How to Measure Fabric to Cover Cushions

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Covering existing cushions is an effective way to freshen up your décor and give cushions a new look. You can also extend the life of your cushions by covering stained or worn fabric with new decorator fabric. Measure fabric carefully to cover cushions to ensure you purchase enough fabric for your project. Once you have your new fabric, begin your cushion-covering project.

Things You'll Need

  • Tape measure
  • Cushions
  • Paper
  • Pencil
  • Fabric
  • Place the cushion on a flat surface and position the end of the tape measure at the left side edge of the cushion. Stretch the tape measure straight across to the right side edge to measure the length of the cushion. Add 1 inch to this measurement and write this measurement down.

  • Position the end of the tape measure at the top edge of the cushion. Stretch the tape measure straight down to the bottom edge to measure the width of the cushion. Add 1 inch to this measurement and write this measurement down.

  • Determine the height of the cushion by placing the end of the tape measure at the top edge and stretching the tape measure straight down to the bottom edge. Add 1 inch to this measurement and write this measurement down.

  • Combine the length and width measurements from step 1 and step 2. Cut two pieces of fabric with these dimensions.

  • Cut out the welt fabric pieces. The welt is the portion of the cushion cover that covers the height of the cushion. Cut two fabric pieces measuring the length of step 1 and the width (height) of step 3. Cut two more fabric pieces measuring the width of the fabric from step 2 and the height of step 3 (this will be the width of the welt). This will give you four edge pieces of fabric for covering the two length edges and the two width edges of the cushion.

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