DIY: Covers for cushions by reusing your old clothes


  • Scraps of fabrics or old clothes
  • Scissors
  • Sewing Machine


If you have scraps of cloth in your house or clothes that you no longer use, do not throw them away! I'll give you an idea on ​​how to make your own cushion covers by recycling old clothes or pieces of fabric that you have lying around .

3 hoursDifficultyMedium

Step 1: The fabrics

The first thing you will have to do is:

  • Separate scraps or old clothes.
  • See what combinations you can make with the fabrics.
  • Maybe you can make combinations of plain fabrics and the ones with prints.
  • Display your creativity and use as much as possible fabrics you have lying around.

In the example, you can see fabrics from old curtains (the beige fabric), a long hippie style dress (flowered fabric) and a cloth tablecloth with checkered pattern (orange and white).

Step 2: Measure and cut

1. Measure:

Measure the cushions. These cushions are 50 x 50 cm. The measurements of the covers should be two centimeters longer on each side, through which the seam will pass. In this case, the fabric should measure 54 x 54 cm.

2. Cut:

Cut pieces of fabric that you will place on the covers, to give decorative details.


Now sew the covers on the back. If you have a sewing machine, use it, if not, you can do it by hand.

When the covers are joined, add the printed patches on them. If you like, create shapes, such as hearts, circles, squares, diamonds, etc.; let your imagination fly.

To sew the shapes on the covers, you can do it by hand or sewing machine.

In this case, I used a Singer Start 1306 sewing machine. It is basic and perfect for beginners. 

Step 3: Combine the fabrics

With the pieces of fabric, create creative combinations:


  • Combine square prints with floral.
  • Add colored stripes.
  • Place fabrics in the shape of a heart, stars, etc.

Step 4: Decorative pillows ready!

I hope this idea to recycle fabrics or old clothes will inspire you to create your own cushion covers. See how well they look adorning the sofa in the living room!

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