Making a cushion cover

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Do you want some beautiful new cushion covers to update your existing ones? Well don't buy new ones! Just recover them!
This is super easy and should take about a half hour per pillow once you get into the swing of things! Just be organised and have everything you need to hand from the start.
Some tips first of all:
If you plan to wash this pillow cover, wash the fabric beforehand in the way you normally wash. Otherwise, the unwashed sewn fabric can shrink in a hot wash or dryer later and cause seam rippage. No-one wants this to happen.
If you're in a hurry to get started, make sure to at least steam press your fabric.
You'll just need to wash it normally and hang it out to dry later! This will keep your pillow cover in shape.

What you'll need:
- a 1/2 yard to 1 yard of fabric per cushion. I am estimating because I don't know how big your cushion is.
- matching thread
- scissors
- pen/pencil for marking
- ruler of some sort
- sewing machine
- iron & board
- measuring tape
How to measure your cushion?
This is easy if your cushion already has a cover.
Covered pillow:
- take cover off, measure across and down!
- add an inch to each of these measurements!
Uncovered pillow or pillow form:
- use your measuring tape to conform to the curve of the pillow and take the measurements.
- add an inch to each of these measurements!

Measuring & Cutting Out
Use the selvage (this is the "finished edge" of the fabric - it won't fray!) as a straight edge. It will make your life so much easier. I wanted to use my lovely clear ruler, but had to break out the yardstick instead!
Since my pillow is 18x18, I'm cutting out one piece that's 19x19.
The other two pieces, I'm taking six inches off the length. This way they overlap prettily.
My other two pieces for the envelope are 13x19.
- cut one piece that is your length+1 and height+1
- cut two pieces that are your length-6 and the same height.

Now to start sewing
We'll be using a 1/2 inch seam allowance.
Take your main panel and place it right side up. Then, take one of the smaller panels and place it wrong side up at the edge of the large panel. Once your edges are aligned, pin down the side about an inch and a half in. Repeat on the other side!
Useful Tip: On the left side, have the pointy bit of the pin facing away from you. On the right side, face the pointy bit toward you. This will keep you from stabbing yourself while sewing.
Make sure to backstitch at the beginning and end of the cloth!

Hemming the small envelope panel sections
Lay the cloth wrong side up on your ironing board.
Go to the outside edge of one of the smaller panels and fold over the fabric so you're looking at a small strip of the right side. (Preferably 1/2 to an inch.)
Iron the cloth and get it crease free and flat as a pancake.
Repeat this on the other small panel
Now, you'll sew these up using the same 1/2 inch seam allowance.

More Sewing
Lay the fabric out wrong side up and press the inside seams flat.
Then, flip the fabric over so the right side is facing you. Fold over one of the small panels, and press. Fold the other small panel over and press. You should now be looking at the wrong side of the fabric.
Pin the the top and bottom of the fabric as we did before, about 1 1/2 inches from the edge. Remember your left and right pinning rule!
Make sure everything is pinned nice and flat.
Sew the top and bottom seams using a 1/2 inch seam allowance and backstitching at the beginning and end of the fabric.
Remove the pins.
Poke out the corners (after snipping off the extra material in the corners) and turn it the right way round.
Put in your cushion and admire the handy work you have just done.

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