What is Envelope Cushion Cover?
An envelope cushion cover is a type of cushion cover consisting of a flap on the back that opens and closes like an envelope, thus the name. It is a common style choice for cushion covers because it is easy to remove and wash. At the same time, the flap enables easy access to the cushion insert so that you can take it off when needed.
The lack of zippers and buttons makes it easy to make. Many customization options are available for its design, such as choosing different fabrics and textures. Not many techniques are involved, making it an excellent choice for novice sewers. It makes for a great beginner sewing project requiring minimal sewing skills.
How to Make an Envelope Cushion Cover?
Let’s start with the detailed guide for making an envelope cushion cover.
What you need:
First, you must gather what you need for this sewing project. You can use a duck feather or hollowfibre cushion. If it is a big project, you can buy wholesale. These are the supplies you must gather:
- Ruler or Measuring Tape
- Sewing Machine (or Needle and Thread)
What fabric to use:
Before anything else, you must choose the fabric for the envelope cushion cover. Ideally, choose a material that is durable and machine washable. It’s crucial if you intend to use it on a cushion that will undergo lots of wear and tear. Choosing between a solid or patterned fabric depends on your style preference or your existing décor.
Cotton and cotton blends are fabric types ideal for this purpose.
Measuring and cutting the fabric:
Once you have chosen your fabric, it’s time to measure and cut it. The size of the envelope cushion cover will determine the size of fabric you need for this project. However, you want to leave enough allowance on the seams. For example, if you are making a cover for an 18-inch cushion, cut a 19-inch square fabric. You will need the allowance when closing the seams together.
Lay the fabric flat on the surface. Measure and mark the fabric according to your intended size. Use a ruler or measuring tape to ensure the accuracy of your measurements. Next, cut the fabric with scissors. Do this step for every piece of cushion cover you want to make.
Hem the edges:
Hem the edges of the fabric to give the cushion cover a neat and professional look. Do this by folding each fabric side by a quarter of an inch. Iron it flat, then repeat the same process on the other side. Pin the edges and then sew it using a straight stitch method.
Create the envelope flap:
The envelope flap is essential because it provides access to the cushion insert. To make one, fold one of the shorter edges of the fabric by half an inch and then iron it flat. Fold it again by another half-inch and then iron it once more. Finally, pin the folded edge in place by sewing it with a straight stitch.
Repeat the same step above for the other piece of fabric. However, you must fold it by an inch and then again by an inch before ironing and sewing it in place.
The sewing process:
Once you have hemmed the edges and created the envelope flap, sew the cushion cover. Bring the two sides of the fabric together, ensuring the right sides face each other. The envelope flap must overlap at the center.
Trim any excess fabric and turn the cushion cover with the right side out. Insert the cushion into the cover, and you’re done!
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