Now that I’ve finished my studies, I’ve finally settled into working through my 18-month long list of Things-To-Do, and near the top was making some new cushion covers. Our existing cushions were looking threadbare, and I have some textiles I collected in West Africa and elsewhere aching to be put to use. design I used is based on another cushion I once bought off a friend from uni. It requires no zip, and is refreshingly simple to whip up. (If you’re seeking a zippy version however, this how-to looks pretty comprehensive. This version makes a similar zip-free cushion using a single piece of fabric).
1. Firstly, I removed the existing covers from the old cushions and measured their edges. Most of the cushions were about 40cm x 40cm, however, in order to make them a little plumper once covered, I planned to make the finished size of each cover slightly smaller (perhaps around 38cm x 38 cm). I then cut a square from the fabric I wanted to display, leaving a seam of a few centimetres. (If the cushion is 40cm x 40cm, I cut a piece about 43cm, so there’s a bit of room to play with).
2. For the back, I chose a complimentary fabric (black corduroy), and while the piece is the same width as the front (about 43cm), I added on about 10-20cm to the length (so the piece is about 43cm x 60cm). I then folded it, and cut in half, so that I had two pieces, each about 43cm x 30cm.
3. Turning all pieces of fabric so that their print side is facing inwards, I then arranged the two back pieces on the front piece. The back pieces should overlap by about 10-15cm across the centre of the printed front piece. I then whipped around the edge with the sewing machine, sewing a square about 38cm x 38cm.
4. Then, you just turn the whole thing inside out (all going well, all the printed bits should be facing outwards), and insert your cushion.