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Making your own cushions in 10 easy steps

Spruce up your living room with these gorgeous DIY ways to make your own cushions.


By Cleanipedia Team

Colourful cushions on a bed

Who doesn’t love a cushion? Not only are they uber-comfy, they also add a splash of colour to your decor. And because cushion covers are so easy to make, you can replace them whenever you want, meaning you can refresh the look of your living room in minutes, for pennies.

Making basic cushions for your sofa

First off, choose your material. As you probably know, we’re big fans of upcycling here at Cleanipedia. So do have a look to see if you have any material you can give a new life to. Old curtains, a tablecloth or a duvet cover would work well. Once you have your material, just follow the steps below:

  1. Wash and iron the fabric.

  2. Cut a square out of the material, five centimetres wider than the cushion pad.

  3. Cut two rectangles out of another piece of fabric, that are the same height as the first piece, but two-thirds of the width. C

  4. onfused by these first steps? If your cushion pad is 45cm x 45cm, you’d cut one square of 50cm x 50cm, and two rectangles of 50cm x 34cm.

  5. Hem one of the long sides of each of the two rectangles.

  6. Place the two rectangles on top of the square, so that each edge is aligned. You want them to be right-side together, so you’re looking at the reverse side of the fabric. The hemmed edges of the rectangles should overlap each other by a few centimetres.

  7. Pin the material in place.

  8. Sew around each of the four edges to join the rectangles to the square.

  9. Snip off the corners, making sure not to cut any stitches.

  10. Turn your cushion the right way round.

  11. Pop the cushion pad inside its brand new cover.

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Now you’re a dab hand at making your own cushion covers, why not get a bit more creative?

Making a buttoned cushion for your living room

Old shirts are just begging to be upcycled into cushions, and it’s even easier than the method above.

First off, cut a square out of the back of the shirt. Again, you want this square to be five centimetres wider than your cushion pad. But now you want to cut a second, matching square out of the front of the shirt. Keep the shirt fastened to do this and either line the buttons up vertically so they’re right in the centre of the square, or have them running from one corner diagonally to the opposite corner.

Undo a couple of the buttons and pin the two squares together, face-down. Sew the squares together, turn your new cushion cover the right way around and open the rest of the buttons to pop your pad in.

How to make a cushion with a pocket

“Why?” we hear you ask “would anyone want a cushion with a pocket?” Well, if you’re a five year old with a love for soft toys, a pocket is the perfect place to keep your best friend safe and cosy at night. OK, you may not be a five year old (unless you’re a very good reader, if which case, well done you), but we’re betting you know a young child who’d love their own pocket cushion. Luckily, they’re super easy to make.

You can, of course, just add a pocket to a cushion, but the easiest solution is to upcycle an old pair of trousers that already have a pocket in them. Jeans work particularly well. Just cut a square or rectangle out of the bum of the jeans, keeping as much fabric as possible and either one or both pockets.

Again, you want this piece of denim to be five centimetres wider and taller than your cushion pad. Cut the rectangles for the back of the cushion cover from the legs of the jeans, then follow the rest of the steps in the basic cushion guide above to complete your cover. Tada, one new cushion and one very happy five year old.

Fancy making some coordinating accessories to go with your new denim cushion? Check out these other ideas for upcycling your old jeans.

Originally published