Instructions for Making a Basic Cushion

Supplies needed for this project:

  • Pillow form
  • Fabric
  • Invisible zipper
  • Thread
  • Pins


Steps to complete this project:

How to sew cushion cover pic 1 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.
How to sew cushion cover pic 2 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.
How to insert invisible zipper on cushion cover pic 3 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.
How to insert invisible zipper on cushion cover pic 4 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.
How to insert invisible zipper on cushion cover pic 5 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.
How to insert invisible zipper on cushion cover pic 6 Zip should open and close smoothly. Remove the tacking stitches.
How to insert invisible zipper on cushion cover pic 7 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.
How to sew a cushion cover pic 8 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!!
How to sew a cushion cover pic 9 Turn cushion cover right sides out, pushing the corners out to make them sharp. You are ready to insert pillow form.
How to sew a cushion cover pic 10 Cushion will look best if the pillow form used is 2 inches larger than the cushion cover.

Enjoy your new cushion!

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