Comfy Cushions Made Easy

Categories: Decor, furniture, Cushions

Soften summer furnishings with a set of Comfy Cushions. Handmade by you, this cushion set is reversible as one side features a Dalusio Damask Denim print and the other a beautiful indigo denim. Switch the cushions around to create three different looks for endless alfresco entertaining.

What you need to make this project

Materials
Soft Support 3” Cushion Foam
Poly-Fil® Hi-Loft Polyester Batting
Fabric.Com - Swavelle Mill Creek/ Dalusio Damask Denim 0408325
Fabric.Com – Indigo Denim 11 oz. Medium Dark 0391353
Wrights ¼” Cotton Filler Cord # (For Piping)
Dritz® Button Covers 38-7/8” #213-36 (For Tufting)
Dritz® Decorator’s Needles # 11724
COATS® Extra Strong Upholstery Nylon Thread (coordinating color)
Supplies
Fiskars® Non-Stick 8” Scissors
Fiskars® Titanium Rotary Cutter
Fiskars® Cutting Mat 24” x 36”
Folding Acrylic Ruler 6 X 24
Sewing Machine

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Instructions

Step One

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Fabric Selection

We choose two different fabrics (one print – one solid) to create reversible cushions. The yardage needed will be determined by the size of the cushions being made.

Step Two

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Creating Patterns (Foam)

Measure the space where the cushion will sit. Using the acrylic ruler and pencil, draw the measurements to create the cushion shape on paper. Cut pattern out and place it in the space where the cushion will sit. Note: The pattern should sit loosely in the space. If pattern fits tightly trim pattern down. Place paper pattern on top of foam and trace shape using a permanent marker.

Replacing Existing Foam- Place existing cushion foam on top of new foam. Trace shape using a permanent marker.

Step Three

      

Cut Foam

Cut foam shapes out using a carving knife. Work on the edge of a table moving the foam around. This will give ample space for the knife to move up and down freely.

Note: An electric carving knife will also cut foam easily.

Step Four

Wrap a piece of batting around the foam shapes. This will add extra softness and help maintain cushion shape and structure.

Step Five

Cutting Fabric

 

Fold fabric in half, finish edges and fold to inside. Place on a flat surface. Lay foam shape on the fabric.

Draw a guide line around the foam adding I” to all sides with a pencil and acrylic ruler. Remove foam.

Cut fabric shapes along pencil guide lines using scissors or the rotary cutter. Cut two pieces for each cushion.

Note- For printed fabrics, position the foam over the print area desired for the cushion’s center. To ensure the set matches continue placing the foam over the same printed area for all cushion tops. Additional yardage may be needed.

Side (Boxing) Panel Pattern-

Measure foam cushion circumference plus 1″ for the length. Create a paper pattern 5” X the length measurements. Pin pattern to fabric and cut one strip per cushion using the rotary cutter. Set aside.

Note- Increase width size if using a thicker piece of foam.

Step Six

Piping (omit this step if piping is not being used)

Cut a piece of fabric (denim) 1” x the circumference of the cushion (fabric can be pieced together if needed). Place the cord in the center of the fabric strip. Fold fabric over cord and secure with straight pins. Print or finished side of fabric should be on the outer side.

Sew a seam along the cord to create the piping. Make all piping needed for each cushion. Set piping aside.

Note: Piping can be stitched on the top and bottom cushion seams. We stitched piping on the bottom seam only.

Step Seven

Sewing the Cushions Together

Place the side (boxing) panel over the top piece, finished sides together and edges even. Leave ½” length tail at starting point. Pin panel in place to secure, then machine stitch allowing ½” seam allowance. Trim seams, clip curves.

 

Step Eight

Create seam with starting and ending point on side panel, open seam flat, then continue to stitch panel to top piece.

 

Step Nine

Attach piping and back panel to side panel. Begin by pinning both at mid-distance on rear side allowing a ½” seam allowance. Pivot needle at corners onto straight side then continue stitching. End stitching 6″ before starting point on rear side to allow space to insert foam cushion.

Step Ten

Fold foam and batting in half. Place through the fabric opening.

Work fabric to sit flat against the foam. Adjust the batting if necessary, Hand stitch opening closed.

 

Step Eleven

Covered Button Tufts

 

Follow the button package instructions for making the covered buttons. Using matching fabric, make two buttons for each tuft (1 top,1 bottom).

Thread needle with nylon thread. Place the covered button in the top center. Drive the needle completely through the button hole and cushion. Attach coordinating button to each side. Continue tufting the cushion with buttons. Follow the pattern above.

Additional buttons will be required for larger cushions.

 

Step Twelve

Relax and enjoy.