Thursday, May 17, 2012

Easy Box Cushion Slipcovers


As I mentioned yesterday, I used the same basic envelope closure pillow cover technique to recover the box cushions on our Craigslist-rehabbed porch furniture.  The old covers were done the "right" way, with side panels and welting at the edges, and a zippered back.  Same style as this:


Though other than the sewing technique, they looked nothing like this adorable cushion.  They were dark navy with a mauve and white floral pattern and, frankly, just ugly as sin. 

I haven't sewn box cushions before, and am pretty sure I could have done it the right way...but the time commitment to do so was completely overwhelming.  I had ten of them to make and wanted to reuse the foam inserts, all of which were slightly different sizes, which would have meant ten different patterns, cutting out all the side panels, making all the welting...I've lost track already.  So I created a little shortcut for myself, and while they are lacking a bit of that nice structured look that a true box cushion cover gives, I'm so happy with the results and even happier that it didn't take me a month to do them all.  A seam runs down the middle of each side, but the frame of the furniture disguises this a bit and it's really not that noticeable at all.

As I started removing the old covers, several of the foam inserts disintegrated into dust upon contact with the air.  Instead of buying new foam (which can be crazy expensive) I decided to order five euro pillows, 26"x26" ($10 each from Sears.com).  These covers were done exactly as the ones for our office, just a larger size.

back view

To measure the size for the box cushion covers, you take one side of the cushion plus width to get your width measurement, and one side plus length to get the length measurement.  See the link above to the pillows I made for our office for specific instructions on how to sew the covers after getting your measurements.

After making the cover for your box cushion and inserting the cushion into its cover, you get these empty corners, which don't look quite right


To disguise this, I used the easiest little trick.  Pull the corner out taut with your fingers.


Then tuck it in on itself.


Play a little until it is nice and flat.  Repeat on the other corners. 


And that is it!





Super easy, right?!

19 comments:

  1. I am using this to DIY my own covers - getting foam this week to cover. This is my first time doing anything like this, so I appreciate the simple instructions and photos! Thanks!

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    1. Not sure if you figured this out already - but I saw your earlier question and you do want to add 4" to each of your fabric dimensions :)

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  3. Haha I did figure it out - I read it over again and realized you had already specified. :) Thanks! Do I add 4" to each side? Like 24 inches across - do I add eight to deal with both sides?

    I'm an English teacher and numbers frighten and confuse me :D

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    1. If your cushions are 24x24 you'd want to cut the fabric for each cover to 30x64. Hope they turn out great for you!

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  4. Just FYI - they turned out wonderfully! Great tutorial!

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    1. They are beautiful!! I also have a lot of porch cushions to recover and I love the fabric you used....... Wherebdidmyou find it??

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    2. They are beautiful!! I also have a lot of porch cushions to recover and I love the fabric you used....... Wherebdidmyou find it??

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    3. I got the fabric here:

      https://www.fabric.com/ProductDetail.aspx?ProductID=b51d2fb8-160b-477b-9cbb-a225969f11d0

      Looks like it's sold out now but being restocked the end of this month.

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  5. Looking forward to doing this project but I am confused by the measurements. If I have cushions that are 14 inches square and 2 inches on the sides, what size fabric do I cut out for each pillow? Thank you!

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    1. Hi! You'll want your fabric to be cut to 18" x 40"

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  6. I used this to make covers for the cushions in our camper and they turned out great!! I did add a few steps at the end. I finished the seams inside, then I pinned the edges where the corners were tucked and sewed them. Looks perfect! Thanks for this information!

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    1. Oh...and I added snaps to the opening because the cushions are long so the fabric gaped. I thought about velcro but then remembered all of the dirt that camping entails which would get stuck in the velcro and went with snaps.

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    2. So glad to hear they turned out!! Thanks for letting me know :)

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  7. I've been looking for an easy way to recover our camper cushions. So glad I found this tutorial!

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  8. I've been looking for an easy way to recover our camper cushions. So glad I found this tutorial!

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    1. Another reader (comment above) flipped the cushions inside out and sewed the corners closed, which I think is a great idea! Hope yours turn out great :)

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