marieke
Marieke · Espel, Flevoland, NL · 166 projects
Love that fabric, I have curtains in our bedroom made from that. The pillows look great!
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Steffi
Steffi · Nederland, Colorado, US · 4 projects
Those are really pretty cushions, I love your tutorial, very easy to followHappy <3
The beads are awesome, I'll totally add some to my cushions now! 8D
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