I must be the laziest sewer in the whole wide world! I needed to make some cushion covers to replace the ones in my classroom which were looking a bit sorry for themselves after spending the last three years being thrown around by small children! The problem with the old covers was that I’d sewn them onto the cushion so if you wanted to wash them you either had to unpick the covers or put the whole cushion in the machine and then they take ages to dry. I decided to stick the whole thing in the washing machine over the school holidays and then cover them with removable covers so that I could wash them more easily in the future.
Measure the height and width of your cushion. Cut a piece of fabric that measures the height and 2 1/2 times the width of your cushion. Run a hem down the two short ends of your fabric – mine came from Ikea; at £3.99 a metre it’s pretty good value. Fold your fabric right sides facing, so that the two ends meet in the middle, pull one side so it overlaps the other, make sure that the cushion pad will still fit in the middle. Sew along the top and bottom edges. Turn the right way and you should have a cushion cover that you can just slip the cushion pad into and remove easily for washing.
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