The steps to making bolster covers and bolster cushions are very nearly the same. Traditionally bolster cushions were cylindrical in shape but they can also be rectangular which may help in the sewing of them. All that is different is an extra seam. Instead of making the body in one continuous piece of fabric, two halves would be needed instead.
Decide on how long and wide it is going to be and make your pattern
accordingly. You will need one continuous piece (for round) or two half pieces (for rectangular) for the body and two
rounded pieces for the ends. Make sure to allow an extra 2cms (3/4 in)
for seam allowance on the ends and if using two halves of material.
Pin the pattern on the wrong side of the material and cut out.
The type of fastening can be put in at this stage before the ends are sewn in place. This allows access if using a machine for a zip, velcro or buttonholes. If using tie or ribbon fastenings these can be put in place later when cover is finished.
After the fastening is in place the second seam can be sewn if using two halves.
Open the fastening half way to make it easier to turn the cover through if using a zip.
Keeping the cover wrong side out, take the rounded ends and place right sides together with the ends of the main piece, some easing into place may be required. Sew in place.
Turn right side out, through open gap or fastening.
Attach tie or ribbon fastening if needed. Place cushion pad inside opening.
The steps are very much the same if this is to be a bolster pad. After sewing seam(s), leaving the gap, and sewing the ends. Turn right side out and then the filling of your choice would be put in.
The gap would then to machined or top stitched closed.
The ends of these cushion covers can be altered to give different looks
Enjoy making your bolster covers and cushion pads..
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