How to

How to make a cushion cover without a sewing machine

If you don’t know how to sew, don’t have a machine or just want a fun, fast way to update your living room then this stylish knotted cushion cover is for you

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Step 1

Lay a 150cm square piece of fabric on a large work surface. Place a 50cm cushion insert in the centre of the fabric.

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Step 2

Fold lower third of fabric over cushion insert.

Step 3

Fold over the top third of the fabric.

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Step 4

At each end, fold in both corners to make a narrow triangle shape.

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Step 5

Carefully turn over cushion. Pull ends of fabric over the cushion and tie in a knot.

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Step 6

Tuck fabric ends into knot to complete the look.

Top tips

  • Fabrics such as velvet or linen would work well for this project, or a patterned fabric would be effective, too.
  • You could experiment with various sizes, such as a lumbar cushion or euro option. Just adjust your fabric size to suit.
  • The cushion cover is easy to wash, just untie and tie again when clean.
  • For extra longevity, you could stitch or fabric glue your knot in place to ensure it won’t come undone and sew up the folded-over opening at the back.

Styling by: Jackie Brown, Corina Koch and Kerrie-Ann Jones. Photography by: James Henry/bauersyndication.com.au.

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