This weekend I was reading through Jennifer’s Spring Home Tour at Dimples and Tangles (the photo above is her stunning entryway) and was inspired by all the pretty colours in her home. This is unusual for me – I don’t do colour. Navy blue is about as colourful as I get. After drooling over all her pictures though, I had this sudden urge for hot pink so I thought I’d whip up a few cushion covers for the family room couch.
Now, I’m not a seamstress. All my sewing friends, please don’t read any further because you’re going to be appalled at my laziness with these DIY cushion covers. For everyone else, read on! Cushion covers are super easy to make, they take minutes to sew, and they’re a great way to change up your decor without making any drastic or permanent decisions.
Lazy tip #1: cut out two squares of fabric with pinking shears. This will limit fraying without the need to hem/zigzag/serge the edges. Place right sides together and sew down one side using a long stitch. Lazy tip #2: don’t bother pinning. That’s right, don’t even bother. You’re not making a ball gown, it’s a square cushion cover. Just hold the pieces together and start sewing!
Open your zipper up and lay it face down on your seam. Sew one side of the zip in place. (See lazy tip #2 – don’t bother pinning.)
Once the first side is done, zip the zipper closed and sew the second half down. Lazy tip #4: sew the entire cushion cover using whatever mismatched colour thread is already on your machine. Because really, who’s going to notice or care?
Now that the zipper is sewn in, flip your fabric over so it’s right side up. Then take your seam-ripper (stitch unpicker) and run it along the seam. This will reveal your perfectly placed zipper underneath.
Unzip the zipper, fold your two pieces of fabric right sides in again, and sew the remaining three sides together. Finished! Turn your cushion cover right side out (that’s why you had to unzip the zipper first) and stuff with a cushion insert.
These are the fabrics I chose for the three cushions I made during nap time. The polka dot fabric was 50c at my local thrift store! I added pink and white piping for a hint of extra fun. The hot pink zebra print is bright, cheerful and loud (I’ll live with it for a few days and if it’s too loud I’ll put it in one of the kids’ rooms). The navy/white bamboo lattice fabric is one of my absolute favourites – I only had a scrap left so I made a small lumbar pillow with it.
These new cushions really liven up this corner and tie in with the colourful toys on the bookcase. I literally had to hold the kids back to take this photo. A few seconds later they pulled all the cushions onto the floor and were surfing on them.
So that’s my lazy girl’s guide to zippered cushion covers. They really are quick and easy. Plus, if you keep an eye out for fun fabric at thrift stores, they can be super cheap too!