Quick & Easy DIY Cushion Covers – Cheapest Way to Brighten Up Any Room
One of my latest DIY Projects is freshening up my Living Room for Spring/Summer. I will have a lot of great future DIY projects to blog as I get my living room done. For now, lets start with cushion covers. Cushion cover are one of the cheapest and easiest ways to freshen up your living space. Think of using fabric you already have. For example, a scarf you love or a old sweater. I also have bought pillow cases on sale (king size, you can get two covers). If you are going to buy go to the Rembrandt section where they have end of the roll pieces. Well enough with the suggestions, lets get started.
What you will need;
- Form pillows or just recover your old ones as long as they still hold their shape.
- Fabric pieces
- Lots of straight pins
** you can also use ribbon or buttons to embellish.
- Take you material, you will need enough to double to the size of your pillow, also adding 4 to 6 inches top and bottom for your cuffs (don’t worry this will makes sense a little further down), for now just trust me and add the extra inches top and bottom.
- Also make sure you have at least 2 extra inches on each side of you your pillow form, so you can stitch a good seam.
- Place fabric good side up, then place your pillow approx in the middle of the fabric, (remember you have doubled your fabric to the size of your pillow form and added your 4 extra inches top and bottom of fabric. Make sure that you situate your pillow on the fabric so you will get the pattern you wish on the front of your pillow.
- Now your going bring up the fabric from the bottom, at least 2 inches past the middle of the pillow. Now pin your cuff down 2 inches.
- Repeat for top of fabric, again turning and pinning the cuff
Very important – make sure your cuffs overlap so when you insert your pillow the cuffs will not pull open. I learnt this the hard way the first couple I made. So I in fact like to have my cuffs (cuffs means the opening you will be inserting your pillow thru) overlap a good 2-3 inches this will give you plenty of room for your pillow to insert your pillow and it wont pull open.
- BEFORE you remove your pillow, pin the four corners of you side seams, this will give you your side seams. It is also important to pin these seams snug. This will make for a much firmer and fluffier pillow (I also learnt this the hard way).
- Now you can remove pillow. Take a ruler draw your side seams matching up all your corner pins.
- Do not remove any pins. Use you iron and press your cuffs, press your top and bottom of the pillow, this will give you a nice crease for the top and bottom of your pillow cover.
- Once all pressed, your ready to sew.**Remember your sewing your cover inside out***
- I would suggest sewing your cuffs first, then sew up your side seams.
- Turn your cover over and your done.
Insert pillow, give it a good fluff.
TA DA!! DONE
Here is a photo how mine turned out, I am thrilled! and it is the easiest and cheapest way to brighten up any room.
Be Proud you just made your first pillow cushion cover!!
Please Come Back soon. My next blog will be how to cover a bolster pillow. Even easier.
Since I am new at this and am still learning, I would appreciate any comments, questions and most importantly feedback.
Till next time!!
The Manic Designer