OXFORD CUSHION COVER


Oxford cushion/pillow cover

Oxford cushion/pillow cover

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.

 

Cutting requirements

one 18″ square of focus fabric

two 18″ by 12″ rectangles of backing fabric

 

Making the Oxford cushion cover

Hem the two rectangles of backing fabric

Hem the two rectangles of backing fabric

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 backing fabric on the top fabric

Lay the backing fabric on the top fabric

Pin the layers together

Pin the layers together

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.

 

 

Sew all round the edge

Sew all round the edge

Turn the Oxford cushion cover right side out

Turn the Oxford cushion cover right side out

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 square 2" in from the edge

Mark a square 2″ in from the edge

The marked line

The marked line

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.

 

 

Embroidered line of stitching

Embroidered line of stitching

Slipstitch the gap shut

Slipstitch the gap shut

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:

 

 

 

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Comments

  1. Ger O'Keeffe says:

    Thanks for the simple straightforward tutorial. It was so easy to follow.

  2. This was a beautifully done teaching, not too much information nor too little. Lovely project! I made a linen bed sheet last weekend and have extra fabric hopefully to make 2 pillow covers and I like the Oxford look, but just wanted to watch someone else do it first. Thank you for posting this!

  3. If I have a pillow that measures 16×13, what would the fabric cuts measure for the slip?

    • Hi Deanne. My apologies for the delay in replying. For an Oxford cushion cover I normally add 2″ all round. In that case, I would cut 20″ by 17″ for the front of the cushion. For the back I think I would use two pieces 20″ by 11″. Hope that helps.

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