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Square or rectangular cushions
If you are making cushions for the first time, it is wise to start with a square or rectangular cushion and stick to simple designs and plain fabrics to begin with. As a next step, by using different fabrics in different combinations, some trimmings and a few basic sewing skills, you will be able to turn an ordinary cushion into something really special. The design variations below may help to inspire your own experimentation!
Using a monochrome colour scheme can be highly effective. Why not personalise a cushion using initials embroidered in a suitable thread - perhaps as a special gift or to personalise a child's bedroom.
Changing either the main face fabric or the piping fabric will create a completely different appearance to the cushion.
Experiment by dividing the front of the cushion cover into sections, joining co-ordinating or contrasting fabrics along these lines for interesting effects. Apply trimmings or buttons for that little something extra.
Cushion design plan
Rectangular cushion with split central panel - made up according to simple design shown left
Cushion with off-centre divide to front panel and buttons
Variations on the use of colour - rectangular cushion
More > Click here to explore design ideas for bordered cushions
In this section:
Square cushions
Bordered cushions
Hamburger cushions
Round & bolster cushions
Box cushions
Making your own cushions
Cushion making projects can be quick and uncomplicated, allowing you to achieve a finished product that you can be proud of without too much hard labour! With a little inspiration and some easy to follow sewing instructions you'll soon be unstoppable.
We have designed a practical step-by-step sewing guide providing comprehensive design and make instructions and illustrations that will enable you to make a range of standard cushion designs with ease. Click here to find out more >>
Master advanced cushions
Here's how to take your newly acquired cushion making skills that step further. Embarking on more complicated designs needn't be daunting and experimenting with different styles and trimmings can really spice up your cushion designs.
Teach Yourself Advanced Cushions covers box cushions to bolsters and enables you to progress with more challenging techniques at your own pace. Find out more >>

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