Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Reversible Cushion Cover

I have had this scrap of memory foam for 3 years or so now.  Little man claimed it for the floor near his bed after we changed it from a crib to a toddler bed.  Now that he hasn't needed it for a few months I was wondering how I could re-purpose it.
I thought it would make a great "sofa" for little man's room.  He liked this idea as well and so we got planning!
I wanted it to be removable and reversible.  To make it reversible I needed to use a reversible closure.  Originally I had planned to use a zipper but reversible zippers that do not separate are hard to find!  
So I went with the next best thing, hook & loop (A.K.A. Velcro). 

  • Fabric for the lining and fabric for the outside (see steps 1-4 to calculate fabric needs)
  • Hook and Loop (see step 5 to determine length of hook & loop after calculating size of fabric in steps 1-4)
  • Matching Thread

1.  Measure the width (23").
2.  Measure the length (38").
3.  Measure the thickness (6").
4.  Let's do the math!  Don't be scared.  I have it all for you, you just have to take your measurements and then some simple addition:

CUT ONE from Inside and ONE from Outside Fabric:
"BOTTOM" Pieces
Width + Thickness + 2" 
Length +  2"

CUT ONE from Inside and ONE from Outside Fabric:
"TOP" Pieces
Width + Thickness + 2 1/2" + 2"
Length +  2"

Here were my measurements:
23" + 6" + 2" = 31"
38" + 2" = 40"

23" + 6" + 2 1/2" + 2" = 33 1/2"
38" = 2" = 40"

5.  Cut out the closure tab on the top pieces.
Take the thickness measurement and add 3" (mine = 9"), this will be the amount you measure in from the length edges.
Next measure in 2 1/2" from ONE of the width edges. 
Cut on the measurements to create the tab closure.
6.  Make your square corners!  Take 1/2 the thickness then add 5/8" (my measurement was 3 5/8").
Go to all four main corners, NOT the corners of the tabs.  On the wrong side of the fabric, measure in the corner measurement and mark with a line.  You are creating a square, see photo:
See the tab closure to the left.  Do not mark the corners of the tab closure.  Just the large corners of the tops and bottoms. 
7.  Fold the corner into a triangle, right sides of the fabric together, lining up the lines and pin. 
Double check that your lines are matching by seeing
that the pin is through the line on the back.
8.  Sew on the entirety of the line.
9.  Trim the excess corner down to a 1/4 - 1/2" seam allowance.
10.  Place each top inside each bottom, right sides together.  
Line up all of the large corners.
Pin the corners in place matching the corner seams just sewn.  
Pin the corners first and then pin the sides, excluding the tab closure side.
11.  The tab closure will stick out like so:
12.  Stitch around the three non-closure tab sides with a 5/8" seam allowance.
12.  Stitch the edges from the closure tab to the corners on that edge with a 5/8" seam allowance.
Only the tab closure and the bottom section that lines up with the tab closure should be not be sewn now. 
13.  Turn one of the top and bottom pieces right side (this will be referred to as the outside) out and leave the other wrong side out (this will be referred to as the lining). 
With the tab closures both on top, stick the outside inside the lining, fabric will be right sides together.
Line up the tab closures and the bottoms of the outside and lining. 
14.  Pin.
15.  Stitch with a 5/8" seam allowance all along the edge, leaving a 6" opening on  the long edge of the bottoms.
16.  Using the gap turn both sides right side out.
17.  Tuck the lining back into the outside. 
18.  Edge stitch around all the edges of the tab closure and the bottom.
19.  Pin the hook part of the hook and loop to the edge of the tab closure.
Pin the loop part to the bottom about 2 1/2" from the edge.
21.  Place your foam or cushion inside the new cover! 
 You can also turn it inside out because, hey, it's reversible! :) 

1 comment:

Angie said...

I'm going to have to try this. I made some extra-large pillows once trying to get the same effect, but they didn't turn out quite how I envisioned. This look perfect!

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