If you have access to a sewing machine, cushion covers have to be one of your first projects while learning to sew. There are no seams showing (so not as much pressure to sew in a straight line), only 4 edges and if you are tricky about which technique you use you can get away without knowing how to sew in a zipper.
Since making your own cushion covers is so easy (and requires very little material) – it is a quick and low-cost way to update your lounge room. You can even use old cushion inserts for your new cushion covers!
When I first saw this yellow spotted quilt cover from Country Road I was smitten. Yet, I wasn’t sure that I wanted to commit to such a bold quilt cover that I might end up getting sick of. It is now on sale if you are lucky enough to find it in store, or if you want to use it as inspiration for a DIY I’m about to show you how! The first thing to do is to purchase some supplies. You will need the following:
- Cushion insert x however many cushions you want to make
- Fabric (I never know how much to buy but 1.5m gave me plenty of left overs)
- Paint (I used water soluble house-paint – Taubmans Hi Chroma Yellow. If you only want enough for this project just buy sample pot at your local hardware store).
- Round sponge for painting
- Thread, sewing machine, pins
I found that it is best to cut your fabric first before painting so that you can lay out where the spots are. I basically followed this tutorial but altered it a little to have the front of the cushion be a single square and then the back of the cushion be sewn in two overlapping pieces as I thought it would improve the appearance and layout of the spots (and it worked with the fabric pieces I had). My front piece of fabric measured 17 x 17 inches (43x43cm), with the back pieces measuring approx. 17 x 12 inches and 17 x 10 inches to give a decent overlap. Lay out your fabric on a protected area (I used a massive cardboard box) and get painting your pattern.
I purchased circular shaped sponges which made it really easy to stamp multiple circles, going back for more paint in between stamps. To get your spots evenly spaced, start with the centre dot along each edge of fabric. Then you can do the corners and then fill in the gaps. Since I thought the pattern was likely to be imperfect, that was the look that I aimed for from the beginning, so I didn’t stop and fix up any of the spots or fill in gaps that had not been painted, and I loved the result! After allowing your fabric to dry for a sufficient period, get sewing! Ensure your painted edges are facing each other throughout the sewing process so that it is ‘right side out’ when you turn it inside out at the end. Iron flat and stuff with your cushion insert.
Hurrah! You just created your own cushions!! I’m thinking of trying this with neon pink triangles too…
Photos from: my camera & Country Road website