This is possibly the easiest way to make a cushion cover, even if you don’t have any sewing experience as you don’t need to fuss about with inserting zips or sewing buttonholes.
My mum gave me an old shirt that used to be my Gran’s, as she thought I might like to do something with it. I really liked the fabric and some pretty embroidery that was on the button stand, but the style and fit were not great. The shoulders were massive on me and shoulders can be tricky to alter!
So the shirt sat in a pile of other random bits of fabric for a few months until I decided I wanted to make some cushions for our bedroom. I remembered the shirt and cut a square out of the front and back, sewed around the edges and here’s the result:
I used the existing button stand of the shirt as the opening for the cushion cover. This meant that I could make the embroidery a feature and I didn’t have to put a zip in the cover, which is good, because sometimes I’m lazy!
If you want to try this yourself, measure the dimensions of your cushion insert, add 1 cm (for seam allowance) around all edges and cut out a square that size. For example, if your cushion is 30 cm x 30 cm, cut out two squares 32 cm x 32cm. Then with the right sides of the fabric together, sew around all four edges, turn it through to the right side and give it a press. Insert the cushion through the button stand opening and you have a lovely new cushion!
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Edit: There has been some confusion as to how this works, so allow me to clarify. One of the squares of fabric needs to be cut from the front of the shirt, with the button stand running right down the middle of the square. That way, when all four sides of the cushion have been sewn, you have a functional opening down the middle of the cushion in the form of the button stand from the shirt. This particular shirt that I used had a concealed button stand. That is that the buttons are hidden behind another layer of fabric. So while you can’t see buttons down the front of this cushion, I assure you they are there. They are just hiding.
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