I love this fabric, and I was very excited to be using it to make a present for some close family who are visiting from Australia…as its a canvas fabric I decided to make a homemade cushion cover, as it has been ages since I last made one, and I wanted to try out sewing a cord piped edging on it. And who can have too many cushions? (Although, to be honest..kids don’t like cushions being kept on the sofa’s!! so on that basis maybe I could have too many ;))
1. I decided to make it for a cushion pad of size 45 x 45 cm..so based on this I needed the following cuts of fabric:
piece 1: 47 cm x 47 cm (allowing for seam allowance of 1 cm on each edge…)
piece 2: 37.5 cm x 47 cm
piece 3: 24.5 cm x 47 cm (Note: piece 2 and piece 3 will over-lap by approx 13cm, and extra seam allowances for the flap are also being included in my measurements)
2. I also needed to make some bias binding out of the left over fabric, for my cushion edging…The Sewing Lofts tutorial is good for making continuous bias binding…I made a strip of width 4 cm (2 cm would be for the seam allowance and 2 cm for encasing the cord..):
3. I then sewed a hem on to one of the 47 cm edges of fabric pieces 2 and 3 (This would be the edges that will overlap each other to make the envelope opening for the cushion pad)…
…and then I overlapped the two pieces such that their combined width was 47 cm… I pinned them together and loosely sewed, along top and bottom edges, close to the edge, to make the next steps easier….
4. Next I prepared the cord piping by sandwiching the cord into the bias binding, and using my zipper foot to sewing it into the bias binding as close to the cord as possible…There should be approximately 1 cm of fabric the other side of the cord…..
A great tutorial I found helpful for the next few steps was lovethecountry.com..but hopefully you can follow me ok..!
5. Next I placed the two cushion-face fabrics with right sides together, and sandwiched the piping in-between the two (with the cord piping on the inside and the piping seam allowance lined up with the outer, raw edging of the cushion cover).Pin the piping into place as you go…
The distance between the cord piping seams on opposite sides of the cushion cover should be 45 cm, so that your cushion pad fits well…its worth checking this a few times as you are pinning the piping into place!
Tip:I found it it helps for this stage to pin the 4 cushion corners together before attempting to insert the piping, to stop them moving out of place…
When taking the piping around the corners, clip the piping seam allowance so that it goes around smoothly….
6. When you have been entirely around the cushion cover, the two ends of the piping should be pinned in such that they overlap as shown in the picture below (the ends are cut off neatly after the seam has been sewn..):
7. Next I sewed a seam around the cushion cover, through all the layers, as close to the piping as possible (and sewed over the overlapping cord edges in a smooth straight line…..).
8. Nearly done! Finally I zig-zag stitched the seam allowance with a close stitch (as cord fabric frays alot!) and trimmed the edges, corners and excess piping….
Ta dah! My finished homemade cushion cover, complete with cord piping (definitely worth the extra effort I think!):