When it comes to creating cushions for your furniture, measuring the fabric correctly is crucial for a perfect fit. In this article, we will guide you on how to measure fabric for cushions.
Before measuring the fabric, measure the cushion first. Take the length, width, and height of the cushion.
Once you have measured the cushion, add 1 inch to each measurement to allow for seam allowances. Multiply the total by 2, and add an additional 10-12 inches for pattern matching and cutting errors.
When selecting the fabric, consider the durability, washability, and color. Cotton and linen are popular choices for cushions as they are breathable and easy to maintain.
Using a fabric marker or chalk, mark the measurements onto the fabric. Cut the fabric according to the measurements.
Place the two pieces of fabric together with the right sides facing each other, and sew the edges together using a sewing machine. Leave an opening for the cushion to be inserted.
Insert the cushion into the fabric cover and adjust it to fit properly.
Sew the opening closed by hand using a needle and thread.
How do I measure a curved cushion?
To measure a curved cushion, use a flexible measuring tape and measure along the curve to get an accurate measurement.
Can I use a different fabric for the back of the cushion?
Yes, you can use a different fabric for the back of the cushion to add a decorative touch.
How do I clean the cushion cover?
Check the care instructions on the fabric. Most fabrics can be washed in a washing machine on a gentle cycle.
Can I use a patterned fabric for the cushion?
Yes, patterned fabrics can add a fun and unique touch to your cushions. Just make sure to align the pattern correctly when cutting the fabric.
What type of thread should I use?
Use a strong, durable thread that is suitable for the fabric you are using.
Do I need to prewash the fabric?
It is recommended to prewash the fabric to avoid any shrinking or color bleeding after the cushion is made.
How do I know how much fabric to buy?
Measure the cushion and calculate the fabric needed using the formula provided earlier in this article.
Can I add piping to the cushion?
Yes, piping can add a decorative touch to the cushion. Cut the piping to the same length as the cushion edges and sew it onto the fabric before sewing the edges together.
Measuring and making your own cushions allows for a custom fit and personalized style.
Use a rotary cutter for precise cuts and make sure to match the pattern of the fabric when cutting and sewing.
Measuring fabric for cushions can seem daunting, but by following these steps, you can create beautiful, custom cushions for your furniture. Remember to measure the cushion first, choose a durable fabric, and allow extra fabric for pattern matching and cutting errors. Happy sewing!