Making cushion covers can be so simple and this Oxford cushion cover pattern is a prim example. It’s a great way of showcasing a small sample of fabric and adds a delightful touch of colour to your home. I love the way that the main cushion stands proud from the flat edging. In this cushion cover I have used the same fabric for the whole of the front, but of course you could use a contrasting fabric if you wanted to.
one 18″ square of focus fabric
two 18″ by 12″ rectangles of backing fabric
Making the Oxford cushion cover
As you work through this pattern you will see that I have not added extra for the seam allowances – there is a reason for this! I feel that you get a plumper looking cushion if the cover is slightly smaller than the cushion pad, so the simplest way to achieve this is just to round down the measurements without allowing any extra for seams.
Turn under and sew a small double hem on one long edge of each of the rectangles of backing fabric. These will form the envelope opening at the back of the Oxford cushion/pillow.
Lay the two rectangles of backing fabric on the square of focus fabric with right sides together. There will be an overlap of about 4″ or so. Pin the layers together. I find that it is best to place one pin either side of the hems in the backing fabric to avoid them moving slightly when you sew.
Starting in one corner, sew all round the edge to secure the layers. Trim the corners so that you can get a sharper corner when you turn the Oxford cushion cover right side out.
Reach through the gap between the backing fabric rectangles and pull the top fabric through to turn the cushion cover right side out. With your fingers on the inside, push the corners out gently.
Mark a line on the top fabric 2″ in from the edge on all four edges. This is done by laying your ruler with the 2″ line running along the edge of the pillow cover. The edge of the ruler will then be 2″ from the cushion cover edge. Use a temporary fabric marker so that you can remove it afterwards.
You can either sew along the marked line with normal straight stitch, or you can choose an embroidery stitch to make a bit more of a feature of it. I have used a small star design. The only thing left to do now is to slipstitch the gap between the embroidered stitching and the edge of the cushion cover at the point where the two backing fabric rectangles overlap.
That completes the Oxford cushion cover. It really hasn’t taken me very long to make it.
Here’s the Oxford cushion cover video: