I bought 15 yds of fabric and ran out. Our couch is large. I bought 10 more yds because I want extra left for replacements or other pieces of furniture.
I trace with a pencil and then cut out fabric the shape of each of my cushions. I will need to cut out a top and bottom for each cushion. If your fabric is not the same on both sides, be sure you have a top and bottom for each cushion with your fabric right side out.
I measure out my pieces of piping.
I then use the piping to measure the length of fabric I will need for the sides of the cushions. Make your piping several inches longer than you need.
I measure the sides of my cushion adding an inch on the sides for seam allowance.
The next step is to cover your piping. Because I cut all the way across my fabric and then cut 3 pieces about 6" wide, I still have fabric the right length to cover my piping. I lay the piping on the edge of the fabric and using a piping foot sew as closely to the piping as I can.
After you've covered the tops and bottoms you're ready to add the side pieces. Again, make sure you start at the back of your cushion and sew a side piece onto a top or bottom piece, right sides together.
Use your piping foot and stay as close to your piping as you can. It should look like this.
I should have my cushion turned inside out in this picture - sorry! Put your cushion cover on, inside out, matching up your top to your bottom. Pin it together in a couple of places so that you can still remove it from the cushion. Sew away from those pins being sure your top and bottom are matched up. If not, your sides will be twisted or your cover may not fit at all. Leave the back side of the cover completely open including the back corners.
Your basic rule is just to follow the lines of your upholstery. My back cushions have piping on only the top and sides so that's where I put my piping when I cover them.
Your last step is the skirt! I will post that in a few days. I may not get to it before Thanksgiving but will if I can.
My son, Matt, is home this week. He lives in Boston so we are enjoying spending this holiday with him! Laura, who also writes for our blog, and her family will be in Virginia for the holiday with her husband's family.
Love and blessings!
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