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Envelope Cushion Cover from One Piece of Fabric – Easiest Cushion Cover Ever

This is the easiest cushion cover you will ever make, trust me.  I ran these three up in no time at all.

easy envelope cushion cover tutorial

***Scroll to the bottom of this post to watch the full video tutorial***

What You Need
This will fit a 14″ cushion insert

  • 1 piece of fabric measuring 14½” x 36″

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Method

  • Lay the fabric down and draw a ¼” line from the edge of each of the short edges. Use a Frixion pen or water erasable pen. (DO NOT USE a BallPoint Pen). You can eyeball the ¼” if you wish, I personally prefer to draw a line so I know it’s straight.
  • Add a 1″ line from the ¼” line.

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  • Fold the fabric along the ¼” line that you have drawn and press.

envelope cushion cover tutorial

  • Then fold over the 1″ line and press.

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  • Sew about and 1/8th of an inch along the top edge and also along the edge of the  1″ fold.
  • Do this for both ends.
  • This gives a nice neat finish to our turn ups on the cushion back

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  • Fold the material in half.  Finger press or give the folded material a quick press just to give you a centre line crease to work with.

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  • The fabric should be facing right side up.
  • Lay the centre crease line along a line on your mat, any line will do. I used the 16″ mark.

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  • Bring up one of the ends and lay it, right side facing down, so that the folded edge overlaps the creased centre line by 4″.

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  • Since mine is lined up on the 16″ mark, I will bring my fabric edge over to the 12″ mark.

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  • Bring up the other end and lay it so that it overlaps the other end and the middle line by 4″ .
  • Watch the video below if this part seems a little confusing.

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  • Sew both sides together with a ¼” seam. Back stitch at the beginning and the end of each row.

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  • You are now ready to turn the cushion cover through.

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  • Just insert your 14″ cushion and you are done.

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See I told you it was the easiest cushion cover you were ever going to make.

WATCH THE VIDEO TUTORIAL

Easy Envelope Cushion Cover – 16″

We made these cushions using a left over layer cake square for one of them, and for the others we cut fabric from our scrap stash.

They look lovely when they are finished and they take hardly any  time at all to make.

The measurements are for a 16″ finished cushion cover.

What You Need:

  • 1 @ 10″ square for the centre piece.
  • 2  strips @ 10″ x 1¾” (for the top and bottom sashing)
  • 2  strips @ 12½”x 1¾” ( for the side sashing)

Border:

  • 2  strips @ 12½” x 2½” (for the top and bottom border)
  • 2 strips @ 16½” x 2½” ( for the side borders)

Cushion Cover Back:

  • 2  pcs @ 13″ x 16½”

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Method:

Cushion Cover Front:

  • Sew the two short side sashing strips, one to the top  and one to the bottom of the centre piece.
  • Press the seams to the outside edge.

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  • Sew the long sashing strips, one on each side of the centre piece.
  • Press the seams to the outside edge.

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  • Sew the small border pieces to the top and bottom of the centre piece.
  • Press the seams to the outside edge.

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  • Sew the long border pieces to the sides of the centre piece.
  • Press to the outside edge.

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Cushion Cover Back:

  • This is how to give the top of the envelope pieces a nice, neat finish.envelope-cushion-cover,sewing,craft
  • Draw a line a ¼” along the long edge.
  • Fold along the line.
  • Press.
  • Draw a line 1″ from the pressed edge as shown in the image below.
  • Fold along the line.
  • Press.
  • Top stitch approx 1/16″ in from the 1″ fold line.
  • Top stitch approx 1/16″ along the edge of the 1″ folded edge as shown below.
  • Repeat with the other backing piece.

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  • Lay the front of your cushion cover, right side up, on your workspace.
  • Lay one of the back cover pieces, right sides down, on top of the front pieceenvelope-cushion-cover,sewing,craft
  • Lay the other back cover piece so that it overlaps the first back cover piece.

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  • Pin around the edge taking particular care when pinning the overlapped pieces. You want to make sure that the underneath piece doesn’t move while you are sewing, so pin it well.
  • Sew around the edge with a ¼” seam.

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  • Clip the corners taking care not to cut your stitching.
  • Turn through and press.
  • If you like a full, poofy look then insert a 16″ cushion insert. If you prefer a not so full look then use a 14″ or 15″ cushion insert.

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These cushion covers are so quick and easy to make.

