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*Updated with a pic 1st post* Hand sewing a cushion cover (a long ish cushion)

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#1 BeYOUtiful

Posted 02 February 2013 - 04:45 PM

Am I crazy for attempting it?  I don't have a sewing machine.  Just wondering if hand sewing would be strong enough.
The cushion is to go on a (2 section) bookcase, laying down.

Do I cut out the 2 pieces of material - same size?
Then sew them and turn inside out?

Clearly no idea what I am doing lol.
Thanks for any tips/suggestions original.gif


I am pretty happy with how it turned out considering I really am not a sewer biggrin.gif


I took pics of each step if anyone wants to see those original.gif
Thanks for everyones tips.

Edited by ~Jane05~, 11 February 2013 - 08:46 PM.

#2 ednaboo

Posted 02 February 2013 - 04:50 PM

It could be done but it will be quicker, neater and stronger by machine.  Do you know someone who will lend you one?  It's not just 2 rectangles - one needs to have an opening to get the stuffing in and out.  Sewing on a zip by hand would be a pain.

Edited by ednaboo, 02 February 2013 - 04:51 PM.

#3 BeYOUtiful

Posted 02 February 2013 - 04:54 PM

My SIL has one but if I ask her I know she will offer to make it, and I want to attempt it (and I don't want her to feel obliged).
I am also scared of sewing machines blush.gif

I was thinking of getting a foam piece cut at Clark rubber or the like.

#4 zogee

Posted 02 February 2013 - 04:55 PM

I'm just a beginner sewing wise but yeah I think you could hand sew the seams if you haven't got a machine. Measure the size of the cushion you want to cover, length and width, and add maybe 10cm to each measurement for a seam allowance and to allow for the pillow stuffing. Although you have to have a way of finishing it off if you want the cover to be removable. I made some that closed with press studs for my ds's room. I. Sure there's a few really simple tutorials on the web. Just google "sewing cushion cover"
Just remember, measure twice, cut once!
Worst case scenario is you'll need to unpick it and start again original.gif

#5 zogee

Posted 02 February 2013 - 04:57 PM

Don't be scared of the sewing machine! I was for so long and it's really quite easy, pillowcases are a great first project. Maybe SIL can give you a quick lesson? original.gif

#6 BeYOUtiful

Posted 02 February 2013 - 04:59 PM

I had forgotten about a zipper or closing.
I like the press stud idea sounds more up my alley lol.

Thanks for the replies really helpful original.gif

#7 ~strawberry~

Posted 02 February 2013 - 05:02 PM

Easiest closing is just to overlap two panels on the back.

#8 zogee

Posted 02 February 2013 - 05:03 PM

QUOTE (~Jane05~ @ 02/02/2013, 04:59 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I had forgotten about a zipper or closing.
I like the press stud idea sounds more up my alley lol.

Thanks for the replies really helpful original.gif

Yeah press studs are easy wink.gif I'm ok with zips now but they can be tricky!
If you're using a piece of foam you might just want to close it up permanently? That would be really easy.

#9 VioletRose

Posted 02 February 2013 - 05:08 PM

If you are happy for the cushion to only be useable on one side it is easy to do with hand sewing.
If you are using foam it will be nicer of you use some batting (it's the big white fluffy rolls at fabric store) between the foam and fabric. Get it cut a little larger than the foam so it can also wrap around the foam.
Lay the fabric right side down then the batting on top and finally the foam. Like wrapping a present bring up the edges and sew them  together with big stitches. You wont be able to use both sides to sit on but it will have the advantage of easily undone should you need to wash it.

#10 BeYOUtiful

Posted 02 February 2013 - 05:44 PM

If you're using a piece of foam you might just want to close it up permanently?

I think that is the way to go original.gif

VioletRose that sounds really simple, thanks for the tip on the batting.

Thanks Strawberry

#11 k-lo

Posted 02 February 2013 - 05:59 PM

Also, your SIL might be delighted that you want to sew and be happy to give you a few lessons- most of us sewers are happy to welcome another into the fold...
Its a lifelong skill!

#12 BeYOUtiful

Posted 02 February 2013 - 06:03 PM

You are right she probably would.  She sews patchwork quilts mostly, gorgeous.
I would love to learn, so many things out there I would love to make.

Thanks so much for all the replies I really appreciate it.

Edited by ~Jane05~, 02 February 2013 - 06:07 PM.

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