Sew a One-Piece Cushion Without a Zip

About: Hi; I'm Andrea. I am passionate about DIY projects and I focus on creating lovely for less. My days are filled with bringing the ideas in my head - to life. Aside from that, I'm a grandma who just stepped i...

Sewing a cushion cover without a zip is a great starter lesson. It is small and easy to make; requiring little materials and time. Selecting fabrics for your pillow can be a fun adventure as well. Explore new and vintage textiles and remember drapery, or clothing you may have planned to discard are fabric sources too. If the thought of inserting zippers make you uneasy, this project is for you. It is simple and targets individuals with beginner level sewing skills.

Step 1: Measuring and Cutting


The most basic style of cushion cover is called a knife edge or envelope. It generally uses two or three pieces of fabric; this project uses one. It is my go-to when I want to make a quick change or refresh the decor.

Measure and cut fabric to size.

Prewash fabrics to avoid shrinkage after making covers; this applies especially if you're using cotton.

Step 2: Pressing and Hemming

Make a 1 1/2" fold toward wrong side of fabric and press; turn pressed fold about 1/2" under and and stitch at short edges.

Step 3: Folding and Overlapping

With right sides together, fold and overlap fabric to accommodate desired cover size.

Step 4: Stitching Seams

On wrong side of folded fabric, sew a 1/2" seam at both sides; turn cover right side out; insert pillow form.

Notes: As pillows/cushions are squishy objects, measurements are not hard and fast.

For taut, firm pillows, measure and cut fabrics the same size as insert.

For looser, more relaxed fit, measure and cut fabrics according to desired fit.

Firm pillow forms can cause this style of cover to gape at overlapping areas. Eliminate the issue by sewing snaps or hook and loop tape to the parts that lie over each other.

I hope you enjoy choosing fabrics and sewing your cushion covers. Make as many or as few as you like.

One thing is sure; completing them in such short time will leave you with a sense of satisfaction.

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