How to make -
A Piped Cushion
zipped in a plain or patterned fabric
  • - Fabric
  • - Thread
  • - Zip (std NOT concealed)
  • - Cushion Pad
  • - Piping Cord
  • Tools
  • - Sewing Machine
  • - Zip Foot
  • - Needles
  • - Pins
  • - Scissors
  • - Set Square
  • - Straight Edge
  • - Invisible Marker
  • - Cushion Template
  • Watch the videos for full step by step tution of the instructions and expert tips from the workshop

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    Step 9: Finish the Cushion


    The cover is still only joined on one side, we now stitch the other sides together:

    • Lay the right sides together again (face to face) and align the edges.
    • MAKE SURE your zip is at least partially open.
    • Machine stitch with a zip foot around the 3 unjoined sides, keeping your stitching tight to the piping.
    • Attach the ends of the zip neatly to the fold backs of the face fabric.


    Your cushion cover will currently be inside out:

    • Press the cushion cover if necessary
    • Pull the cover through the zip opening to turn it through the right way.
    • Insert the pad
    • Close the zip
    This video shows you
    • How to pin the panels together.
    • How to deal with overlocker thread tails.
    • Why we don't just stitch round in one go.
    • How to machine stitch the panels together.
    • How to sew the corners.

    Extra Help & Comments

    Sew Helpful
    Post your questions and comments here, we will reply so everyone can see the answer.
    Emma Evans
    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?
    Sew Helpful
    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.
    Emma Evans
    I am trying, but struggling to make a piped cushion with a concealed zip at the bottom!!!! Is it even possible?
    Thanks, Emma.
    Sew Helpful
    Have you watched the videos?
    Emma Evans
    I've just paid & watched the piped cushion tutorial as my previous question was how to make a piped cushion using a concealed zip!
    But, it doesn't show me!
    It shows how to sew in a standard zip but not a concealed zip!!As they are different types of zip, I'm struggling as I can't get up as close to the teeth with a concealed zip.
    I'm a bit disappointed now as I've paid & my struggles aren't resolved.
    Sew Helpful
    Please see your email
    I bought concealed zips. Did you get the matter resolved? Stupidly I thought the technique would be the same!
    Sew Helpful
    The tutorial is for using a standard zip not an invisible concealed zip. The  materials list on the side says zip not concealed zip. I will try and make it clearer.
    Anne Cooper
    I have now made 5 cushions following your steps and whilst I am overall pleased with the results, I am unhappy with the corners. I seem to end up with lots of fabric bunched up and not a neat finish. After previous dressmaking experience, I am surprised you don't cut the inner corners at 45degrees to reduce the bulk when they are turned the right way and surprised you just sew at right angles across the corners
    Sew Helpful
    You can do that to reduce bulk if you have a bulky fabric. There are also templates that help make the corners a better shape and stop (dog ears)

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