A Novice Sewing A Cushion

Last month I was given a sewing machine for my birthday and I managed to complete my first project – a cushion!


Well, actually I made 2 cushions 😀 Pretty successful, eh?

I am so very proud of them that I thought I would share with you how I made them. Now, I know there are a million, billion cushion tutorials out there which are far more profesh than this one will be, but here’s my two cents regardless…


  • 2 Pieces of Fabric (Remember this post where I showed a collective haul? Well the 4 napkins that I picked up for a STEAL were totally perfect for this!)
  • Rotary Cutter
  • Sewing Machine
  • Matching Thread
  • Pillow Insert (I got mine from Ikea for £1.50)


Cut your fabric to size. I took a rough measurement of my pillow insert and then added another 10cm as an error margin. Here is the best thing that I’ve learned so far when it comes to sewing: it’s better to have too much fabric than too little. This is kind of obvious, but I would say always err on the side of generous when you cut fabric as you can always trim it later. Bearing this in mind, my fabric was cut to 34cm square.


I found cutting the fabric to be the hardest part. Apparently I am made squint so no matter what ruler I used, things always ended up a bit squiffy. Practice makes perfect I guess 🙂

Now for the sewing! Place one piece of fabric right-side up and then put the second piece of fabric right-side down on top of it. This means that you will have two pieces of fabric with the right-sides kissing. (I added this to my sewing mantra along with “lower presser foot down”)

Place your fabric pieces onto your sewing plate with a bit of space from the edge and LOWER YOUR PRESSER FOOT to keep it in place. You can’t imagine how many times I forgot to do this.


Gentlemen, start your engines. Sew the first few stitches and then press the leaver which will allow you to back-stick over these to secure them. Then, stitch forward right until the end of the fabric leaving a little space for a seam. When you get to the end, use your back-stick leaver to secure the stitches. Do this on 3 sides of your fabric.

Now is a good time to see how your pillow will fit inside the cover. You may find that you have a bit too much fabric like I did so I just adjusted my seam on the last side i.e. I sewed closer to the centre of the pillow.


On the 4th side of the fabric, I decided to stitch the seam halfway down and leave half of the side open so that I could stuff the pillow in. Now, this is not the prettiest way to finish off a pillow. If you’re after that then you would be best to check out a more experienced sewing blog. I am a total novice, and I assume you are too, so this is the way I figured would be easiest to finish it off.


Once I had sewed half of the side, I released the fabric and turned it right side out by pulling it through the opening that was left. I poked out the corners and then stuffed my pillow insert inside.


To sew this opening closed I simply folded over the fabric to create a seam and sewed the hole shut. Told you it’s not pretty but it gets the job done!



I figured that this will be the bottom of the pillow so no one will really see it anyway 🙂 All in, I think this is a pretty good effort for my first pillow!


3 thoughts on “A Novice Sewing A Cushion

  1. I’ve been meaning to do this FOREVER and still have not done it. It’s such an easy way to update your livingroom or bedroom. I love it! Thanks so much for sharing this at “That’s My Style” Link Party!!! You made my day. I do hope you’ll join in again. I can’t wait to see what you have to share this week. 🙂

    Karla @ http://www.MySerendipitousLife.com

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