Instructions for Making a Basic Cushion
Supplies needed for this project:
Steps to complete this project:
|Determine what size you want your finished cushion to be, then add 1 inch to the width and height to allow for the seam allowances.
Zig-zag the raw edges of both pieces.
|Place right side of invisible zipper on the right side of the fabric. The right side of the invisible zipper is the side where the zipper-teeth are NOT visible. Pin and tack zipper into place.|
|You will have to change the foot on your sewing machine to your invisible zipper foot. It should have two grooves through which the zipper is fed as you sew. As you sew press the zipper teeth open so the needle can get as close to the teeth as possible, without actually touching them. This is the trick for sewing an invisible zip.|
|After first side of zipper is installed, check that the zipper opens and closes smoothly. If not, it means you sewed too close to the zipper-teeth and you will have to unpick those stitches and re-do it.|
|Pin the other side of the zipper to the other piece of fabric. Make sure zipper is not twisted. Again, right sides together. Tack in place and machine stitch as you did the first.|
|Zip should open and close smoothly. Remove the tacking stitches.|
|Now attach a regular zipper foot to your machine. You will have to sew from each end of the zip, to the edge of the fabric. To do this, move the zipper out of the way and check that you are only sewing through the cushion fabric. Your stitches should start where the invisible zipper stitches end.|
|Open zipper and with right sides of fabric together, pin round the three remaining edges. Sew closed.
Note if you forgot to open zipper before sewing shut, you will have a hard time opening the cushion!!
|Turn cushion cover right sides out, pushing the corners out to make them sharp. You are ready to insert pillow form.|
|Cushion will look best if the pillow form used is 2 inches larger than the cushion cover.|
Enjoy your new cushion!