Cushion Cover With Piping Added

Cushion cover with piping

Cushion cover with piping

For this cushion cover with piping I have used a very simple pattern for the cover so that the piping stands out against it.  The cover is made for a 16″ cushion pad and I have used about 3/4 yard of silk together with 2 yards of piping.  I made two at the same time, so the photos switch between blue or pink covers.

Cutting requirements for the cushion cover with piping

4.1/2″ squares:  sixteen,   16.1/2″ squares:  one

11.1/2″ by 16.1/2″ rectangles:  two




Make four rows of squares

Make four rows of squares

Make the cushion front

Sew the 4.1/2″ squares together in four rows of four.  I have used both the right side and the wrong side of the silk and alternated them across the rows and down the columns.  Silk is a particularly good fabric to use both sides – there is usually a good contrast between them.  In one of the fabrics that I used the right side is apricot, wrong side pink.  For the other one the right side is green, wrong side blue.

Add lining on the wrong side

Add lining on the wrong side

I wasn’t going to line the front panel but the seam allowances started to fray really quickly so I have added a 16.1/2″ square to the back of the front panel.  It’s probably a good idea to add a lining to any patchwork cushion/pillow covers.  This protects the seam allowances.  Sew this in place as near the edges of the squares as you can.

Closeup of the piping

Closeup of the piping

Add the piping

I used ready made piping rather than making my own.  If you want a particular colour piping you can always make your own by folding a strip of fabric around a cord.  Ready made is easier!  It comes with a flat edge to sew into the seam and a rounded edge which is the piping that will show on the cushion.

Piping faces downwards

Piping faces downwards

Cut four lengths of about 18″ each.  Lay a length of piping along one edge of the cushion front panel.  It will stick out about an inch beyond each end.  Line up the white (flat) edge of the piping with the edge of the panel.  The rounded part of the piping should face downwards on to the patchwork.  Pin in place.

Pin piping all round

Pin piping all round

Continue pinning a length of piping to each edge of the cushion cover.  At the corners the lengths will overlap each other.  I used to use one continuous length of piping and fold it at the corners, but I have found that using separate lengths is easier and provides the same effect at the corners of the cushion cover.

Whichever way you do it, you will still have to sew over one of the rounded parts of the piping at each corner.  For the moment, though, only pin.  I find it easiest to leave the sewing until all the layers are in place.

Turn under a hem

Turn under a hem

Make the cushion back panel

Turn under a small double hem on one long edge (16.1/2″) of each of the rectangles.  These will be the edges that form the envelope closing for the cover.

Add the first rectangle

Add the first rectangle

Place one rectangle with right sides together on the front panel, right sides together.  Pin all the layers together on the top edge only.

Add the second rectangle

Add the second rectangle

Now add the second rectangle to the bottom half of the cushion cover.  You should have an overlap of about 3″.  This will form the envelope closing.

Pin all the layers together along the bottom edge.  Smooth the sides and then pin them as well.

Use a zipper foot

Use a zipper foot

Sew the cushion cover with piping

Sew all round the edge.  For this stage it’s best to use a zipper foot on your sewing machine.  This will help you to get the seam line in close to the piping.

Even so, I still managed to miss one layer on a small portion of the seam.  So when you have sewn the seam, test it all round to make sure that you don’t have any gaps.

View of the back

View of the back

When you’re satisfied that your seam is complete with all the layers caught in, finish the edges either with a zigzag stitch or an overlocker.  This prevents fraying.

Turn the cushion cover with piping right side out through the gap in the back panel.  Insert a 16″ cushion pad.

Here’s the video:

Sandwell park

Sandwell park

This week I made sure to get out on plenty of walks after being stuck inside during the snow.  I found a park that I haven’t visited before – the Sandwell Valley Country Park.  I loved it and was very impressed with what was on offer.  So I was amazed when I looked up the website just now to find that I missed a huge portion of it!

There is a working farm that I completely missed.

Although the snow has disappeared from the streets I was surprised to see that parts of the lake were still frozen.  The whole white section at the bottom of the photo is ice.

War memorial

War memorial

Within the park there is a very attractive and eyecatching war memorial.

Outdoor exercise machines

Outdoor exercise machines

But my main memory is of the outdoor exercise machines.  You’ve probably come across them before, but this was the first time that I had seen anything like this.  What a great idea.

They were set in pairs at various points throught the park.