Get your 2013 off to a crafty start with this simple way to sew a cushion cover.
The new year brings with it renewed promise and fresh ideas, and I like to capture this straight away before it melts back into the humdrum of normality. And what better way to do it than giving your interiors a new lease of life? It’s best to start with something simple – being overly ambitious may lead to an unfinished project that sits guiltily in a corner for months afterwards. So dust off the sewing machine and dig out that lovely fabric you’ve been meaning to do something with – I’m going to show you how to sew a simple cushion cover that will brighten any room this January.
What you need:
- Fabric: 1 50 x 50 square and 2 35 x 50 rectangles will fit a standard size cushion, but measure yours to be certain of the dimensions
- A sewing machine
- Tape measure
- A pencil
What to do:
Measure and cut out your three pieces of fabric. Use the edge of a table to help you get the angles right if you need to. I used some off-cuts from curtains I made last year. The beauty of this being one side was already nicely hemmed, so I used this for the back overlapping piece. If your material isn’t hemmed, simply pin back about 1.5cm of material and run a straight stitch down one length of the fabric to create a neat edge.
Pin the three sections of material together, as if the cushion were inside out, overlapping the two sections at the back where you’re going to create an envelope-style flap.
Machine sew the square of material together using a straight running stitch. Remove all the pins and turn your cover the right way round to reveal an almost finished piece.
To make the fastening, take two pieces of ribbon. Pin one in place under the flap of material and loop the other and pin onto the top of the fabric. Machine stitch the inner ribbon first, then secure the top ribbon with a straight stitch. I only used one, but you could add two or three ribbon fastenings if you prefer.
Lastly, put your cushion into the cover and simply tie up the ribbon. It’s that easy. Good luck, and tweet us any pictures of your creation to @L_U_L_R