Brighten up your sofa ready for spring with this simple DIY Envelope Cushion Cover | Easter Inspired. No need to buy new inners, just up-cycle old cushions! You’ll be amazed how new cushion covers can totally change the look of a sofa brightening up the whole room! Now first of all “Yes”, this does require a sewing machine but if I can do it, then anyone can. A simple straight stitch is all that’s needed and a sewing machine of course (unless you sew by hand).
I understand that money can be tight at this time of year, so if you don’t have the use of a sewing machine, you could hand sew this pillow together. You would just need to mark the fabric so you know where to sew. You could also upcycle some unused fabric! This could be anything from a shirt to a pair of curtains, but its best to keep away from really thin fabrics.
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I used my absolute favourite Ticking Stripe Fabric.
I used this for the first time on last weeks blog where I re-upholstered and an old ottoman seat. It was an absolute dream to work with as the fabric is nice and thick. I couldn’t wait to make a matching cushion cover for this weeks DIY.
I usually rely on flowers to brighten up a room, but now I can make cushion covers too!! Although I do LOVE my bunch of Hydrangea for impact! Sometimes I lay a single stem Hydrangea under my Sideboard for a little burst of white (shown further down this post).
Here’s what I used for this project:
- Fabric Scissors
- Sewing Machine
- Hessian for the motif
- Fabric Glue
- Old cushion (you can leave the old cover on if you want). Or a new cushion inner.
- Tape Measure
- Ticking Stripe Fabric
- Brush or Sponge
- Sewing Machine
Let’s Make a DIY Envelope Cushion Cover | Easter Inspired!
Step 1. Measure the height and width of the cushion you want to cover.
If you’re upcycling an old cushion, you can leave the old cover on to give it more structure. Here’s the old cushion I recovered. (Mine is 16″x16″ including the cover).
(If you would like to see how I made the vintage rabbit cushion on the left of the photo, click here to watch the video)
Step 2. Next, you need to cut your fabric to size, it’s easy to work out! Just add an extra inch to the height making a 16″ cushion 17″. Then double the width and add 8″ for the overlap, (so for a 16″ wide cushion that’s 16″ x 2 = 32″ + 8″ = 40″). Simple! You can use the equation on any size cushion when making it with an envelope back.
Here’s more examples:
16″ x 16″ Cushion ~ Cut fabric to 17″ x 40″
18″ x 18″ Cushion ~ Cut fabric to 19″ x 44″
20″ x 20″ Cushion ~ Cut fabric to 21″ x 48″
14″ x 20″ Cushion ~ Cut fabric to 15″ x 48″
Here’s my Ticking Stripe Fabric cut to 17″ x 40″. I saved the offcuts for later!
Step 3. Lay the fabric face down then turn over the shorter end by a quarter of an inch. Use a hot iron to press it flat.
Step 4. Keeping the ironed end folded, turn it over three-quarters of an inch, then iron flat. Repeat this with the other short end.
Here’s what the ends should look like.
Step 5. Run a straight stitch along the fold furthest away from the end. Repeat this to the other end.
Step 6. With the fabric lying FACE DOWN, fold the two ends into the centre overlapping them slightly.
Step 7. Measure the width of the folded fabric. It needs to be the same width as the cushion or inner that your using.
Adjust the overlapped fabric ends as required.
Step 8. Sew a straight stitch along both of the open ends. (Your cover should be inside out). You could pin this before you sew it if you’re worried about it moving out of line. I didn’t bother as this fabric is quite thick and didn’t move.
Now your cushion cover is made!
Step 9. Turn your cushion cover inside out. Making sure to push the corners out properly.
Step 10. Push your cushion/inner inside the cover.
You should have a nice neat opening on the back. Sometimes if you use a soft squidgy pillow, this opening might look baggy. If this is the case, you might want to sew two thin strips of fabric to attach to either side of the opening so they can be tied together closing the opening. Or for a quick solution, you could sew on some Velcro Tape.
You can easily pull the cushion inner out through the envelope opening for washing!
Add a motif to your cover to bring it to life!
You might recognise this as my Minnie Days Logo!
Step 1. Simply draw or print out an image. Download your FREE Printable Jumping Rabbit here.
Step 2. Cut the image out.
Step 3. Lay the image (wrong way round) on the hessian.
Step 4. Draw around the image with a felt pen.
Step 5. Cut the image out of the hessian.
Step 6. Lay the rabbit motif (wrong way round) onto some paper.
Step 7. Apply fabric glue to the motif by carefully dabbing it on with a brush or sponge.
Step 8. Finally, peel the paper from the motif then carefully position the rabbit into place on the cushion cover.
Press down then leave to dry. (Don’t worry about the white glue showing through the hessian, it drys clear).
I cut a thin strip of the Ticking Stripe Fabric and tied it to my linen rabbit ornament. He’s looking smart now and ready for spring!
This is my favourite room, its an extension added to the farmhouse and leads to the hall. It’s always nice and light due to three windows and a half glass door. I wish my office desk would fit in here. But this is our entrance room, so its full of wellies, shoes, coats and bags sitting just out of shot! I like to keep this room looking nice as it’s the first thing you see when you open the front door or look through it!
I’m thinking about making some roman blinds out of this Ticking Stripe Fabric. Hope I’ve got enough left!
As soon as the dog sees me with the camera, she’s posing in the shots!
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