Friday, September 27, 2013

"W" is for Windowseat Cushion Cover

Sew: quilted drop cloth cushion cover

A windowseat makeover in the family room of our new home.

I've been slowly progressing in the family room: painting all the red paneling, windows and trim is no small task (to see how check the pool room).

And I finally got around to sewing a new windowseat cushion cover using drop cloth that I first quilted:

As you can see below the original fabric was a dark red large floral print which matched the valances and drapes.  All of the window treatments are now gone, I painted all the windows, trim and built-ins semi-gloss white and the paneled walls are Benjamin Moore seapearl:
I still need to find replacement sconces (see that tiny black open electrical box to the left of the window).  And finish up the remaining furniture pieces and wall art too but for now this side is looking swell.

Here's how to sew a quilted drop cloth cushion cover:

1. If possible use the existing fabric cover as your template and rip out all seams:
(** Take pictures of the construction before doing this step, especially around the zipper.)

2. Layer the original fabric, quilt batting, drop cloth:

3. Pin and trim to fit the shape of your cushion:
(** I only quilted the top and side pieces.)

4. Mark your quilting lines using a washable pencil.  I choose 3" on the diagonal:

5. Once you've quilted the pieces, wash and dry them.
Be careful about shrinkage!!

6. Cover the zipper portion with drop cloth:
(I just sewed drop cloth right over the original fabric.)

7. Cover your cording:
(Again I just sewed drop cloth right over the existing fabric.)

8. Now reassemble.
I started with the back (underside) large piece and added the cording:

9. Then the side panel and zipper portion.
The other cording and finally the top piece.

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Flaunt it Friday @ Chic on a Shoestring
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Sunday Showcase Party @ Under the Table & Dreaming


  1. You are amazing. It looks beautiful and you do mighty fine work!

  2. Oh my goodness...I didn't think that a drop cloth could look any better - and then you QUILTED it! It looks FANTASTIC! I have a bench that I slipcovered with a drop cloth and am definitely thinking of quilting it, now. Thanks for showing the steps!