How to Sew a Cushion Cover Without a Zip

Have you ever bought some new cushions but could not find any covers for them that you like and goes well with your d├ęcor? Sometimes, you will feel like the readymade ones could have different patterns and designs to match your sofa the best. The thing is that if you took a little time out of your day and put a little effort, you can achieve your dream cushion cover. Here we bring you to our tutorial on how to sew a cushion cover without a zip.

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The thing about readymade cushion covers available in the market is that they will come with great stitches and perfectly shaped, but they might not be the same size or have an attractive design. In those times, your DIY will come in handy. A lot of us like things a bit simpler, and simple means something that you do not have to worry about a lot while putting on.

There’s no doubt that a cushion cover with a zipper is the best option if you want to be able to take it on and off easily. But sometimes, you may find yourself in a situation where you have everything you need for a cushion cover except a zipper. What can you do in those times? Remember that nothing is impossible, and you can still achieve your DIY cushion cover without a zipper.

Fun Ways to Make Cushion Cover Without a Zipper

If you think carefully, there is more than one way to make a cushion cover without a zipper. One idea is that you can do it by sewing the whole thing shut, and the other is by putting on some buttons. Now, before you complain about not having buttons, let us tell you that you can still make buttons without solid ones.

Our tutorial will consist of both ways to sew a cushion cover without a zip. And we are here to ensure that each method will be easy enough for you. We are aware that some of you might have a sewing machine, and some of you may not. For that case, we are going to add both ways with proper instruction for your convenience. So, without any further ado, let’s get started with our tutorial.

How to Sew a Cushion Cover Without a Zip

So, as we have mentioned earlier, there are two basic ways to make the cover, and you can do it using two types of tools- needles and sewing machines. We will separate the two methods and provide instruction for each of them.

Tools Needed:

As for sewing with needles, you need

  • Fabric
  • Cushion
  • Measuring tools
  • Scissors
  • Needles
  • Thread

Sew a Cushion Cover: No Zip!

Step One: Wash and Iron the Fabric

You have to know that it is essential to wash your fabric beforehand if you have a newly bought one. As there are chances that the fabric will shrink after wash, that means your pillow will not fit after a certain period.

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So, you have to give the fabric a good wash. After the fabric is dried, make sure to iron or steam press it so that the fabric will not have any creases, and it will be easier to work with.

Step Two: Measure the Pillow and the Fabric

In order to complete this step, you will need to have your measuring tools and scissors ready. With the measuring instrument, first, you have to measure the pillow. You have to measure its length and width accurately.

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The most important part to remember is, you will have to add one inch to each side when you measure the fabric.

For example, if your pillow has a width of 12 inches and a 16 inches length, the fabric has to be 13×17 inches.

Next, you will have to measure the fabric’s width and length with the added one inch.

Fold the fabric in half. You have to line up the measurement with a pencil to work in better condition.

Cut up the folded fabric with a scissor carefully and separate them into to equal part. Put one fabric on top of another to see if they are the same size or not.

There you will have suitable materials to work with.

Step Three: Sewing Time!

In this step, you will need to use the suitable tools for you- it could be needles or the sewing machine.

For those of you who are working with needles, follow the steps bellow-

Align the fabric with their backside on top of each other.

Use pins at each corner to keep the fabric in place while you sew, or you can use fabric glue to glue the two pieces of fabric together, leaving one side open so that it doesn’t move while you sew.

Cut corners into a round shape.

With a matching thread on your needle, start sewing the sides using a baste stitch. You should make the stitch closer to each other with a small gap so they will have a stronger grip.

Start Sewing the Sides

Remember the keep one side open.

And for those of you using a sewing machine, follow the steps below-

Glue or pin your fabrics together.

Cut corners in round shape.

Sew the sides of the fabric together, keeping one side open. There you have it done!

Step Four: Final Touch!

Now, you have to turn the cover with the right side out. After that, push the corners out to even everything up.

Get your pillow and see if it’s the right size for the pillowcase. If it is, great! If not, you might need to get a new pillow.

For the next step, needles and sewing machine users must follow the same routine. You will need to use a needle to shut the open side of the cover.

Using the invisible hand stitch method, sew the opening side of the cover shut.

That’s it! You are done making your DIY cushion cover.

Sew Cushion Cover: Buttons Edition!

As for this option of how to sew a cushion cover without a zip tutorial, you will need the same tools you have used in the previous one. All you have to do is keep some extra fabric saved.

To start, you will have to follow the same ways of the first two steps. Wash the clothes, iron or stream press it, measure everything, and then align them.

But before you glue them or sew them, you have to determine which side you want to put in the opening side of the cover.

You have to sew those parts on each piece of the fabric without a baste stitch or any other stitching method. All you have to make sure is they look good.

Now, you must glue each piece together or pin them down.

 Glue Each Piece Together

Cut corners in a rounded shape.

After you are done with that, you have to follow everything written in step three.

So, now you are done with a half-made cover with one side open. Flip the cover on the right side.

The only thing you will do otherwise is step four.

In step four, you will have to add the buttons. So, now that you have your one-side open cover, put that aside.

Take the saved-up fabric. If you have an extra button on your hand, you can use them. Or, if you do not, you can use something solid or nothing. We are going to assume you have nothing on your hand!

Fold a piece of clothes in a ball and put the same clothes used for the cover to cover the ball up. Now, sew the end of the formed portion, and you will have your DIY button. You need to sew the button on one side of the cover.

For the other side, take a thin piece of the fabric and fold it in a long pattern. Sew a few pieces of the fabric together to create a thin-lined piece. Now align the place on the other side of the cover with where you put the buttons and sew the lined cloth to create a loop for the button.

There you have your button DIY cushioned cover.

Final Thoughts

It is always a delight when you have everything in your house matching with the decoration you want to go with. Having colorful cushions in the house is a way to make things brighter and more comfortable.

While it is tough to find the suitable patterns and colors of the cover you want, you will not have to worry so much when you can make your own edition. We tried our best to provide the right instruction on how to sew a cushion cover without a zip. So, if you have all the equipment ready, why waste any time! And if you do not, then get them as soon as possible to make your own cushion cover.

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