How to: Make your own beach hut cushion cover
Making a cushion cover really is an easy, rainy-day afternoon job, so if you are in the mood for a sewing-fest,
we can guide you through the how to’s of making an ‘envelope’ or ‘housewife’ cushion cover.
As it has been so cold lately and we are missing the summer, we have chosen a simple beach-hut appliqué design with button back fastening.
To make this cushion you will need;
- 36cm x 36cm Cushion Pad
- 3 Buttons
- Tape Measure
- Your Applique Pattern
- Medium Iron On Interfacing
- Tailors Chalk / Pencil
Starting with base fabric – (we have selected a seersucker stripe ) – measure out two 37.5cm x 37.5cm squares and mark onto your fabric side by side with tailors chalk.
You will notice we have added an extra 1.5cm all round, this is the seam allowance. When cut out, these two pieces will make up the back and front of the cushion.
For the envelope flap at the back of the cushion we would suggest measuring out 18.75cm by 18.75cm
or for an easier option fold one of the pattern pieces in half – trace around and cut.
If you are working with striped fabric make sure all your stripes are facing the same way
– it is an easy mistake to make, that is unless of course you are deliberately going for a different look.
Interface the back ‘flap’ by tracing around the pattern piece on to fusible medium-weight interfacing. Fuse the interfacing and fabric together with a hot iron and be
careful not to glue anything underneath – put down a scrap bit of fabric or brown craft paper for protection. Trim any excess interfacing.
Now decorate the front cushion piece ‘on-the-flat’ using the simple appliqué technique before making up the cushion cover.
Using a clean, three-colour scheme of red, white and blue lightweight cotton poplins, we cut out simple squares and triangles to form the the beach hut design; play around with position until you are happy with them and then using the iron fuse the bondaweb to the wrong side of the fabric beach huts. Once fused, secure the appliqué in place by using the zigzag (or satin) stitch on your machine. This will look neater and ensure that the beach huts aren’t going anywhere!
Prep the back ‘flap’ by hemming one of the horizontal edges. Turn up 1cm and press.
Turn up 1cm again, press and then topstitch it into place. We can now move on to the buttonholes; most modern day machines have the facility for buttonholes so feel free to use that. but for a hand-made finish. we have chosen to hand finish our buttonholes with a buttonhole stitch.
Hem one edge of the back of the cushion cover the same way that you hemmed the back ‘flap’ -although this edge will be hidden you want to prevent fraying so it’s best to cover everything.
So to re-cap so far; you should now have a beach hut appliqued front cover piece, an interfaced, hemmed flap with buttonholes and a full back cover piece with one hemmed edge…
…so now the main cushion construction can begin.
With right sides facing, pin together the back and front squares along an un-neatened edge. Allow 1.5cm seam allowance. Stitch. Now pin and stitch the back interfaced flap to the front.
You should now be looking at a strip of fabric that runs… neatened edge back piece joined to front piece joined to flap ending with a neatened edge…
You can either over lock the edges now or press them open apart – it doesn’t matter so much as it is all hidden inside.
Press the folds open with the right sides of the fabrics facing you.
Now this bit can be a bit tricky so refer to the picture if needs be. With the right decorated side of the front cushion facing you first of all place the back ‘flap’ down over the appliqued front so both right sides are facing one another – the wrong side of the ‘flap’ will now be facing you. Then proceed to place down the back panel of the cushion so it is covering the front panel and back ‘flap’.
Pin together along the sides with 1.5cm seam allowance so that it is running vertically down each side of the cushion and straight stitch the two sides downward.
Layer and diagonally snip each corner off – and trim and layer the side seams-you will need a clean graduated edge when pulling the fabric through.
Very carefully pull the cushion through so the right sides of the fabric will now be visible – poke and work the corners with your little finger or something blunt so they are now sharp.
Through the button holes mark in the centre point on to the back of the cushion below and attach all 3 of the buttons.
See how to sew button holes here.
Give everything one last press, pop in the cushion pad and give yourself a pat on the back because everything is now done!
oops! We have a sneaky confession to make – since making the cushion cover we have sold out of the particular striped fabric but we have plenty more beautiful choices in store or online – so come upstairs at the Riverside and have a look! Also if you find yourself stuck, please don’t hesitate to pop into the shop.