Simple Cushions

Image of a simple square cushionThese are the easiest cushions to make even if you have limited sewing skills.

Simple cushions can be made in all weights of fabric from lightweight cottons to heavyweight velvets.

They can be made to match, contrast or coordinate with your soft furnishings, be left plain or enhanced by adding lace, braid or fringing.

The instructions below are for a simple square cushion which can be used to complement a sofa, add a finishing touch to a chair or enhance the look of a bed.

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  • Square cushion pad in the desired size.
  • Fabric of your choice.
  • Braid, lace or fringing, if required, enough for the circumference of the cushion pad.
  • Matching thread.

Making a Simple Square Cushion:

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  1. Measure the cushion pad, place the tape measure seam to seam and add a seam allowance of 0.5" (12 mm) to all edges.
  2. Cut out 2 pieces of fabric to the chosen size including the seam allowance.
  3. Place the 2 pieces of fabric with right sides together. Pin and stitch around the 4 corners and 3 sides, leaving an opening in the centre of the remaining side big enough to insert the cushion pad. Fasten the ends of the threads securely.
  4. Turn the cover right side out and insert the cushion pad.
  5. Turn under the raw edges of the opening in line with the remainder of the seam and slipstitch.
  6. If required, stitch braid, lace or fringing to the right side using a small backstitch.

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