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Cushion covers are easy: they are small, require little material and don’t take up a lot of sewing time. Besides, spring’s already here, with a little twist; you can whip up some covers, without zippers to start your spring decorating.


Medium weight fabric large enough to cover entire pillow form; with over lapping back panels and a 3-inch band all around

Sewing machine

Thread Pins - straight and safety Scissors

Pillow form

Tape measure and ruler

Dressmaker’s chalk or water soluble pen

Topstitch: Generally, a straight stitch that runs parallel to edges and seams.

Backstitch: To stitch forward and backward more than once at the starting and end points of seams. It prevents seams from unraveling. It also strengthens areas where stitches are prone to breaking.

Note: Besides plain muslin, any other cotton or fabric that frays will obtain comparable results.

Step 1: Measure Pillow Form to Calculate and Cut Front Panel

Making self fringed cushion covers


To calculate the amount of fabric you will need, measure pillow height and width from edge to edge in both directions. If your pillow is a square, both measurements will be the same. If it’s a rectangle, one side will be longer; the process is identical.

From measurements obtained; add a 3 inch border all around. Let’s say your form is (18”x18”) you’ll need to cut your fabric at (24”x24”) as previously mentioned, use the same method, for a rectangular form.

Step 2: Using Front to Calculate and Back Panels Measurement

With front pattern piece as a guide, cut 2 pieces of fabric ¾ times the size of front panel length.
Note: To obtain back panels measurement, divide length of any side of front panel by 4 and multiply the result by 3 .

For rectangles, calculate and cut the ¾ length measurements lengthwise.

Tip: An easy way to find back panel size without a tape measure or calculations is to fold the front panel in four; then, unfold leaving a single fold in place. The distance between the folded and raw edges is your back panel height.

Step 3: Marking and Preparing Front Panels

On right side of front panel, with a ruler, and dressmaker’s chalk, draw a 3-inch border in from the edges of all 4 sides.

Step 4: Hemming Back Pieces

(a) With the wrong sides of fabric facing up, along the longer side of pattern piece, turn over a 1-inch fold press and pin. (b) Create a double fold by turning first fold over again; press and pin. Use a medium length machine stitch to hem both back panels.

Step 5: Aligning, Overlapping and Pinning Back Pieces

With right sides of back panels facing up, stack, align and overlap pieces to match front panel measurements. Pin layers together along both hemlines to prevent fabric from shifting.

Step 6: Pinning Front and Back Panels Together

Place front panel on a flat surface, right side down. With right side of pinned back panel facing up, place the back panel on top of front. Ensuring layers are flat, pin panels together about half inch inside marked line on all sides.

Step 7: Stitching Front and Back Panels Together

Set machine on a small zigzag stitch; with front side of panel up; remove any pins from stitch path; topstitch all around at outer edge of marked line.
It is acceptable for edge of zigzag stitches to touch marked line. Alternately, use 2 rows of straight stitches. Backstitch twice at the beginning and end of all stitches.

Step 8: Cutting Away Unwanted and Bulk Fabric to Create Fringe

Use scissors to cut out corners and remove upper layers of fabric where it overlaps. Begin making 1/4” wide cuts, through both layers of fabric, from edge to stitch line around entire border. You are not after perfection here; try to avoid cutting into stitches.

Step 9: Choose to Wash Cover Before Using or Not

Congratulations; your cushion cover is finished! Now, slip in your pillow form and enjoy. Or choose to toss it in the wash; which will create a marked difference in the fringe appearance. See images above: At left, fringe before washing; at right, fringe after washing.

Either way, many thanks for stopping by and reading.

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