How to sew and make your own cushions?


You want to personalize your living room or your reading corner, or the bedrooms of your house, whether yours, those of children or friends, here is a simple idea within everyone’s reach: make your own cushions. With a touch of imagination, you will give a colorful and cocooning touch to all those spaces that just need you to feel good, comfortable and relaxed.

What you need to sew cushions

In the first place, if you don’t want to sew everything by hand, you better have a sewing machine, either you have one of your own, or you borrow one from around you, from a friend or from a platform. ‘exchange or loan of equipment. Also bring your sewing box filled with scissors, spools of threads of colors matching the fabrics, pins, etc.

You will first have chosen the printed fabric that you like, by purchasing the necessary yardage according to the number of cushions to be made, their size and their shape.

To facilitate their maintenance, it is better to plan to make removable cushion covers, that is to say with a small invisible zipper of 22 cm. This will allow you to extract the cushion for easy washing when it becomes dirty or stained.

Create your own cushions

Either you have old cushions and you just have to cover them by sewing a cover, or you start from nothing and have to buy or make the filling cushions. Let’s see how to make a 40 x 40 cm filling cushion, which is a standard size, for example.

In a white cotton canvas, cut a piece measuring 82 cm x 42 cm, which leaves you 1 cm for the seams. Fold the long part to make a square; you will have, at the fold, one of the sides of the cushion. Sew the two side edges, as well as the fourth side, leaving it 10 cm open. Turn the pocket thus sewn on the right side and fill it with polyester foam flakes, kapok, cotton wool or feathers, depending on the density that suits you. The more you fill, the more you will have a firm cushion. Close the remaining opening with pins and hand-sew both edges. You can also machine sew them, making sure to sew as close to the edge as possible so that it does not form a flat edge.

From there you can sew your cover in your chosen printed upholstery fabric, in the same pattern. Except that the fourth side of the cover must be sewn only partially, over 9 cm at each end; on the remaining 22 cm in the center, you will attach the zipper.

You can cut the 4 corners of the fabric to make them less protruding and easier to turn over, then overcast the edges of the seams so that the fabric does not unravel especially when washing. There you have it, all you have to do is insert your filling cushion inside the cover, pull up the zipper and admire your work!