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Cushion Covers are one of the fastest ways to freshen up a room or add a pop of colour, they are nice and quick to whip up AND, if you’re looking for new a product to add to your shop, they sell for a pretty penny on Etsy!
A lot of people worry that zips are tricky to install and that their sewing skills might not be up to it but I’m going to show you how to make a beautiful zipped cushion cover that you can whip up in under an hour and doesn’t even require a zipper foot to make
Easy Zipped Cushion Cover DIY – Supplies
Printed Velvet – I get mine from the Yorkshire Fabric Shop as I love their range of patterns and the quality is unbeatable.
Hollow Fibre Cushion Pad Inserts – These come in a range of sizes but I’d say an average zie is 40x40cm upwards
No.3 Nylon Closed End Zip – text
Fabric Scissors – Fiskars are my favourite brand for any bladed/cutting products when it comes to crafting (they are actauly also one of my favourite garden tool brands too!)
Thread – Gutterman thread isn’t cheap but it’s lovely quality
Sewing Clips – I hardly use pins now when sewing and much prefer using clips
Sewing Machine – I have a Janome TXL 607 but you really don’t need a fancy machine. Here’s a good list of 11 of the best sewing machines you can buy at the moment.
How to make a Zipped Cushion Cover – Step By Step
Measurements and Pattern Pieces
We only need 4 pieces of material for this project and its technically only two pattern pieces, the large square for the cushion and the rectangle for the zipper tab.
As a general rule, when making cushion covers you want to make it so that your finished cover is 2.5cm (or an inch) smaller than the size of the insert your have so that the cushion is nice and plump. I’m using 40 x 40 cm inserts so I’ve cut my pattern pieces to 40 x 40 cm as I know the seam allowances will make the finished cover to be around 38.5 x 38.5cm. My zipper tabs are both 14cm long and the same width as my zips (you can always trim them down to match your zipper width when you attach them)
Prep your zip
Using zipper tabs helps to make your finished cushion look more professional AND it means we can go for a simpler zip insertion that doesn’t require a zipper foot. Fold your zipper tab pieces of fabric and mark the halfway point, attach your zipper tabs by sewing the right side of the fabric to the right side of the zip and stitching across the halfway mark you made. The zipper tab then folds back against the stitched line to make a ‘covering’ for the zipper end, you can trim the excess part of zip that’s hidden by the tabs – I do this as it stops the layers getting too bulky when you turn it right side out.
Attach zip to your fabric
Lay your zip and first cushion piece right sides together, pin or clip so that the edges line up. We’re going to run as thin a seam as possible along the top side so that we have a nice amount of fabric to fold back on itself. Only attach this first cushion piece, we will finish this side of the zip first and then move on to the next cushion piece.
Conceal your zip
Now that the zip is attached you fold the fabric back towards the zipper line as close as possible (i find it helps to press the seam with my finger a few times, you could use an iron on a low heat if you want to but just be careful of the zip plastic) and run another thin edging line across the whole zip.
You then repeat those steps again on the other side so you end up with a neatly installed, fully functioning zip on a cushion that just needs it’s sides stitching together!
Close you cushion sides
The rest of the process is really nice and easy! Fold you cushion pieces right sides together (make sure that the zip is part open otherwise its a pain to turn right side out) and run a seam stitch around all 3 remaining sides. Snip all your corners to reduce bulk when you turn out.
To finish your zipped cushion cover off, add a small border seam around the unzipped edges. This border seam will help the cushions to maintain their shape and makes them more durable overall as there is less pressure placed on the internal seam, plus, they really help to make the cushion look ‘finished’ and more professional.
How to sell your zipped cushion covers
As with any item you make to sell you need to take into account your costs for supplies and the time it’s taken you, I’ve covered pricing strategy before in previous posts, but it’s also worth looking at what competitors are pricing their items at as you don’t want to go in too low. Based on results from Marmalead the mid-range price for zipped cushion covers is between £21-£45.
Tags for Etsy
You always want to make sure you’re hitting some high ranking long-tail keywords when listing a product on Etsy. Good ones to add to a cushion listing like this would be – luxury cushion, cushion covers uk, window seat cushion, velvet cushion cover, zipped cushion. Keywords with high engagement are also a must, try things like – home decor, throw pillow, cushion cover, decorative pillow.
We already know that high-quality images are a top factor when people are deciding to purchase products and that we should be using as many of our photo slots on our Etsy listings as possible so with that in mind take photos of your cushions from every angle and show off how nice your work is. I’ve opted for two white background images, a few staged images and multiple close up shots of my work so that prospective buyers can see exactly what they are buying.