Need some inspiration for your next homeware project? A super simple way to update your space this season is with a few DIY cushion covers! It’s winter here in New Zealand and Jasmine from the HQ team wanted to add some colour to her home. She decided to make up a few easy covers using our new exclusive linen colours as well as a beautiful suede leather hide. We think a colourful selection of these would also be ideal as gifts for DIY lovers!
For this project, Jasmine chose three colours from our exclusive linen collection to compliment her couch that she has recovered in our Deep Olive Heavyweight Linen.
Linen is ideal for homeware projects as it is super easy to sew, has a lovely earthy feel and softens beautifully over time. Here at The Fabric Store, we offer a range of hand-picked shades, as well as a selection of designer linen ends in a myriad of unique patterns, weaves and textures. View a selection of linens in the online store here.
All of our bricks and mortar stores offer an amazing range of leather hides. Talk to our staff in-store about hides that would best suit this project.
DIY | Jasmine drafted these covers up herself based on the size of her cushion inners. If you don’t have the cushion inner dimensions available, she recommends making your covers about 10% smaller than the size of the cushion, so that they are nice and plump… No saggy cushion covers here!
For this project, you will need a woven fabric of your choice, matching thread and a zipper (if you choose to use one). The amount of fabric you need will vary depending on the dimensions of the cushion you are covering. Don’t forget you can also pair different fabrics or colours together! For one of her cushions, Jasmine decided to pair our Slate linen with a suede leather side, which gives the cushion a lovely textural contrast.
If drafting these covers up yourself sounds a little tricky, don’t worry! There are tons of free tutorials available online for making cushion covers like these. Here are a couple of great ones we found on Pinterest:
Cushions can also make super cool canvases to try your hand at some customisation!
Here are a couple of ideas from The Fabric Store HQ Team:
- Try your hand at some embroidery.
- Add a ruffle, frill or some piping to the side seams.
- Paint your cushion with a custom print or design.
We hope you’ve been inspired to try this project out! Cushion covers are pretty quick to create at home, making them an ideal project for evenings or rainy afternoons. If you don’t have any spare cushion inners available, but still want to give this a go, those fabric scraps you’ve been holding on to will make for great inner stuffing! Try this out using your smaller, softer fabric scraps for sofa cushions and your larger or heavier weight scraps for floor cushions.
Cushion covers are a great project for sewists of all levels, so if you give it a try don’t forget to share it with us on Instagram @wearethefabricstore using #thefabricstore.