This cushion cover is the one that I usually use as a beginner project when people come to me for a beginner sewing workshop. It is simple to make, gives practice at sewing – and it is pretty! It’s a great confidence booster and it’s also good for showcasing fabrics.
five 2.1/2″ strips of coloured fabric each 14.1/2″ long
six 1.1/2″ strips of black or dark fabric 14.1/2″ long
two 1.1/2 ” strips of black fabric 16.1/2″ long
backing fabric 16.1/2″ wide cut across the width of the fabric (usually about 42″)
Making the cushion front
Lay out the coloured strips of fabric with a black strip at each end and between the colored strips. Sew these together inpairs and then sew the pairs togethr until all the strips are sewn together. Use a 1/4″ seam.
Sew the black 16.1/2″ strips across the top and bottom of the panel so that the coloured strips are now all surrounded by black fabric.
Make the cushion back
Turn under a double hem on the short edges of the backing fabric to hide the raw edges. Sew these in place – either hand sewing or machine sewing is fine.
Sew the cushion cover together
Lay the backing fabric with right side up. Place the cushion panel in the middle of the backing fabric, also with right side up. Fold one edge of the backing fabric over the cushion panel. It will cover about two thirds of the cushion panel.
Fold down the other edge of the backing fabric. the cushion will be completely covered now and the two edges of the backing fabric overlap by about 10″. Pin in place and sew all round the edge of the square.
Use a 1/2″ seam for sewing around the edge as it is quite easy not to catch all the layers of fabric. Clip the corners when you have finished to give your cushion cover sharper corners.
The section of the backing fabric where the two edges overlap now makes an envelope opening through which you can turn the cushion cover right side out. Turn the cover through this envelope and check that you have caught all the edges in the stitching. If there are any gaps, turn it back and re sew the hem a little further in to make sure that all the fabric is caught in the stitching. That compeltes the cushion cover – it really is simple, isn’t it!