How to make a cushion cover in less than 30 minutes

Learn how to make a cushion cover in just 4 simple steps

A series of cushions lined up against a wall
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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

Learn how to make a cushion cover with our step-by-step video guide. Whether sewing for yourself, for others or even to sell on, cushion covers add personality to every home and a universally in demand.  Once you’ve mastered this easy design, have a go at sewing our envelope cushion cover too. Need to update your equipment? Read our guide to the best sewing machines.

How to make a cushion cover

Step 1

Measure your cushion pad (or check the 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 center 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.

Step 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.

Cushion cover

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Step 3

On heavier-weight fabrics, such as velvets, clip excess fabric 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 the stitching line, then at the top and bottom.

Step 4

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

In the future, if you want to try something a bit more complicated, read our guide about how to make piping for a cushion.  Piping will add a pretty design detail to your soft furnishings.

And, if you're eager to create more handmade, special pieces, you can also read our guide to how to make a lavender pillow, and our list of easy sewing projects.

Esme Clemo
Esme Clemo

Our in-house craft expert, Esme Clemo, has been working within the craft magazine industry for eight years, having turned a sewing hobby into her career. She's adept in a number of crafts, including sewing, papercraft, calligraphy, embroidery and printing and has also completed an interior design course with the University of Arts London,


There’s nothing she doesn’t know about DIY and interiors. Everything in her home and wardrobe has a DIY twist and she knows all the tools needed for getting the job done - meaning she has a very hands-on approach when it comes to testing out products for our reviews.