This Cath Kidston train print never fails to bring me joy, and with the added allure of red dotty piping this cushion cover is a winner. If you’ve never attempted to make a piped cushion then this is a good start as there is no zip to contend with.
The cushion pad shown is approximately 35 x 35 but this tutorial works for any size, you just need to adjust the measurements. For a nice plump cushion cut your front fabric to just 1cm wider in width and height, this is to allow for the piping. Work with a 1cm seam allowance to help keep your calculations simple. I’ve put my measurements in brackets in case you happen to have a cushion pad the exact same size; I work in centimetres.
You will need:
- Cushion Pad
- Fabric of your choice
- Unfolded Bias Tape – 4 x the circumference of the cushion plus 5cm
- 5mm Piping Cord- 4 x the circumference of the cushion
- Zip foot (or piping foot if you have one)
- General Sewing Paraphernalia
To make it:
1. Cut your front piece of fabric, this should measure 1cm more in width and height than your cushion pad (36 x 36).
2. Cut your back piece to the same width but add another third to the height, this will give you space to create your button placket (36 x 48).
3. Cut the back piece in two equal pieces, turn and press the short edges by 1cm twice and then stitch.
4. Prepare your bias tape by wrapping it around the piping cord and pinning as you go. Using your zip or piping foot, stitch as close to the cord as you can leaving 2.5cm open and without cord at either end.
5. Take your top fabric and draw a curve on one of the corners using a glass, cup, roll of tape – whatever you have that is round. Cut the curve out and use that as a template for the other three corners. Do the same for the back pieces (just the top of one and the bottom of the other) to mirror the front piece.
6. Place the top fabric on a flat surface with right side up, pin your wrapped cord around it with the flat edge flush with the outer raw edge. In order to finish the piping neatly you should have an excess of bias tape and should start and finish stitching (still with the zip foot) 5cm from each end keeping as close to the cord as possible.
7. To close finish the piping neatly, make the end points of the cord meet. Overlap your bias tape around them by at least 1cm. Pin and sew in place once again keeping close to the cord. I never worry about the raw edges.
8. Now to assemble the cover. Place your piped piece onto a flat surface, right side up. Take your first back piece and place right side down on top, then do the same with the second piece. Pin all the way around and stitch, still with the zip foot and keeping as close to the piping as possible. Notch your curves and turn right sides out, press for a nice finish.
9. Pop in your cushion pad and admire your new piping skills.