Generally, DIY projects have become rather popular in the latest years. Beyond the mass production of furniture, many people tend to make decorative items themselves. Some may require skills, experience and complex tools. Others are simpler and can be created by almost everyone, like making cushion covers with zipping. All you need is the right tutorial!
We all have cushions on a couch or an armchair, or even simple seat cushions for chairs. Plus, think about your pillows as well and their pillowcases that you can’t really make that easy. Save your money elsewhere! Cushions are the easiest way to make your house more colourful and the cheapest way to make small changes in your home decor. Can you create your own cushion covers? How easy can that be? Let’s find out!
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DIY projects and their benefits
DIY projects aren’t just a trend of the times. It’s more than that. They’re beneficial to you as they help you feel good and benefit your mind, body, and wallet. See them as some type of cheap makeover for your home! They also benefit the planet through recycling and upcycling.
Here’s how these projects can benefit you!
1. Reduce stress and make you feel better
Creating your own things gives a sense of satisfaction, happiness and makes you feel capable of achieving any task. Especially when the result is better than you thought it would be. We could say that they are a booster of your good mood! What’s more, a crafting project helps reduce stress and makes you feel less anxious. Two conditions from which the young and the old suffer nowadays. While focusing on a manual task, you may forget all the stressful things you might be facing in your daily life.
2. Learn new skills
Through these kind of projects, you have the chance to broaden your mind and learn new skills. Most of them need you to be involved and use your hands. This way, you can learn new ways and methods to assemble things. No need to ask someone else to sew cushions or other things around the house anymore!
3. Spend more time with your family
If you’re looking for ways to spend more time with your family, these projects are the best option. You’ll have fun with your kids and have some extra help to make it through your project. Your kids will feel more involved in the family, and they’ll learn new skills. Spending time with your loved ones helps you bond more with each other.
4. Help you save money
It’s pretty obvious why crafting can help you save money. You don’t have to buy store-bought products that are, by far, more expensive than what you can make on your own. Plus, you can choose the cushion pattern that you really want!
5. Help you be more active
Most of the time, crafting tasks need extra manual labour, which is a great way to exercise. For instance, while renovating a room in your house, you’re going to feel like you’ve hit the gym! Exercising for free!
6. Your house has a more personal touch
How would you feel if your house looked exactly like another house? Not so great, right? Doing it yourself is the best way to give to your place your personal touch.
7. Upcycle and recycle
Reusing old items is such a great way to create new things for your home. Thus, don’t rush to throw away your old furniture and stuff. You can turn worn out pieces into new ones using your imagination and some skills.
Why is it important to have cushions in your home?
People nowadays spend most of their time sitting on chairs and couches. Sitting for so long can create body problems like sciatica, obesity, muscle soreness. Fortunately, there’s a right way to sit without damaging our bodies. Cushions are vital to increasing the comfort of our daily life and the appearance of our home.
To tell the truth, cushions can:
- Cover up any seating damages.
- Boost the appearance of the house.
- Make couches and chairs more comfortable.
- Remove the pressure from joints and muscles.
- Make your home more welcoming.
A step-by-step tutorial on how to make cushion covers with a zip
They are the easiest and fastest way to renew your home decor. Plus, it’s much cheaper than buying new ones every season. There are different sewing techniques. The zigzag stitch, for example, is one of the popular ones! Find the sewing patterns that will give you the outcome that you want and go for it!
You don’t have to throw pillows from now on. You can make your new ones refresh your living room or even new pillowcases to change your bedroom’s decor with some easy sewing projects. Get the texture and fabric you like, and get ready to find out how you can make yours!
Envelope pillow cover
Here’s a tutorial on how to make an envelope pillow cover with a zipper. If you want to make one without a zipper, you can check our guide on how to make an envelope cushion cover.
