Sew a removable cushion cover

My friend Michele recently bought a cute bench for her back door. It was the perfect size and finish, but she was startled by the fabric cover for the cushion: spotless white.

Did I mention she has a three-year-old, a nine-month-old and a dog … and this bench was going to be placed inches from the baby’s highchair? Yikes.

I told Michele it would be no problem to sew a cover, so she brought me the cushion and a metre of modern brown, green and aqua chevron print from Atlantic Fabrics.

She picked outdoor fabric because it’s so kid-friendly (a.k.a. stain-friendly) and you can often just wipe off the surface. She also brought a zipper, I noticed, sucking in my breath sharply.

I don’t have a good track record with zippers. I’ve sewn them (badly) into my daughter’s clothing and they never turn out exactly right. In my mind, I’d figured I’d put snaps on her cushion cover or maybe sew something pocket-style? But here was this long brown zipper that perfectly matched the fabric.

I had to give it a try …

Continue reading in my weekly DIY column, My Handmade Home …


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