Cushion slipcover – How to Make Cushion Slipcovers

Save money by making your own cushion slipcovers for a custom look. Why buy slipcovers when you can make them yourself easily and inexpensively? There are just a few simple steps to beautiful cushion slipcovers. Give it a try!

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Good-looking cushion slipcovers will give a store-bought chair or bench a designer look. Rich fabrics and wonderful textures can virtually transform a room. But why buy ready-made cushion slipcovers or pay exorbitant prices for a professional designer to have them made for you? Here are the materials you will need and step-by-step directions for making your own custom cushion slipcovers.

How to make cushion slip covers

These same instructions will apply no matter what type of cushions you are making – sofa cushions, couch cushions or regular throw pillows.

Materials you will need:

  • fabric (choose something sturdy that will not fray or pull apart)
  • fabric scissors
  • stray pins
  • sewing pen or marker
  • straightedge
  • hook and loop tape (Velcro)
  • piping (choose a complimentary or contrasting color)
  • measuring tape
Cushion Slipcover

Let's get started:

1. You can create your own pattern by laying the cushion on the wrong side of your fabric. Be sure to line it up to the pattern on the material. For instance, if your material is a floral pattern make sure a flower is centered on each cushion. Trace around it with your sewing pen and add a 5/8-inch seam allowance all the way around. Cut out this piece and use it as a template. Then cut two pieces for each cushion.

2. Use your measuring tape to measures the original cushion's depth to determine the width of the boxing (sides). Again, add a 5/8-inch seam allowance to the top and bottom edges, then cut enough strips out to go around three sides of each cushion. Cut two more strips for the back of each cushion and sew hook and loop tape to a long side of each on the wrong side. This will create a two-piece opening and is how the cushion slipcovers will be opened and closed for putting on and removal. Sew one of these sections to each piece of boxing.

3. Piping is next. Sew the piping to the outer edges of the wrong side of each top and bottom piece. Now you can sew the boxing to the bottom of the slipcover. Be sure to put the two-piece opening at the back of the cushion slipcover.

4. The final step is to sew on the top of the slipcover. Once you have done that, go ahead and turn the finished piece right side out. Place each of your new cushion slipcovers onto a cushion and secure the hook and loop tape.

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