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You can never have enough colour in your home, and these easy-to-make cushions with their simple accent-coloured piping add just the right amount of pop. Give your cushions a makeover and take them from boring to brilliant. Measurements are in metric with Imperial conversions in brackets.
- Old cushion or cushion insert
- 1m (39.4in) fabric for cushion front
- 50cm (19.7in) of fabric for cushion backs
- 40cm (15.7in) fabric for piping
- 1.5m (59.1in) of 2.5mm (0.1in) cording
- Water soluble marker or tailor's chalk
- Sewing machine
1. Prepare the Cushion Pieces
Measure the length and width of your cushion and write these measurements down. I'm using an old cushion for this tutorial.
Add 1.25cm (0.5in) to both the width and length measurements you took in Step 1. Mark this onto the fabric for your cushion front using washable marker or tailor's chalk and cut the fabric.
If your fabric is prone to fraying, use the zigzag stitch on your sewing machine to sew the edges and stop them from unravelling.
Add 1.25cm (0.5in) to the length and 18cm (7.1in) to the width of the cushion measurements you took in Step 1.
Mark this on the fabric for your cushion back using washable marker or tailor's chalk and cut the fabric. This should give you a rectangle of fabric.
Again, if your fabric is prone to fraying, use the zigzag stitch on your sewing machine to sew the edges and stop them from unravelling.
Cut the rectangle of fabric from Step 3 (the cushion back) in half to give you two equal pieces.
Fold the long edge of the cushion back by 1cm (0.4in) and press. Fold the same edge under again by 1cm (0.4in) and press.
Sew along the top edge using a 1cm (0.4in) seam allowance.
2. Make the Bias Binding
Take the fabric you will be using for the piping and fold the bottom left corner of the fabric towards the top edge. When it matches the top edge and you have a 45 degree angle, you will have your bias.
Press the seam and cut along the seam so you have a triangle of fabric.
Using water soluble marker or tailor's chalk, mark 3.5cm (1.4in) wide strips along the diagonal edge of the triangle.
To work out the total length of bias binding you will need for your cushion, double the width and length measures of your pillow and add 9cm (3.5in). This is the total length of bias strip you will need to make the piping.
Cut out the strips of bias.
Trim the bias strips so that all the ends are squared.
Pin two bias strips together with the right sides together. With a water soluble marker or tailor's chalk, draw a 45 degree angle.
Stitch across the line you drew in Step 5 and press open. Trim away excess.
Repeat this process on all of the bias strips until you have one long strip of fabric cut on the bias. This is your bias binding.
3. Make the Piping
With the right side facing down, fold one of the short ends of bias tape under by 3cm (1.2 in) and press.
Insert the cording 3cm (1.2 in) from the folded end.
Fold the bias binding over the cording so that the raw edges are matching and the cording is sandwiched between the bias binding. Wrong sides of the bias binding are together. Pin in place.
Continue pinning until you have the appropriate amount of piping for your cushion.
Sew along the bottom edge of the bias tape, starting from the cord you placed in Step 1.
4. Add the Piping
Match the raw edges of your piping to the raw edges of your cushion front and pin in place with right sides together. Leave the un-sewn section of the piping unpinned.
Continue pinning around the cushion.
When you get to a corner, make three notches in the seam allowance. This will help the piping lay flat when going around each of the four corners.
When you get back to the place you started, fold the excess piping (the part that has no cord) back. Cut any excess piping at this point.
Slip the cut end of the piping into the open end of the fabric (the section that has no cord). The raw edges should overlap and the place where the piping meets should be invisible.
Sew all the way around to secure the piping to the cushion front piece.
5. Finish your Cushion
Place the cushion front with the piping right-side facing up.
Place one of the back cushion pieces over the cushion front. Match the raw edges and ensure the right sides are together. Pin in place.
Place the second cushion back piece over the first cushion back piece and the cushion front piece, right sides together. Match the raw edges and ensure the right sides are together. Pin in place.
Sew along the edge, using a 1cm (0.4in) seam allowance.
Trim the four corners of the cushion and turn right side out.
Enjoy Your New Cushion
And you’re finished. Well done!
This is such a an easy way to vamp up a simple envelop cushion. You could mix and match all sort of different fabrics to get hundreds of different designs. Use a fabric in an accent colour for the piping.
Do you enjoy making things for your home? Let us know if you have any queries or thoughts in the comments space below.