Follow our step-by-step instructions for how to make a cushion cover or have a go at one of our more decorative designs to add a stylish flourish to any home

Making a basic cushion cover is simple with our step-by-step video guide and, once you’ve mastered this easy design, have a go at sewing our other cushion projects.

How to make a cushion cover

1. Measure your cushion pad (or check size on label) and add 3cm to each measurement to allow for 1.5cm seam allowances. Using a ruler, set square and dressmakers’ chalk pencil, mark out this area on your fabric, once for the cushion front and again, for the back. If you want to centre a pattern or motif, or cut lots of cushion pieces, make a pattern from tracing paper, position on your fabric and draw round. Cut out pieces and iron.

2. Pin the cushion front and back together with right sides facing and tack 1.5cm in from edges round three sides and four corners, leaving a gap on one side. Machine-stitch close to tacking, reversing for a few stitches to secure thread ends. Remove tacking.

How to make a cushion cover tack

3. On heavier-weight fabrics, such as velvets, clip across the corners to remove bulk. Alternatively, to give sharp, slightly padded corners on lightweight fabrics, fold the double seam allowance down on both sides, pressing along stitching line, then at top and bottom.

4. Turn cushion cover right side out, press and insert cushion pad. Using a needle and matching thread, slip stitch opening to close.

Other cushion cover makes to try

If you are a knitter, we have some gorgeous cushion patterns available on The Knitting Network.

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