Cutting the strips at 45 deg to the grain is best practice as it allows the fabric to stretch when bending the piping around a tight corner. That said you can cut straight strips with the grain. It will work and uses less fabric.
Hi there, I love this tutorial but is there a quick reference to what size zip to buy in relation to the cushion size, as I’m buying it along with my fabric?
We advise the zip should be at least 4cm longer than the opening, the opening is 0cm shorter than the side of the cushion (5cm in from each end). Therefore a zip 6cm shorter than the side of the cushion or more is what you need.
If it is longer it doesn't matter because you can always cut it down.
Your tutorials are fab & I always return to them.
on the cushions, if I cut my fabric to 16" x 16" which is the size of my inner, & I allow 2 cm hems, won't the cover be tight once the inner is in?
Yes, but that is how we want it because if you make the cover to the
exact size, the pad will be loose and move around inside the cushion
cover. (the cushions do come up a bit smaller than the advertised pad
size but they are plump and full.)
If you are not happy that the cushion will not be 16" x 16" when finished, you need to need to make the cushion with a larger pad.
How much seam allowance to you need? Or are the fabric panels EXACTLY the same size as the cushion?
I suppose if you want a soft cushion you would add a seam allowance but if a firmer cushion you would cut the panels the same size as the pad so it has to be squashed in quite tightly.
We use no seam allowance and cut the fabric panels the same size as the
cushion as we don't like the cushions baggy and the pad moving around in
them. These images of the cushions made in the videos to give you
and idea of their fullness, we used feather pads.