What you need:
- Sewing machine
- Zipper foot
- Pinking shears/scissors
- Zipper – regular or invisible
- Seam ripper
Then follow these step-by-step instructions:
Step 1: Mark and cut the fabric
The first thing you should do is to mark and cut your fabric. If you want to make a new cover for an existing cushion, then measure the fabric from seam to seam horizontally and vertically. Don’t forget to add a centimetre to each measurement.
Extra tip: Fold the fabric to cut both pieces at once.
Step 2: Find a place for your zipper
Once you’ve cut the fabric, decide where you want to install your zipper. If you have a patterned fabric, turn it on the wrong side.
- Place two pieces of fabric together and pin them.
- Next, lay the zipper on top and inside of both long edges with a vertical pin. You’ll have to sew with a 1/2 inch seam allowance.
- Use a standard stitch length. Backstitch at the beginning of the seam sews to the first vertical pin and then sew to the next vertical pin.
- After that, change back to standard stitch length and go once more.
- Finally, sew the other edge and mend it again.
Step 3: Place the zipper into the seam
Now it’s time to install the zipper. How? Press open the seam and place the zipper into it. Pin into place. So simple!
Step 4: Sew the ends
Keep the zipper in its place, and using the regular presser foot, sew the zipper ends. Avoid using the foot as it’s more difficult.
Step 5: Sew the zipper in
Now, it’s time to join the zipper with the fabric. Install the foot on your sewing machine, roll up the cushion’s edges and start sewing.
Here are some tips to make sewing easier:
- Don’t open the zipper. Start sewing one side until you’re a couple of inches from the zipper pull, and stitch from the beginning.
- Stop sewing while the needle is down in the fabric. Raise the presser foot, unzip the zipper and lower the presser foot.
- Keep sewing until you reach the end of the zipper and go over it again.
- Close the zipper now and tailor again.
- Now, sew down the other side until you reach the zippers pull. Backstitch and remove the fabric from the sewing machine.
Step 6: Expose the zipper
Once you have sewn the zipper, you can now expose it. Get the seam ripper, insert it at the end of the zipper and remove the stitches between the stitching verticals. Carefully catch the basting stitches. Don’t push the seam ripper too hard, as there’s a great risk of cutting through the zipper. Once you’ve opened it, check if the zipper pull moves easily as it should be. Use a lint roller to get rid of all the stings.
Step 7: Finish sewing the zipper
Unzip the zipper to sew the last bit easily. Continue sewing from where you stop—stitch at the beginning and the end.
Step 8: Sew up the rest cushion cover
Unzip at least half of the zipper to turn the cover easily. Pin all the fabric edges and sew around using a 1/2 inch seam allowance. Stitch at the beginning and end. Finally, clip the corners to look nice when the cushion cover is on the right.
Step 9: Turn the right side out and fill the cover
The final step. Turn the cover back to the right and use a cushion insert to stuff it.
Invisible zip cushion cover
This technique makes the cushion the same to both sides as it has the zipper sewn into one seam. It might be the easiest sewing method.
To make a cushion cover using an invisible zipper, you’re going to need:
- 1 invisible zipper (it should be a few inches shorter than your pillow)
- Front and back pillow panels
- Foot for zipper
- Walking foot if your pillow top is quilted
- Turning tool
- Pinking shears (optional)
Step 1: Cut the front and the back of the cushion
Cut the front and the back of pieces of fabric as your cushion form. If you want a more relaxed fit, then add an inch or more to your measurements. If you have a quilted panel, do the same.
Step 2: Iron the zipper
Unzip your zipper and place it with the right of its sides down on the ironing board. Iron it to uncurl the zipper tape’s teeth. Set the low temperature to your iron so that the teeth lay to the front and the back is flat. In case you have an invisible foot, you don’t have to iron the zipper.
