By Yarn and Needlework Contributor Stephanie from the blog Twilly 23
It’s summer which means prime garage sale season. Furniture can be snatched up at great prices but they don’t always have the best looking covering-or even any covers at all. This tutorial will show you how to make your own patchwork cushion covers for your second hand finds.
Remove cushions from your piece of furniture and then remove the old cushion covers. My new to me rocking chair came with naked cushions. Grab some fiber that you like.
For patchwork I like to pick a complimentary light and dark fabric. I used felt fabric that I found at an estate sale.
Cut a 5” x 5” square out of a cereal box or other stiff material. This will be your template for the patches.
Lay your patches out over your cushions to gauge how many you’ll need.
If your cushions are square or rectangle it will be easier to make your cushion covers. But if you have round edges like my cushions don’t fret. A few extra steps will get you to the finish line. Make sure there is fabric covering all of the cushion. If the cushion is thick, add enough squares so the patchwork covers the sides as well.
Sew together your patches, alternating between light and dark squares to make the patchwork pattern. I used a ⅜” seam allowance. When you have sewed enough together to cover one side of your cushion, set aside and make another.
If your cushions have ties, remove them with a seam ripper.
The back cushion had long ties that turned into an instant cat toy when tied together longwise.
Sew the two cover sides together on three sides. Slide the cover inside out onto the cushion. This will let you pin the cover tighter if the fit is too loose. If the cover is too large, pin around the cushion and then sew a new seam that will give the cover a more custom fit.
For rounded edges I pinned around the cushion to make a curved seam. Then I cut off the extra fabric so the covers wouldn’t bulge when turned right side out.
My back cushion was larger at the top than at the bottom so I added an extra square on each side. The curved seam cut the side squares into angled shapes. The felt was thick where the angle turned straight so I removed the cover from my machine and sewed the tight spot by hand.
Curved seams can seem intimidating at first but with practice they get easier. If you’re unsure, do several test fits of the cushion into the cover as you are sewing.
After sliding the cushion into its new cover it’s time to make the closure.
I chose adhesive velcro for mine because it was in my stash. I happened to have adhesive velcro but recommend the sew on version so your covers will be machine washable. Alternatively, you can sew on buttons and make button holes if you prefer.
Attach velcro onto the fabric and then seal your cushion up.
Trace the old ties onto the new fabric to make matching ties. Sew into place.
Attach small squares of velcro onto the ties to hold them into place. Or if they are long, tie them onto your furniture.
Stand back and admire your work. Or better yet, sit down on your new cushions and enjoy.