Handmade Cushion Cover

A few days ago I decided to spend my morning making a personalised cushion cover. I shared a picture of the finish item on Instagram and Facebook and promised I would write a post on how I made it … so here it is! The cushion cover only took me an hour and a half from start to finish!

My first job was to find a piece of scrap fabric large enough to suit my cushion. I found this light grey cotton in my fabric stash which was perfect! I love calming neutral colours!


I placed the cushion onto the cotton and cut the excess fabric, leaving roughly 2cm to both sides of the cushion. The most important thing was to ensure the the length of the fabric was long enough to fold over both ends of the cushion, forming an overlap.

Cut Fabric

The next step was sew the ends to create a neat finish. I folded the ends over twice, pinned and sewed, as shown below.

2017-04-29 10.53.24Sewing the endsFinished Ends

Once both ends had a neat finish it was time to construct the basic cushion cover. I folded the ends over the cushion to create an overlap, as mentioned above, and pinned into place.

Folded fabricFabric OverlapFabric OverlapPin fabric into place

After carefully removing the cushion I turned the cover inside out and sewed along both edges, with a 2cm seam allowance. I neaten the seams by trimming the edges about 0.5cm from the stitches.

Fabric inside outSewing edgesTrim edges

Once the fabric was sewn together down both edges I turned the cover right side out and the basic cushion cover was ready! Simple!

Cushion Cover FrontCushion Cover BackCushion Cover

The next step was to personalise the cover. Luckily I have a Cricut Explore Air machine which allows me to create and produce any design. I used Iron-On vinyl to transfer my design. Iron-On is so easy to use and comes in many different colours and textures, so the possibilities are endless.

The cushion is for my bedroom, so I decided to go for quote or logo related to sleeping. I used the Cricut Design Space app to create my design.

Sleep DesignOnce I was happy with the design it was time to print it onto the Iron-On Vinyl using the Cricut Explore Air. I just had to feed the vinyl into the machine and press the go button.

Cricut Explore AirIron-on print settingsCricut Explore MachineThe design printed onto the iron-on

Once the design was printed I removed all of the negative pieces which only left my design on the backing plastic.

Iron-on vinylReady to Iron

The ‘sleep’ logo was now ready to transfer onto the cushion. I placed the the iron-on vinyl onto the cover in the correct position. Using an iron I pressed firmly for 15-30 seconds and removed the backing plastic. It was so simple and the plastic backing lifted off easily.

Ironing the iron-onFinished logo

The cushion was complete! Really quick and easy to make! I can not wait to design more!

Finished Cusion Cover

Personalised Cushion Cover


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