It’s easier to make your own cushions than you might think.
Supplies to make 4 Cushions
- 1 Piece of Foamology 5″ Project Foam 24″x36″
- 2 1/2 yards cotton fabric or home decor fabric
- 4 Heavy Duty 22″ Metal Coat Zippers
- 1/4 yard accent fabric for letters (optional)
- 1/2 yard Heat’n Bond or similar iron-on adhesive or fusible webbing
- Matching thread
2 – 19″x13″ Rectangles cut from your fabric
1 – 6″ Strip the width of your fabric
4 – Pieces of foam measuring 12″ x 18″. (You cut your foam into 4 equal pieces, in half each direction. Most people say to use an electric carving knife to cut foam. I don’t have one, so I used a sharp serrated bread knife and it worked great.)
To Make Applique:
Instead of back-stitching, when you start and stop, I like to leave long tails.
Putting in the Zipper
You could possibly get away with using a shorter zipper, but I find foam can be difficult to fit into cushions if the opening isn’t large enough, so I went for big ones. There are lots of ways to put in a zipper, but this is how I did it. I lined my fabric and zipper up as shown in this picture because you need about 1/2 inch of fabric on each size of the zipper starting and stopping.
Iron the fabric open. Trim this so it is 6″ wide. You should have something that looks like this. (Note that the zipper seems to stick out one end a bit.
Sewing the Cushion Cover
Wrap this long around the sides of your cushion, so they’re snug. Pinch the two ends together to figure out where to sew them together.Stitch your zipper strip and 6″ strip together at the place you’ve marked. This should make a big loop.
At each corner, you’ll need to cut a small notching in the 6″ strip to help it ease around the corner.
Repeat for both the top and bottom of the cushion.