Sew your own: Cushion Covers

Buying a few new cushions is one of the simplest and cheapest ways to change the look of a room. It’s a great way to add a little pop of colour or texture wherever it’s needed. But have you ever considered making your own cushion cover? Even if the last time you used a sewing machine was at school, this is an easy and quick project for beginners.

Sewing machine needle

Not only will you save money, but there’s a much wider selection of fabric available by the metre than you can find on ready-made cushions. You can get the perfect match for your room - no more trawling round shops for that particular shade of yellow or lovely linen texture.

Think about using hand-printed fabric for a really unique look. Textile designers often sell yardage on Etsy, or  at local craft fairs. The US company Spoonflower also have thousands of fabric designs that they will print to order, or if you're feeling artistic you can even upload your own.

Brera Scacco Fuchsia Cushion from Designer's Guild

There's lots of tutorials out there for this simple project, so I’ve selected three of the best from around the web, especially for Heart Home blog readers:

1. These instructions from the Guardian are super simple. You’ll be whipping up a cushion cover in no time!

2. If you’re ready for something a bit more advanced, Sew Mama Sew will teach you how to add a zipper into the mix.

3. And if you’re after that professional look, Make It and Mend It will show you how to create a piped cushion.

Oranges and Lemons cushion from Tobyboo x Tina Crawford on CultureLabel

Here are my top tips for achieving the perfect finish:

  • Make the cushion cover just slightly smaller than the cushion pad. About 2 cm all the way round should do it. This will make the cushion look much fuller and stop you getting wrinkles (never a good look!)
  • Finish off the inside edges of your fabric so they don't fray. An easy way to do this is to zig-zag them with your sewing machine, or trim them with some pinking shears.
  • Do practice on cheaper fabric first, but don't buy fabric that you hate. It will put you off the whole process. It’s only worth spending time making something if you'll use the end result.
  • Think creatively! You won't need much material, so you could use off-cuts from curtains or upholstery, clothes that you've grown out of, or small pieces from the bargain bin at fabric shops.