Making a Tufted Cushion: Part 1

In part one of our tutorial we cover cutting instructions and how to attach the piping.


For each cushion you will need:

  • 1 Yard of Fabric
  • One piece of foam that measures 22''x22'' (your local foam store can cut this to size for you)
  • ¾ yards/0.60 metres of thin polyester batting
  • 5 ¼ yards/4.75 metres of premade or purchased piping
  • 8 cover buttons that are 1 1/2'' wide (covered in a coordinating fabric)
  • 12'' long upholstery needle
  • Small spool of waxed upholstery thread
  • Small spool of all-purpose thread to match your fabric
  • Spray adhesive


1. Out of the cushion fabric cut two 22''x22''square pieces and two 45''x5''rectangular pieces. For the batting, cut two pieces that measure 22''x22''.


2. Fold each square of fabric in half and make a small snip at the centre point. Repeat this for the three other sides of your square.


3. Fold your rectangular pieces in half and make a small snip at the centre point on each long edge.


4. Starting about ½'' from the edge of your square piece, sew your piping in place using a zipper foot and a ½'' seam allowance.


5. When you get to the corner, stop sewing ½'' from the edge (making sure that your needle is down in your fabric). Lift up your presser foot and make a small clip in the seam allowance of your piping next to where you finished stitching (½'' from the edge). You may find you need to pivot your project a bit to be able to get in to make your clip.


6. Pivot your fabric to start sewing along the next edge. Line up the unstitched piping piece along this edge, lower your presser foot and continue sewing.


7. When you get close to your final corner, stop sewing and clip off your excess piping. Pull back your piping fabric to expose the piping cord. Trim off ½'' of piping cord and pull the piping back in place. You may find that your piping cord hangs out of your piping piece on one side. That's ok! Just make sure to trim the piping cord to ½'' form the cut edge of your piping. The purpose of trimming the excess piping cord is to make it easier to stitch over the end of your piping piece.


8. Now we will stitch the rest of our piping down. Hold both of your piping ends together (the top piece will curve to the right) as your stitch the rest of your piping in place. If you are worried about the piping pieces shifting while you sew, you can always pin or hand baste the piece in place.


9. Once you stitch over the piping, leave your needle down and pivot your piece. Take a few stitches then stitch off the edge of your piece. Repeat this step for the other side of your cushion.


Congratulations on sewing on your piping! Watch for our follow up video and write up as we complete the tufted cushion.


To see our cover button video check out: https://www.fabricana.com/blog/how-make-fabric-covered-buttons. To see our video on how to make your own piping check out: https://www.fabricana.com/blog/how-make-your-own-piping.




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