Posted on March 28th, 2020 11:16 AM

Do you want to have your sofa or bed full of cushions ? The best thing is that you can create your own cushion designs at home so you only need to buy the filling and yourself, with this step guide, you will learn how to make cushion covers.  The ideal way to start in the world of sewing is to make simple projects that give you quick results and motivate you to continue practicing and learning.

Today as a basic clothing tutorial, we will make some cushions . They are very easy to make, they need few materials and also they will not take long .

Making Cushion Covers

The cushion covers that we can find in the market are without a doubt, one of the most varied, but many times we do not find the one that is the exact color of our sofa or bed or perhaps we do not like that they have certain patterns. ¿ Why not make our own cushion covers ?. You may even have a cushion at home whose cover is old so it will be cheaper to make a new cover.

Making cushion covers is not complicated at all, you just need a fabric that you like, or want to recycle, as well as a needle and sewing thread (or sewing machine ) and follow the next steps.

Steps to make cushion covers

In order to make cushion covers at home, you must follow these steps:


  • Cloth
  • Scissors
  • Needle and thread
  • Velcro

The choice of fabric

Choose the fabrics that you like the most, that combine with the rest of the furniture or that are different to achieve an eclectic style in the bedroom or living room. In almost all fabric stores you can buy fabric scraps or complete fabrics for a few euros. Choose a fabric that is the same fabric or quality as the bedding or sofa cover so that everything looks more uniform. In the case of choosing silk for your cushion covers, you have to be careful when cutting and sewing so that the fabric does not end up being torn.

Measurements and cut

To make a cushion cover we have to cut the fabric into a square or rectangle that has a length equal to three times the length of the cushion and the width equal to the width of the cushion plus 4-5 cm . Keep in mind that the cutting of the fabrics should always be done in the same direction so that the design has the same orientation in each cushion.

Step by step to sew a cushion cover

We start by cutting the fabric necessary to make the cushion cover. The cushions that I am going to cover are 45 x 45 cm so the height of the fabric will be 45 cm + 3 cm for the seams, in total 48 cm.

For the width, since I am not going to put a zipper and I want the fabric to be crossed behind the cushion, I have measured the width of the cushion three times: 1.35 cm.

we cut the fabric to make cushion covers

The next step is to finish off the two 49 cm sides with a hem. It is not necessary to pre-baste it. A couple of folds are made in the fabric and it is passed directly through the machine.

we sew the seams on the sides of the fabric

Once the sides are finished with a hem, we spread the fabric on the table with the right side of the fabric facing up. We fold one end towards the center and then fold the other end and place it on the previous one.

The fabric thus folded must be 45 centimeters wide. Once we have adjusted it to this measure, we put pins so that it does not move.

With the help of a ruler and a pencil we draw a line at the top. From this line we measure 45 cm and draw another line at the bottom.

we fold the fabric into three parts

We pass a stitching along the two lines we have marked. Once the stitching is sewn, we cut the excess fabric along the seams, leaving a margin of half a centimeter and finish with a zig-zag so that the threads do not unravel.

we sew the top and bottom

With these two seams we already have the finished cushion cover. We flip one of the layers on the back and place the cushion inside the cover.

we put the cushion in the cover

Then we flip the other layer of the cover leaving the cushion inside.

we flip the case

And this is the final result.

cushion covers

This is the easiest way to make cushion covers and changing the fabrics, adding appliques, changing shapes or combining patterns, you can get very original finishes.

You can find a variety of block printed textile to make your own cushion and pillow covers. Do you dare to sew your own cushions? You can see that it is very simple.

If you have any questions or suggestions, I'll wait for you in the comments.