How to make cushion covers

My fabric order arrived from in the US last week. I love the design and colour I chose. Next we purchased two new chairs, so the onus was on me to actually make the new cushion covers.

The inserts I use are 60cm x 40cm – perfect proportions for the new chairs.

First I created a paper template of the exact size, then placed it on my fabric – single layer – and cut one piece, being careful to place it in the right place for pattern symmetry. Then using the cut piece, and pattern matching as I went, I cut another 3 pieces of each colour fabric. Enough to make 4 cushions.

DSC01659Then I used my overlocker to sew over the edge of all pieces.

Next I use my iron to press a neat fold on the edge where the zip goes.


Then put the zip in and hand tacked it in place – times 4.



Sewing in the zip

Then I sewed along both sides of the zip.



DSC01664All the zips are now sewn in place.





Tacking threads removedAfter completing the 4 zips I removed the tacking threads.





Pin right sides together.




NOTE: remember to open the zip halfway to make it easier to turn inside out after sewing.




Smooth out fabric and measureSmooth out the fabric and measure to make sure you’re on track for the right size covers. Personally I don’t make marks for guidance on sewing the other edges, if you’re not confident you can do so. Complete sewing the over three side of each cushion.


The completed cushions. There are two more as well.

The completed cushions

I hope you like them as much as I do. What do you think?





Fabric Has Arrived!

The fabric I ordered online from has arrived. The UPS tracking said it was due to arrive by tomorrow PM, so its actually arrived a day earlier than expected. I suppose anytime you order  something online there is slight risk that its not what you hoped it would be. I am very happy to advise that the fabric is exactly as I expected.

Here are a couple of images celebrating its arrival and explaining my colour choices.


Fabric Buying Online

We’re pretty settled in our new place, having moved 4 months ago, however there are a few tweaks needed to make for best presentation and comfort. One issue, once winter came, was the uncovered windows above the sliding doors in the kitchen/family room area. When the sun started shining through these windows we knew there was a problem. The sun comes in full on to our music collection and photographs. I decided the only way to overcome it was to cover the windows. Curtains (simple flat ones) are the easiest way. However, that brings up other problems, like finding an appropriate fabric. Not an easy task in Australia. There are a couple of stores which stock furnishing fabric, however I’ve never been impressed by the available range. Of course there are fabric swatch books you can pour over and order from, however as soon as you go down that path the stores seem to charge like wounded bulls.

So I hit the internet. I found some sites with decent ranges and somewhat reasonable prices. One charged in a very strange way – per 45cm unit of length, rather than say by the yard or metre. Even though these guys were based in Australia their shipping cost was very high. That put me off from the start. I continued searching a found a fabulous US website where I spent a happy hour searching. Not only did I find a fabulous fabric, I was able to find it a range of colours. Even better was their pricing and shipping cost. For less than half the price of the Aussie site I was able to order exactly what I wanted. Fabric for the windows, with enough extra to make 2 cushion covers, plus the same fabric in another colour to make a further 2 cushions, all for less that $100 (including shipping). The shipping is via UPS and you get exact tracking details, you can follow the package’s journey the whole way. Having left Georgia on 2 July my package has now departed Hawaii.  The anticipated delivery date (to my door) is July 8. That means 7 working days from the date of my order. If you’re lucky enough to live in the US you get free shipping for orders over $35.

Free Shipping on order $35+

Here is a link to their site (home decor fabrics)

Here are the fabrics I chose.

Embrace in Corn Yellow

Embrace in Tangelo