These cushion covers are quick and easy, all you need to do is sew straight lines. Once you get the hang of them, you’ll be able to redecorate a room in a couple of hours. Best of all, depending on your fabric choice, these cushions can cost less than $20 each.


  • 120cm x 60cm Heavy cotton or light canvas material
  • 1 Matching cotton thread
  • 1 Iron and ironing board
  • 1 Sewing machine
  • 20 Pins
  • 1 Measuring tape
  • 1 Pair of scissors
  • 50cm x 50cm Cushion insert


  1. Fold 2cm along each short edge of the material. (Wrong sides together). Iron the crease then sew to make a seam.
  2. Lay the material on the ironing board, right side up, then fold the short ends in (the ones you've just sewn) so that they overlap. These form the envelope that you slip your cushion insert into. Adjust the overlap so that the length of the cushion cover is 50cm. Bear in mind that the cushion cover is inside out at the moment. Iron the creases to mark how long your cushion cover will be.
  3. Next, you need to mark out the sides of the cover. Working from the sides that have not been sewn yet, measure 50cm across the cover, and mark with pins, all the way down each side. You need to leave a seam allowance each side of your pins - so you have a 50cm square marked out between your ironed edges and the pins going down each unsewed side.
  4. Sew all the way down each side, where you have marked with pins.
  5. Turn your cushion cover inside out, revealing a 50cm square cushion cover, with a envelope flap on one side to open and stuff with your insert!


I use down filled cushions from ikea - they are washable, soft, plump and comfy, and are less than $10 each!

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  • kyliebaby22
    • 26 Nov 2014
      4:30 pm

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  • Very easy and quick ! I prefer a cushion cover with a zip; it just sits a bit more neat.


  • Sew a straight line, I can’t see straight :(. On a serious note, they look fantastic, and sound rather easy, thanks for sharing. Will have to give it a try.


  • I love your bird fabric, I’ve made these before there great!


  • A good way to make a new look for the couch


  • I love making my own cushions covers.


  • You make it sound and look easy but I’d be sure to stuff it up. I’m afraid I have to rely on stores for my cushion covers.


  • Great work. We just buy cheap cushions from Kmart but we are very limited for options.


  • I great way to redecorate your home


  • Great idea. Thanks for sharing.


  • A more practical way to redecorate!


  • Always a great idea to give a room a freah look!


  • Love the fabric you used. Nice idea to make a change without costing the world. Thanks

    • Any money we can save is a bonus for us


  • I have so many cushion inlets so this will come in handy cheers


  • Changing cushion covers is a great way of updating or refreshing a room.

    • absolutely they make a real difference to the feel of the room.


  • My mother made me these for Christmas to change my courtyard setting. We just covered the divan with a fitted single sheet in green and I had a beautiful new look for the season.


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