Easy DIY Drawstring Seat Cushion Cover

Want a way to customize any seat cushion? The perfect solution is a drawstring seat cover, like in the photo above. It pulls to fit the cushion perfectly and is a great way to update some cushions without the intensive work of reupholstering. And these are great for outdoor or indoor furniture! So below are the steps on how to make a versatile drawstring cushion using your favorite fabric.

  1. Start by measuring your cushion. You’ll want to measure the surface area, plus any sides. Add four inches to the sides, as that will be your extra fabric you’ll use to insert the drawstring. Add it all together, so you’ll end up with one large piece of fabric.
  1. Cut your fabric to those measurements. You may want to tack your fabric to the cushion and trim it that way if you need an exact placement for a certain pattern. If you plan to use the piece on other cushions, it’s ok if your fabric is a little big. The cover can be adjusted by pulling the drawstring.
  1. Fold and iron the hems in by two inches at the edge of the fabric. Then sew the edge of the folded fabric, leaving about a half inch between the edge and the seam.
  1. Measure your drawstring by placing it over the seam you just sewed. Add about a foot for extra string that you’ll tie and pull. Cut the string.
  1. Cut a slit in the space between the seam and the edge on the bottom side of the cushion cover.
  1. Feed the drawstring through that slit you just cut. To make it easier, you can tie a bead or a safety pin to the end of the string. Use that to guide the string as you bunch and straighten the fabric to pull the string around the edge of the cushion cover.
  1. Put the cushion in the cover with the bottom side of the cushion facing up. Then pull the drawstring so the cushion cover pulls around the cushion. Tie the string.
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  • Karen - 4 months ago

    Would love to see a photo of how the cushion looks right side up, and in place on the chair or couch.

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