Easy Cushion Cover- DIY Upcycle ?>

Easy Cushion Cover- DIY Upcycle

Tired of your throw cushions on your sofa or bed? Not wanting to spend tons of money on new cushions. No problem! This DIY Cushion Cover project is quick and easy. If you or someone you know can sew a straight line, you are good to go.  If you really wanted to, you could hand sew them….but yuck.

Before we get started, I am wondering how many of my readers passed their sewing drivers test in elementary school? The test consisted of sewing a straight line through a piece of paper with an unthreaded machine. Trust me, that is all you need here.

pillow Collage

There are several options when recovering existing cushions even  if they have become a little flat. Lets start with throw cushions that have become a little flat. Easy peasy, you will simply be making the new decorative covers slightly smaller than the existing cushion. This causes the cushion dimensions to be slightly smaller BUT you will be left with nice full cushions. These cushion covers are simply based on a pillow sham design. In my eyes, sort of like an envelope.

Now for the actual redo:

  • Measure your existing cushions. Be sure to allow for seam allowance if applicable and allow for the thickness of the cushion.  Your fabric options are truly endless, sheets, a set of curtains or other fabric you might have on hand. If you plan to purchase your fabric, even easier… Take your existing cushions with you to the fabric store, they will be happy to cut the sufficient material for your project.
  • Purchase thread to match your new cushions.
  • Cut your fabric based on your measurements. I always try to ensure I have 1 edge of the fabric that is finished….you will see why soon.

finished edge

  • 20160513_131636Fold your fabric wrong side out to ensure when it is turned out, your finished edge is on the outside.



  • 20160513_131937Mark your measurements and draw a straight line as shown.




  • 20160513_134107Sew straight down the line ensuring to back-stitch at both ends 🙂




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Turn your new cushion covers right  side out and insert your old cushion.



Cushion Cover DIY= Pillow JOY


“The Sewing Machine”-Betty Hutton

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