10 Home Library Design Ideas

Inserting a zip in a cushion’s back

Cut out the front of the cover as for a basic square cushion cover ( 302 303). Cut another piece 3cm (lXin) wider than the first (to allow extra for the zip seam), then cut it in half widthways.

With right sides facing, stitch the two back pieces together for 5cm (2in) at each end of the opening edge, leaving an opening for the zip. Tack the opening together along the seam line and press the seam open. Insert the zip as for the zip in a side seam.

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Open the zip and, with right sides together, pin, tack and stitch the back of the cover to the front and complete as for the zip in a side seam.

Inserting a zip in a round cushion

Make a paper pattern as for a basic round cushion cover ( 302 305). Cut out the cover front using the pattern. Then cut straight across the paper pattern one third ot the way from one edge. Using the two paper pieces, cut out the two pieces for the cover back, adding a seam allowance along each opening edge.

Stitch the two back pieces together and insert the zip as for the square cushion ( 302-303). Then join the back to the front with right sides together. Notch the seam allowance, turn right side out and press.

Round cushion

7 Stitch cover pieces together along one edge, leaving an opening for zip. Tack opening together and insert zip.

1 Stitch the back pieces together, leaving an opening. Tack opening together, press seam open and insert zip.

7 Using a paper pattern, cut one piece for cover front. Cut two pieces for back and insert zip in back seam.

2 Remove tacking. Stitch the other three sides together. Trim and turn the cover right side out through the zip.

2 Remove tacking. With zip open, stitch the back to the front. Trim and turn the cover right side out.

2 Stitch the back to the front and notch the seam allowance. Turn the cover right side out through the zip.

1 Cut the fabric strips to cover the piping on the bias. Join the strips end to end on the straight grain and trim.

4 Stitch the cover together along one side, sandwiching the piping between the layers and leaving an opening.

5 With the zip open, stitch the zip to the piped edge, then close it and stitch it from the front to the other edge.

6 Open the zip and stitch the other three sides oftre cover together. Trim and turn right side out.

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