These steps to making bolster cushions will be the same ones you would follow to cover an existing cushion pad. Making a separate cover will let you change the look of your cylindrical cushion.
The steps to making a) A bolster cushion or b) A bolster cover
Decide on how long and wide it is going to be and make your pattern accordingly. You will need one continuous piece for the body and two rounded pieces for the ends. Make sure to allow an extra 2cms (3/4 in) for seam allowance.
The ends of these cushion covers can be changed to include piping. This would then be stitched to the right side of the fabric after step 2 before the ends were sewn in place.
If the ends are to be tied then make the body longer in length, neaten the edges or finish off the ends of the material to be tied as this would still be seen. Place inner pad inside the cover and then either tie the ends of the material itself or use cord or ribbon.
Sometimes the ends can be gathered and then finished off by placing a button over the middle.
This is done by making the rounded ends into smaller tube shapes. Sew one end as in step 3 and at the other end of the same piece make a hem casing to pull a cord or a tape through.
When the pad is
inserted tighten the cord or tape, secure this by knotting or sewing.
Then cover the end with a button, tassel or bow.