How to make cushions

Wondering how to make cushions can seem quite daunting. Some can be made in a very simple, basic way and can be a good way to learn how to

  • start sewing,
  • get used to a sewing machine
  • get used to the basic stitches

This can lead to more complicated sewing such as

  • putting in zips,
  • sewing in gussets
  • sewing different shapes.

Before you know it you will be onto making clothes.

The one part I love about sewing is that you are the designer, there are no hard and fast rules. If it is how you like it then it is perfect.

Enjoy and experiment with the lovely fabrics, fastenings but most of all have fun.

When I started making this site and found that many pages of information had to be written about our chosen topic, I froze.

What could I say about these great soft furnishings? I thought I could reach about 20 pages if that but then after I had really thought about it, there is quite a lot that needs to be decided and there are some that I have stretched the cushion theme but they all are padded items.

There are a few considerations to think about such as

  • what room is the cushion for?
  • Does it need to be hard wearing?

This will then give the question of what type of fabric to use. It can feel like a never ending list but once these have been made the sewing process will flow. 



How to make cushions - Before starting to sew


There are a few elements to consider which are the same as if you are buying a cushion.

These are deciding on what design whether iit is boxed, frilled or bolster etc. Usually cushions are square but is this the shape you want? The bolster shape fits great into the small of your back or neck.

Getting the right fabric for where the cushion is going to go is a must also.

And then decide on the filling if you are going to make all of the cushion, but no need for this decision if you are covering a existing cushion. 


Once you have decided on these then the actual making of the cushion can begin.

Not all cushions need a pattern but if this would make you feel better and give step by step instructions these can be bought.

Patterns can also be made as well or just cut the fabric to the right size.

Sometimes the type of fastening can decide the width of seam to make for the opening. Hook and loop fastening is a set width and would look odd if the seam was narrower.

By using vintage fabric and look then "new vintage" cushions can be made.


How to make cushions to your design


Different items like a frill can be added which can be a single or double one using the same or contrasting fabric or one of each.

Making a gusset will give depth and are usually used when making seating for outside chairs or chair bases.These are called box cushions.

Fastenings can be hard to fix into place and practising will make it easier. Sometimes fastenings are also used as decoration. There is one cover that has no fastenings at all.

These can be made by using a lot of different crafts and made in traditional patchwork patterns or experiment on your own patterns.

Other decorations such as embroidery, cross stitch or appliqué turns the simple cushion into a complex decorative addition to compliment any room.



Cushions with a Difference

Not all cushions are the same but they all help in our lives, where would we be without a soft knee protector when kneeling on hard surfaces.

Some have jobs to do and help around the house and garden. While others hide a quilt inside that can be used as an extra cover when the temperature falls. This could be while camping, travelling or sitting watching television.

Many handicrafts and sewing crafts produce lovely cushions.



Decorative Cushions or Pillows

This type of soft furnishing are known as pillows in some parts of the world. They both are used in the same way as a decoration for your room or for added comfort while sitting.

There is such a lot of lovely fabrics available in lots of different colours and designs to suit most homes. There are many outlets such as  Minerva Crafts as well as a few more on my shopping page.


There is a lot of scope for your imagination in all aspects of sewing so have fun in learning how to make cushions and enjoy.


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