How to make Drop Cloth Cushion Covers
Do you ever find sale items that you just can’t pass up?
I do and I did with this set of 3 outdoors cushions I found on sale last summer at end of the season
What got my attention was the sale price of $15 for the set of three.
I just couldn’t pass up this deal
This is the original cushions
Even though this color is lovey, it wasn’t the neutral colors that I have in my decor
My plan was to make new coverings.
The price of cushion stuffing would be more than $15 so this was a great deal
I put the cushions in the attic and figured I would get time to recover them in the Spring
Fast forward to sometime in June, I pulled them from the attic
Now what would be the best way to cover the cushions?
My favorite way to transform items………Drop Cloth
I had the drop cloth material so now to figure out exactly how I wanted to go about this
Option 1 – cover the cushions with a permanent cover
Or perhaps Option #2, – make a cover that could be removed and washed?
Finally I decided to make a cover for each cushion with a zipper closing
You could also make a removable cover with tie closures if you don’t want to deal with the zippers.
First I lay some of the drop cloth on top of the cushions to see if the red material of the cushions would show through the drop cloth
I was trying to avoid removing the red fabric, because it was more work and because it would just be left with the stuffing and that would be a lot harder to work with.
Me, I go for easy….why not if it looks good and works.
Cutting the Cushion Covers
I spread out my drop cloth material.
Placed a cushion on the end of the cloth
Double cloth over the cushion (this allows for no seam in front)
Allow enough material on end and side for seams
I cut the material to fit the cushions.
Then I pinned the material around the cushion to get my fit
When pinning I left one end open so that I could remove the cover for sewing
Once pinned and fitted to size
I slid the cover off the cushion and now was ready to sew
I double stitched all seams, to reinforce.
Once sewn, I then put the cover back on the cushion to make sure it fit.
Fit was OK, so I then serged all edges.
Once sewn & serged its time to iron the cushion cover.
Iron all seams flat and iron entire cover to remove any wrinkles in the Drop Cloth
You can hand sew the opening closed or you can add a zipper.
I decided to add a zipper closure
There are so many options in regard to the drop cloth leave it plain or add a design.
1. Gather your cushions that you would like to cover.
2. Cut out your drop cloth, using your cushions as your pattern.
3. Pin the drop cloth around the cushion, fitting snuggly.
4. Leave one end open, so you can remove the drop cloth cover to sew.
5. Double seam the three sides.
6. Once sewn put back on cushion to make sure the fit is as you like.
7. If it fits, serge edges (if you have a serger) if not don’t worry it will be fine.
8. Iron seams flat and iron out all wrinkles.
9. You can hand sew the end closed or add a zipper closure.
10. Use yarn to make your tucks (optional) These will have to be untied and removed when you want to wash the cover.
COST of Cushions & Covers
3 cushions – $15.00
Drop cloth material – $ 8.00
Total Cost $23.00