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Remember the window seat that I recently made? As promised, here is the tutorial Tips for Making a Box Cushion Cover with Piping. I had never made one of these box cushion covers before but it was really rather easy.
Tips & Steps for Making a Box Cushion Cover with Piping
Step 1 – Fabric
Tip #1 Use “unconventional” fabric
The first thing I did was find the fabric. While I was at HomeGoods buying the pillows and throws, I went back to the bathroom accessories aisle and looked through the shower curtains. Shower curtains and tablecloths are two excellent fabric sources. I found a shower curtain that I liked and luckily there were two of them.
The first thing I did was to open up the shower curtain and place the cushion over it to be sure it was big enough. It certainly was. At first I thought I could get away with one shower curtain but in the end I couldn’t.
But there was plenty of fabric so I could just trim away the hemmed edges instead of opening up the hems. This was a huge time saver.
The next step was to make the piping. (While I did have fabric left over, there wasn’t enough to make the piping. Instead I bought solid gray in a heavy cotton that matched the background in the shower curtain.)
Step 2 – Piping
Tip #2 Make piping the “easy” way
I found this wonderful piping tutorial from Addicted 2 Decorating. I followed that tutorial exactly so I’ll just post a photo of my piping.
I was so pleased with this tutorial and how nice my bias cut piping turned out!
Step 3 – Cut fabric
You will need three pieces for each cushion cover:
Tip #3 Cut fabric 1″ larger than cushion
My cushions were 18-1/2″ wide by 55″ long. I cut my top and bottom pieces at 19-1/2″ wide x 56″ long. This extra inch allows for 1/2″ seam allowances.
Any time I can, I cut fabric using a rotary cutter, cutting mat, and acrylic cutting ruler. Me, my left-handedness, and scissors do not make a good combination for cutting a straight edge 😉
Next I measured the depth of the cushion and added an inch. This is how wide I cut the edge pieces. I sewed enough of these pieces together to form one long piece, equal to the perimeter of my cushion plus one inch for the seam allowance.
Step 4 – Make a sandwich & stitch
No, not that kind of sandwich 😉.
With right sides together, I pinned the top piece to the edge piece with the piping sandwiched in between.
I stitched together using 1/2″ seam allowance the whole way around, rounding at the corners.
When I was finished, I turned the fabric and saw this:
Yay! It worked!
Now I had to sew on the bottom. That meant it was time to make another fabric sandwich and stitch again. But this time, I left a rather large opening on one of the long sides for ease of turning and inserting the cushion.
Since I opted NOT to install a zipper this time (maybe another time), I had to insert my cushion and then hand sew the cover closed.
Which leads me to the last tip:
Tip #4 Wrap cushion with plastic wrap
It’s pretty near impossible to get the cover on the cushion without it. Go ahead. Try. See? What a difference.
I am pleased with how these cushion covers turned out. I really like that I didn’t spend a ton of money on expensive fabric for them. Now I won’t feel guilty when I tire of this fabric and want to change them out. I’m already thinking ahead to Christmas decorating!