Caterpillar Cushion Cover Tutorial.


Today the voice is going to show you how she made a new cushion cover for an old cushion. This is a very special cushion because it’s going in my new space!

It’s really easy to make a cushion cover, for an old cushion, by using an envelope fold. You can hand stitch or machine stitch. I chose to machine stitch.

For this project you will need:

How to make it:

  • Start out by measuring your cushion. Measure the length and the height.
  • If you are going to use the same fabric front and back then measure a length of fabric that is twice the length of the front of your cushion plus four inches. If you are using separate fabrics or don’t have a length of fabric long enough, refer to the diagram below.

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  • Join your pieces of fabric together as shown above.
  • Sew a three-quarter inch hem to edge one and edge two.
  • Now design the front of your cushion. If you are going to use my design you will need twenty-two hexagonals of the appropriate size to fit on your cushion cover (see pictures and diagram below). I used one inch hexagonals. Alternatively you can make up your own.

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  • Once you have pinned your design in place, sew it down. I kept it simple with straight lines from point to point of the hexagonal (see pictures). I also sewed around the edge of the design to give it definition.


  • If you’re hand sewing use small slip stitches to attach your design.
  • When you’re finished, if you’ve used the caterpillar design, you can hand sew a little face on him to make you smile.
  • Once your design is complete then fold the back two edges into the middle so they overlap and they are right side to right side.

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  • Then sew along the long edges.
  • True inside out and insert cushion cover. You should now have an up-cycled cushion!

Have fun and I’d love to see your designs so don’t forget to share them in the comments box below!

Don’t forget I also have a giveaway running until the end of the week for three handmade, cot-bag and grab-and-go-bag sets. Click on the link for more. (UK residents only)



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