Step 3: Align your zipper to the front piece
Fold the two pieces of fabric in half by width and mark with a pin at the bottom. Close the zipper and fold it in half too. Mark on the side where no teeth show while it’s closed. Open the zipper afterwards and place it with the teeth facing down to align the pin and the marker. Pin now, the zipper tape to the bottom edge of the pillow front. The pinheads should face the end of the zipper. Mark where the zipper’s teeth begin with a mark or a pin.
Step 4: Install the zipper foot or the invisible foot
Whether you’ll use a foot or an invisible foot, it’s time to install it on your machine. If you use an invisible foot, you don’t have to make any needle adjustment. However, if you use the regular foot, you’ll have to adjust the needle position to make close stitching (about 1/16″) to the zipper’s teeth.
Step 5: Stitch zipper to front cushion piece
Drop the needle and start sewing. Begin from the start of the zipper teeth. Sew a few stitches and then tailor to secure. Keep sewing the length of the zipper and at the same time remove the pins. Sew until your needle reaches about a half-inch from the zipper stopper. Seam it again.
Step 6: Align the zipper to the backside of the cover
Now, place the other side of the zipper tape right one down on the bottom edge of the right side of the pillow back. The teeth should face the centre of the cover. Follow again. Step 3 to align the mark and pin. Now, pin the zipper tape to the bottom edge of the cushion back, making sure that the pinheads facing the end of the zipper. Mark, where the zipper starts.
Step 7: Sew the zipper to the cushion back
Drop the needle and sew, beginning from the mark where the zipper starts. Do the exact same as step 5. Keep sewing the length of the zipper and remove the pins. Sew until your needle is about a half-inch from the zipper stopper. Tailor it again.
Step 8: Align the zipper’s edges
Close now the zipper and align the corners of each side of the zipper. Pin the corners up to the zipper, moving the unsewn zipper tape down on either end to the pillow’s outside edge. Unzip the zipper about 2/3 and pin the cushion’s top and back right sides together, aligning them as best as possible.
Step 9: Sew around the zipper
Sew the top and back together. You can start with the zipper’s stitch line, about a 3/8″ seam. Sew as close to the bottom of the zipper as possible. Sew a few stitches and back again. Stop with the needle down 1/2″ from each corner, rotate the cushion 90 degrees and sew with 1/2″ seam on the sides and top of the cushion. When you reach the last corner, sew to 3/8″ of the corner. Turn the cushion 90 degrees and sew with a 3/8″ seam. End the stitching as close to the zipper as possible. Go back once more.
Step 10: Treat raw edges
Trim the corners watching out not to cut your stitching. Open now your zipper and turn the pillow right side out. Use your turning tool to push the corners and folded edges out. Fill your cushion cover with a cushion pad, zip the zipper and enjoy your cushion!
Decorate your home like a pro
Before getting fabric for your cushions, you need to consider some factors that experts think of before choosing the right cushions for someone’s house:
1. Don’t match the couch’s upholstery fabric with the cushions’. When you get a new couch, the cushions have the same colour as the couch. Don’t keep them that way. Choose some cushions whose colour comes in contrast with the couch.
2. Choose the right size and shape of your cushions. In fact, don’t get the same shape. You’ll turn your couch and your room boring. Go for different sizes and shapes to add depth. For example, you can get two cushions in different sizes but with the same material.
3. Put them in the right place. You can place cushions either at each end of the sofa, or you can combine cushions with 2-3 colours.
4. Try different materials. Have silk, leather or suede and try to match them with your curtains as well. If you like ethnic style, choose cushions with embroidery, sequins, appliqué, quilted patchwork and more.
5. Beyond the cushions, you can add throws, rugs and kilims on your couch. Or why don’t you buy a big floor cushion? You’ll have extra seating, and you’ll make your living room more interesting.
DIY projects are a great way to spend your free time. What’s more, you can learn more skills, broaden your mind, and help the environment as you don’t throw anything away due to recycling and upcycling. These projects are probably the greatest option to reuse your old items and transform them into new ones, which will make your home more attractive and have your personal style and touch.