How to Make a Zip-free Cushion Cover

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If you’ve just purchased your very first sewing machine, you’ll be itching to get making and start creating!

Cushions are a great beginner project for sewers, many people are put off by the thought of inserting an invisible zip, however this cushion is completly zip-free with the fabric cover acting like an envelope for your cushion pad, easy-peasy!

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1. Before starting, wash and iron your fabric. This will make sure that when future you washes the cushion cover, no shrinkage or damage occurs.

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2. Measure out a square on your fabric that is two inches bigger than your cushion pad and cut. My cushion pad is 17 inches so my square will be 19 inches by 19 inches.

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3. Cut a rectangle that is half the width of the square you just cut but keep the same height.

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4. Cut another rectangle that is two thirds of the width of the square but keep the same height.

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5. These two rectangles are going to form the back of an envelope cushion, to make the edges look nice fold over a quarter inch on one of the sides that is the same width as the square.

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How to Make a Zip-free Cushion Cover #Sewing

6. Sew a straight stitch, as close to the raw edge as possible, on both pieces of fabric. My sewing machine has a repositionable needle, if yours doesn’t then move the fabric until the needle is just on the edge. This makes sure that the fabric doesn’t fray and also gives a nice finish. When you have finished, press both pieces.

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7. Lay both rectangles on top of the square (right sides together) and pin all the way round.

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How to Make a Zip-free Cushion Cover #Sewing

8. Sew along all four sides and back stitch when you come to where the back pieces overlap. This will make sure that they are reinforced and won’t pull apart.

Make sure you put the cushion somewhere that guests can admire it, ask you where you acquired it and generally comment on your excellent taste is.

9. When you have finished sewing clip the corners, this will make sure that the points are nice and sharp.

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10. Turn the cover right way out and use a chopstick, pencil or your finger to push out the corners.

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How to Make a Zip-free Cushion Cover #Sewing

11. When you are happy with your corners, insert the cushion pad and you are done.

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Make sure you put the cushion somewhere that guests can admire it, ask you where you acquired it and generally comment on your excellent taste is.

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  • Judith

    Hi
    As an ex fashion design student,(and from school needlework lessons) I was taught before using any fabric, get a straight edge first – which was always to pull a warp thread across. A rotary cutter or scissors will never get a perfectly straight edge!!

  • Andy Isaacs

    Hi Judith

    Thank you for the feedback!

    I wrote this tutorial with a beginner in mind – and without the need to be perfect.

    However you are right, to make a perfectly straight edge you could of course do as you suggest. This technique depends on the type and thickness of the fabric you are using, but the rough steps are as follows:

    First, pick out a single thread on the frayed edge (not selvage) of the fabric, in line with the cut you’d like to make and give it gentle but firm tug.
    As you pull, the fabric will bunch up a bit, creating a ruching effect. You will either be able to remove some, or all of the thread.
    In either case you will have a gap in the fabric where the thread used to be, if you cut along this line it will achieve a straight edge.
    Happy sewing!
    Andy

  • Lindsay Stewart

    Am I missing something, or do these instructions not say how much space to leave around the edges of the cushion when sewing? It just says “sew along all four sides”. Should I come in an inch? Half an inch? I have never sewn anything before so I have no experience of this and don’t know what to do.

    • Andy Isaacs

      Hi Lindsay, for some reason that wasn’t copied over from my instructions. The seam allowance is half an inch. Sorry for the delay.

  • Freya Monroe

    I love these! Any advice for styling pillows on a corner sofa or corner banquette bench? I get tripped up with the corner and don’t know where the pillows should go. Thanks! Have learned so much from you. Thank you.
    Visit – https://kcreative.co.uk/product/4-x-designer-cushion-cover-tree-pattern/

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