I made a couple of cushions recently. I knew exactly which fabric to use from my stash. I have been holding onto a vintage linen fabric from A Sanderson with beatiful floral print, I knew they would be perfect for making cushions. They made a perfect pair to compliment my cosy reading corner. I fount taking a good photo of the cushions, very tricky.
How to make a Cushion Cover (Envelope Style)
1. Measure pillow seam to seam. Mine is 16.5 inch (42 cm) square.
2. Cut the front piece fabric, centering the design same dimensions as the pillow
3. For the back piece some calcuation is needed. Width divided by 2 plus 2 inches. So mine is:
16.5/2 = 8.1/4 + 2inch = 10 ¼ inches wide
or 42/2 = 21 + 5cm = 26cm wide
4. Cut two back pieces 16.5 in (42cm) tall and 10 ¼ in (26cm) wide.
5. Iron the long edges of the back pieces to hide the raw edges.
6. Place right sides of the front and back pieces together aligning the outside corners together and stitch along with ½ in (1cm) seam allowance.
How to make a Cushion Cover (Zip Style)
- Cut two pieces same dimension as the pillow for a tight cover or add ½ inch seam allowance
- Zig zag stitch along the edge where the zip will go.
- Right faces together, on the edge where the zip will go. Stitch 2” in from both sided towards the middle with a ½ inch seam allowance.
- Now between the two stiches leaving a ¼ inch gap, do a long (4) basting stitch without backstitching
- Pres seam with an iron
- Place the zip on the wrong side of the fabric along the seam facing down, centred. Use a cellotape to secure it in few places.
- Now turn the the fabric right side facing you and pin the ends of the zip to mark. Pin along the zip to secure and remove the tape from the other side.
- Stitch around the zip to create a box. Unpick the basting stitch. Undo the zip half way.
- With right sides together stitch back piece and front piece together with ½ inch seam allowance. Zig zag stich the raw edges.
I followed this wonderful video tutorial: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2M3XWdjDry0