Before I start this “tutorial” let me just say that I have literally never made a cushion cover before, so this is just a way that I made up myself to make one.
It might not be “right” but it worked just fine for me.
If you read the Bedding Box Restyle the other day you’ll recognise the fabric from these. I had just enough to make 2x mini cushion covers from the cutoffs – which is splendid news for someone renovating on a budget – so I decided to make matching scatter cushions for the same room.
This is a pretty easy project, and you can use a sewing machine or you can sew by hand like I did.
It’s up to you, but they take a good few hours to make & sew by hand.
1. Lay out the fabric on a flat surface, place the cushion insert in the centre and fold the fabric over to cover it.
My tip is to do this as if you’re wrapping a present. I had the ends join just above halfway. Don’t forget to leave about 1inch for the hem.
2. Use pins to mark where you need to cut the fabric to size, and remove the cushion insert before cutting the fabric.
3. Hem the “flap” you’ve created, This will form the “pocket” through which you insert the cushion.
4. Turn the whole thing inside out, and position the unhemmed flap on top of the hem you’ve just sewn – so that when you turn the cover the right way round it won’t be visible.
5. Sew up the edges as tightly & carefully as possible. If you’re doing this by hand, your stitches should be teeny tiny.
If you’re using a sewing machine you have no control over it anyway.
6. Turn the whole thing inside out again, through the “pocket”.
7. Your slip is now finished. You can set about decorating it. I printed off a deer head I found on google, cut it out, drew it out in chalk the red bedsheet I used as a cover when I was painting (before I threw it out) and cut that out.
8. I wasn’t overly confident with stitching on such a complicated, twisty design, so I affixed this with fabric glue.
You could probably iron on with Wonder Web too, or stitch on if you’re confident to do that.
I have a teensy bit of the tartan fabric remaining, I’m not sure what I’m going to do with it just yet, but I really don’t want to waste it!
Cost? Totally free, I used items I already had knocking around the house, and even minimised waste by using up spare fabric and a bedsheet which was dustbin bound!