During our mudroom/laundry room makeover, we decided that we needed a place to hang our belongings, so we built a hall tree. The bench area needed a bench cushion.
The photo below shows the view down the laundry room/mudroom. The Hall tree is on the right just before the door. As you can see the room is small, but packed with organized storage. The pillow covers I made using my envelope method you can read more about it HERE.
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How to Make a Cushion Cover
Making your own cushions and cushion covers is an easy sewing project. The same method is used for seat cushions and outdoor cushions.
- Measuring tape
- Electric knife
- Sewing machine
- Stapler with staples
- Staple lifter
- Fabric marker
The first thing I do is measure the bench seat or chair to determine the finished size of the cushions. I like to use medium density foam one-inch higher, wider, and longer than the finished size.
Using a sharpie I trace my cut lines on the foam. Then using an electric knife I cut out my foam.
When using foam for your cushion insert there are several ways to sew a cushion cover. My favorite way to sew a cushion cover is a box cushion cover.
Before cutting out your cushion cover square your fabric. I like to use a T-square placed along the selvage then using a fabric marker I mark the cut edge and trim to make a straight edge.
Cut a box gusset (sides) for three sides the deep of the cushion and the length of 2 sides and the front.
If your fabric has a repeat (pattern) then you will need to decide what design in the fabric you want to be in the center.
Note: I pattern matched the top, the boxing, and bottom.
After you have cut out all your pieces of fabric for the cushion (including a zipper gusset) then you can cut your bias strips to cover the cording.
Cutting Bias For Cord
Measure to determine the total circumference of your cushion and double that and add 6 inches this number is the total length of bias tape you will need to cover your cord.
The bias strips need to be wide enough to cover your cord and have a 1/2″ seam allowance.
Once you have enough strips cut you will need to sew them together using an angled seam.
Using a 1/4″ seam stitch the ends together.
Place your cord in the center of your bias strip and sew.
Using a cord walking foot makes this step so easy.
Sewing The Zipper in a Cushion Cover
To make a sturdy zipper gusset I cut both of the zipper pieces the deep of the foam by the length of the foam and then fold it in half with the wrongs sides touching then iron.
Place your first zipper gusset in the center of your zipper and stitch about 1/2″ away from the fabric edge. You might need to change your foot to a zipper foot.
Repeat for the second zipper gusset.
To keep your zipper pulls from coming off stitch both ends of your zipper gusset closed.
Mark (fabric marker) the center front and back on all cushion pieces.
How to Sew a Cushion Cover
If you plan to launder your cushion cover be sure to finish off all the cut edges with a serger or zig-zag stitch.
Starting in the center back with the wrong side up place your cording under the cushion pieces and sew all the way around.
When you reach the center back you will flip the cushion with the right side up. Using a seam ripper remove the bias tape and cut the cord inside it to length.
Fold over the bias tape and stitch.
I like to sew the zipper gusset on first and leave a little extra fabric so I can turn it back over itself.
Sewing the box gusset (the sides) using a solid fabric you would match centers and sew.
However, if you need to pattern match your gusset to top and bottom pieces you will get the best results stapling the fabric in place aligning the patterns.
If you are happy with the stapled fabric then you’re ready to sew it in place. Once stitched use a staple lifter and remove all staples.
Finish stitching and stuff your foam into your cushion cover.
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