You can also change the look of the front as you can see in the purple and black cushion cover.  Here I have made the centrepiece section smaller and increased the size of the sashing and border.

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Charm Square – Patchwork Cushion Cover Tutorial

Patchwork Cushion Cover

Patchwork Cushion Cover

Watch the Video or scroll down for written instructions…

These charm square cushion covers are so easy to make you can sew up lots of them for gifts or simply to scatter on your lounge. Did I say easy!!!!! They sure are and quick.

Charm Square Cushion Cover Materials

What you need:

  • 9 charm squares or 9″ x 5″ squares cut from your favourite fabrics -I used ‘Prints Charming’ by Sandy Gervais for Moda, for todays tutorial.
  • A piece of batting 16″ x 16″ – we will have to trim it but I like to have a little too much than not enough.
  • A piece of backing 18½” x 15″ – this will be cut in half to measure  9¼” x 15″ NOTE: In hindsight I would have liked to have the overlap a little bigger on the back. So I would  now cut the backing piece to 20½” x 15″ which would be cut in half to measure  2 pieces 10¼” x 15″. This way if you get a puffy insert you won’t run the risk of there being a gap.
  • 2 pieces for border 1″ by wof (width of fabric usually 40″).
  • A 14″ cushion insert.

Method:
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  • Lay out your pieces so that they look just how you want them to look.
  • Take a photo with your iPhone or android. This will help you remember how the pattern is supposed to look as you take the pieces to sew.

Charm Square Cushion Cover Tutorial

  • Sew each row by placing the first square over the second square, pin and sew together with a ¼” seam. Now place the second square over the third and once again pin and sew together with a ¼” seam.
  • Do this for each of the three rows.

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  • Press all the seams on row 1 in one direction, row 2 in the opposite direction and row 3 in the same direction as row 1.

Charm Square Cushion Cover Tutorial

  • Sew the rows together by laying the top three squares in row 1 on top of the squares in row 2, pin and sew with a ¼” seam.You will notice that the squares butt nicely together because of how we pressed the seams at the start.
  • Repeat by pinning and sewing these two rows to the third row again using a ¼” seam.
  • Press these seams open – We do this to reduce the bulk in the joins.

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  • Centre your square piece on your batting piece. There will be excess batting around the square piece, we want this.
  •  Pin the front square piece to the batting using quilting pins, do be careful of placement of the pins as  we are going to be topstitching over each block.

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  • Sew across each of the squares diagonally.
  • This will fix the front square piece to the batting piece.

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  • Now lay a piece of the 1″ border strip, right sides together, along the edge of the square piece, not the batting piece. Pin and sew in place. Carefully trim the border to line up with the squares. Take care not to cut the batting. Do the same with the opposite border.
  • Press the border pieces open.

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  • Next lay a border strip from the edge of the border you have just sewn on down along the edge of the squares and over the border strip at the other end. Pin and sew with ¼” seam. Repeat on the other side.

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  • Trim any excess batting away.

Next take your piece of 18½” x 15″ piece of fabric and cut it in half. You will now have 2 pieces of fabric measuring 9¼” x 15″.

Charm Square Cushion Cover Tutorial

  • On each piece of fabric, draw a line ¼” along the 15″ edge , and then draw another ¼” line from the first line. Finger press along the first line, to give a bit of a fold in. Then fold in along the second line and press with the iron.
  • Topstitch along the edge to give you a nicely folded hem.

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  • Lay each piece, right sides facing,  on top of  your main piece and pin. you will not there is an overlap in the middle, and this is just what we want as this will be our envelope opening.
  • Sew ¼” seam. around all four sides.  I run off at the corners, turn the piece around and start again from the  edge.

Turn the cushion through to the right side to make sure everything looks okay and all edges are neatly sewn.

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  • Turn the cover back to the wrong side and clip the corners.  Be very careful not to clip the stitching on the seam lines.  I like to remove some of the bulk by snipping from the corner up about an inch, on an angle. Your corners will sit nicely without all that bulk.
  • Turn the cushion cover to the right side and carefully push out the corners. Press the cushion cover and insert the cushion pad.

Push the cushion into one half of the cover, fold the cushion in half and it will slip easily into the other half of the cover. fluff it out a bit and push it around into the corners. Cushions tend to want to bunch in the middle when you first put them into a cover. But this will even out with use.

And there you have it, quick and easy and a nice way to brighten up a room.

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