Introduction: Simple Cushion Cover
I made it at TechShop!
This is a nice and easy exercise if you have just started using a overlock sewing machine.
This tutorial is for a 16in square cushion using a Serger sewing machine ( and an invisible zip).
Step 1: Tools and Materials
You will need the following materials:
Fabric Scissors, measuring tape, pins, pen or tailors chalk, thread (colour will depend on the colour of the fabric you choose), 16in invisible zip and half a yard of fabric (Pattern/colour of your choice) and a 16in pillow insert - most fabric shops will stock all those materials and in case you're in the SF area, I recommend http://califabrics.com/ on 2109 Mission St.
Please note that, if you're planning on making this cushion in any of the TechShop locations, you will need to have passed TechShop's Industrial Serger Sewing Machine SBU.
Step 2: Cutting Your Fabric/Pattern
Lay your fabric on a flat surface and using a measuring tape or ruler, make your markings and cut two 16in squares.
Please note that my choice to cut the fabric the same size as the pillow insert is so, the finished cushion has a 'fuller' appearance.
Step 3: Stitching the Zip
Fold one side of the fabric over and pin on the zip to the underside of one of the fabric squares.
Run it through the sewing machine, being careful to remove the pins as I you go along - as to make sure you don't break the machine, nor the pins (if you are not confident you can control the speed of the sewing machine you can use masking tape to keep the zip in place rather than pins).
Once you have done one side, do the same for the other square of the fabric.
This will be the hardest part of the whole job so pay attention and don't rush.
Step 4: Stitching the Sides
Once you have your zip stitched to both fabric squares, pin (or tape) the two perpendicular sides together - remember to have the fabric inside out. For better results keep the zip close and stitch.
Step 5: Stitching the Bottom
This is the final sewing stage, once again pin (or tape) the remaining side of the square together, this time with the zip opened and stitch.
Step 6: Finishing
Turn your cushion cover the right side out - iron it if you wish, put the pillow insert in, zip it up and enjoy your new cushion!