How to Make a Cushion

This is my technique for making up a cushion. It is super easy. The finished back will be double thickness. I do this because I always use dress/craft weight fabric for my patchwork (not furnishing fabric) and this double thickness makes a stronger, more durable back for the cushion and it is more crease resistant I find.


For this example I will be completing a 14″ x 20″ cushion. Once you understand the technique you can adjust measurements to suit the size cushion that you require.

1. For cushion back, cut two pieces of fabric 14.5″ x 22″. Fold each piece in half so that you have two pieces 14.5″ x 11″. Press and sew a line of stitching ¼″ from folded edge and another 1½″ from folded edge.

2. Bring each piece of fabric together at folded edges and overlap by 2½″ to make a cushion back 14.5″x 20″.

3. Sew buttonholes along one side of cushion back for cushion fastening. I sew three,   evenly spaced apart. Alternatively, you could sew a strip of Velcro to either side.

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4. Place cushion front (which will be 14.5″ x 20″) and cushion back right sides together making sure that buttonhole edge is the edge tucked underneath (next to right side of cushion) and sew around all four edges.

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5. Trim corners, turn through and press. Sew buttons on back opening to correspond with buttonholes..


  1. Lovely pattern. Thank you

  2. Eulalia Isabel says:

    Gracias, lindo cojin, voy a tratar de hacerlo.


  3. What a jolly pattern but I think it will have to be for next year.

  4. Gracias por adjuntar el diagrama.


  5. I have now added a PDF to the page that you can download for anyone who cannot see the diagrams

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  7. The pictures are not showing up in your post here. I’ve checked in IE8 which I use and also in Google Chrome and neither one shows them.

  8. ESun cojin precioso y me parece ideal lo de poner la tela doble para reforzar AMPARO? NO TENGO EL PATRON ¿


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