How to Turn a Pillow Into a Box Cushion With Piping

How to Turn a Pillow Into a Box Cushion With Piping

One of the things I would love to have in my home is a reading nook.

Lots of us living in a small house means that at the moment, there isn’t space for the any of the lovely ones I’ve seen on Pinterest.

However, I’ve decided that I might be able to squeeze a reading nook into my smaller boys’ bedroom.

They have a wooden chest in one corner that is home to the Thomas the Tank Engine wooden railway. It’s sturdy enough for them to sit on and it’s already next to a bookcase!

All this little corner needs is a splash of paint on the chest to smarten it up a bit, some cushions and possibly a lamp. So Phase 1 of Project Reading Nook is making cushions for them to sit on!

We recently bought some new pillows, but as the old ones still had some life left in them, I was reluctant to throw them out. So I decided to turn these old pillows into some new cushions for my boys’ reading nook.

I love a bit of piping on a cushion! If you’ve never made piping before, it’s quite easy and you can find a tutorial for it here.

I need to say at this point that Pam from Threading My Way made some beautiful cushions with contrast piping which I spotted on Facebook a couple of months ago. I have pinched her idea of making the piping in a contrasting colour! You can see her lovely cushions here.

Here’s how to turn a pillow into a box cushion with piping!how to turn a pillow into a box cushion with piping

How to Turn a Pillow Into a Box Cushion With Piping

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You Will Need

A feather pillow for each cushion, 1 m cotton fabric per cushion (there’ll be some left over), fabric for bias strips if you’re making contrast piping and 5 m piping cord per cushion. A zip foot is useful as it will allow you to sew close to the cord.

Making the Pillow the Right Shape

If you’re using an old pillow, you might want to wash it first.

Despite what is says on the label, it is possible to wash a feather pillow. Put it on a hot wash, then into the tumble drier. It will take quite a lot of drying, but once the feathers are dry the pillow will become fluffy again. Two pillows in my tumble drier took about an hour and a half.

To make the pillow into a box shape, take one of the corners. Squash the corner so that the edges of the pillow are together. Measure up 7.5 cm from the corner and pin. Sew across the corner. how to turn a pillow into a box cushion with pipingCut the corner off. Repeat for the other corners.how to turn a pillow into a box cushion with piping

Your pillow is now a box shaped cushion pad!

Making the Piping

There’s a tutorial showing how to do this here. For a standard sized pillow, you will need about 5 m of piping.

Sewing the Cover

1. Cut 1 rectangle 34 cm x 54 cm and 2 squares 34 cm x 34 cm. For the side pieces, cut 2 rectangles 93 cm x 17 cm.

2. Take the 2 side pieces and sew them together along one of the short edges. Hem the other 2 short edges.

3. Hem both the square pieces along one edge. Arrange them so that the hemmed edges overlap and that they are the same size as the rectangular piece.how to turn a pillow into a box cushion with piping

4. Pin the piping around the edge so that the cord is on the inside. how to turn a pillow into a box cushion with pipingWhen you get to a corner, snip the bias strip so that it bends around the corner neatly. how to turn a pillow into a box cushion with pipingOnce you have got all the round, cut the cord so that the ends meet. how to turn a pillow into a box cushion with pipingFold over one end of the bias strip and slip it over the other end. Pin in place.how to turn a pillow into a box cushion with pipinghow to turn a pillow into a box cushion with piping

5. Sew the piping to the bottom section.

6. Pin, then sew the piping to the top section in the same way.

7. With the right sides together, pin the side piece all the way round the bottom section. When you get back to where you started, the ends will overlap. Sew the side to the bottom.

8. Sew the top piece onto the side in the same way.how to turn a pillow into a box cushion with piping

9. Trim the seams and turn the cushion cover the right way out. Stuff the cushion into the cover. You’ve successfully upcycled an old pillow into a box cushion with piping!how to turn a pillow into a box cushion with pipinghow to turn a pillow into a box cushion with pipinghow to turn a pillow into a box cushion with pipinghow to turn a pillow into a box cushion with piping

Tips

If your pillow is a bit flat, even after washing, just make your cover slightly smaller. That way, the feathers will be more squished up and the whole thing will look plumper.

If you don’t want to make your own bias strips, you could use bias binding instead.

If you are in a hurry, it’s possible to buy piping that can be sewn straight in. 

Linking up here.

how to make a pillow into a box cushion with piping

About AnnaWilson

I'm Anna and I live in Norfolk with my four beautiful boys, my husband and a three legged cat. I don't have an actual craft room due to the fact that we are six messy people living in a not very big house. I do however have a pile of unfinished projects. Thankfully there is plenty of room in cyberspace, so make a cup of tea, pull up a chair and make yourself at home! And please leave me comments! And maybe like me on Facebook :)

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