25. How to Make an Envelope Cushion Cover

Turn an old curtain into this very simple envelope cushion cover and add some buttons for decoration. It doesn't have to be football-related!

This episode is subtitled: Is everyone enjoying the sport…?

Euro 2016 and three of the home nations still in the competition! Even though the football is playing havoc with the Corrie schedule, I don’t actually mind it, and I’ve also enjoyed watching coverage of the tennis at Queens and the triathlon in Leeds, but what I’m most excited about is Wimbledon, which starts on Monday (yay!).

If watching sport isn’t your thing then it’s a great opportunity to get your stash of bits & bobs out and have a little craft time. It’s week 25 here at Salvage Box so there should be plenty of inspiration on this site but if you feel like exploring further afield I’ve included Mollie Makes on the page ‘Jenny’s Top 10‘, making a total of six entries that give you creative ideas.

I’ve gone with the football theme this week and used an old curtain with some small plastic football buttons. But don’t panic, you can follow this technique and use prettier fabric, or plain fabric with a motif, or add a lace trim, or whatever takes your fancy.

The buttons are for decoration only as there are no fastenings on this cover, making it a quick and easy project, even if you’re not a confident sewer. It’s especially quick if you find a small cushion inner like me. This shape is called a boudoir cushion and you can pick up a polyester-filled one very cheaply from places like TJ Hughes or Abakhan.

Blue's signatureI unpicked the lining and washed the curtain for starters. Then measured my cushion inner.

Turn an old curtain into this very simple envelope cushion cover and add some buttons for decoration. It doesn't have to be football-related!

We need three pieces of material to make the envelope, one the size of the cushion inner (plus seam allowance) and two, which are 5cm shorter on the vertical edge. So for my cushion, which measures 46cm x 32cm, I cut one piece 48cm x 34cm and two pieces 48cm x 29cm.

Turn an old curtain into this very simple envelope cushion cover and add some buttons for decoration. It doesn't have to be football-related!

It’s a good idea to zigzag or overlock around the edges of each piece to prevent them from fraying. You might struggle to see the zig zag on the picture but I assure you it’s there.

Turn an old curtain into this very simple envelope cushion cover and add some buttons for decoration. It doesn't have to be football-related!

Take one of your smaller pieces and hem one of the horizontal edges. I made the hem quite big by ironing 3cm over, then another 3cm before pinning and stitching into place. I did two rows of stitches because I thought it would look good (and it did!). The double row of stitches is where the opening is on the finished cushion and is where I sewed the buttons on at the end. The size of the hem determined how far up the cushion this opening was.

Take the other smaller piece and hem that. Because we’d zigzagged all round, and this edge was going to be tucked way inside, I only turned it over once (about 3cm-4cm) and pinned and stitched it (just one row of stitches). You don’t want to make this piece too short because there needs to be enough overlap to ensure your cushion doesn’t gape at the opening.

Turn an old curtain into this very simple envelope cushion cover and add some buttons for decoration. It doesn't have to be football-related!

Turn an old curtain into this very simple envelope cushion cover and add some buttons for decoration. It doesn't have to be football-related!

Turn an old curtain into this very simple envelope cushion cover and add some buttons for decoration. It doesn't have to be football-related!

Then you need to lay the pieces on top of each other. Start with the big piece (the back) and place it right side up. Take a smaller piece, the one with the double stitching, and place it right side down so the un-hemmed edges line up and the hemmed edge is lying part way up the back.

Turn an old curtain into this very simple envelope cushion cover and add some buttons for decoration. It doesn't have to be football-related!

Take your final piece and place it, also right side down, in the opposite direction so the un-hemmed edge lines up with the other end of the big piece and the hemmed edge is also lying part way up the back.

Turn an old curtain into this very simple envelope cushion cover and add some buttons for decoration. It doesn't have to be football-related!

Pin the three pieces together and stitch all the way round (my seam allowance was 1cm). There’s no need to leave an opening because you already have one in the middle! Cut off your corners and turn it right way out.

Turn an old curtain into this very simple envelope cushion cover and add some buttons for decoration. It doesn't have to be football-related!

Turn an old curtain into this very simple envelope cushion cover and add some buttons for decoration. It doesn't have to be football-related!

Stuff the inner in and choose some buttons to sew on for decoration.

Turn an old curtain into this very simple envelope cushion cover and add some buttons for decoration. It doesn't have to be football-related!

Turn an old curtain into this very simple envelope cushion cover and add some buttons for decoration. It doesn't have to be football-related!

Turn an old curtain into this very simple envelope cushion cover and add some buttons for decoration. It doesn't have to be football-related!

Tips:

  • If you prefer to do button holes and make the buttons functional then you won’t need quite as much overlap so you could use a bit less material for your smaller pieces.
  • I found this tutorial from Lia Griffith useful.

Salvaged Items:

  • Old curtain

As usual, there is plenty of old curtain left which I’m thinking of making into a draught excluder in the winter, or a door stop, or… any other thoughts?

Next week I’m planning on working with an old can (like a baked beans can) but I’ve not tried doing anything like this before so wish me luck! Hope to see you then for something new and exciting, and hopefully can-related.

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4 thoughts on “25. How to Make an Envelope Cushion Cover

  1. A case for specs or sun specs or a case for a small pack of tissues or a small pin cushion with elastic attached that dressmakers have on their wrist. Or a pencil case / make up bag.

  2. Hello Jenny – This has inspired me to make some new covers with some old curtains. They look so easy to make, and the buttons can make a statement. I will let you know how I get on.

    Jayne.

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