Now I’m going to show you how to measure and
cut the fabric for a cushion. We’re going to start with a bottom cushion. And it’s a
nice rectangular cushion. We can measure it with a tape measure. We’re going to measure
from seam to seam right there where the piping ends. You want to measure from, this cushion
has piping, from seam to seam right at the piping. And that’s 26 inches. Now, too, we’ll
add to that 26 inches a 5/8ths inch seam allowance on both sides. And 5/8ths plus 5/8ths is 1
1/4. So to the 26 inches we will add 1 1/4 inch. And the other side going the other way
is 24 inches. And again we want to add a 5/8ths seam allowance to that measurement and 2 times
5/8ths. So 5/8ths here and 5/8ths here is 1 1/4 inch so this measurement that we will cut will be 25 and
1/4 inches. Now I’ll show you how to measure the end to cut the fabric for the front panel
of the bottom cushion. And we’re going to need to do this in two pieces. A front piece
that will go from the side of the cushion all the way around to the other side. And
then the other part of the side cushion is going to be this zipper panel. And the zipper
panel comes around the sides about 3 or 4 inches. And if you do this it’ll help to get
your cushions in and out of the cover when you’re finished with it. So you want that
back zipper panel to lap over, curl around the sides of the back and down the side a
bit. Okay? So our first measurement is going to be how wide we need for our side panel.
And again you measure from seam to seam. And from seam to seam it measures 5 inches. And
to that 5 inches we’re going to add a seam allowance for both sides of 5/8ths inch. And
5/8ths inch plus 5/8ths inch is 1 1/4. So our side panel is going to be 6 1/4 inches
wide. And then we’ll measure from here, the side, all the way around the front, oops,
and to the other side. And we have over 60 inches. Now the width of our fabric and the
way we’re cutting the fabric we only have 60 inch widths. And this is over 60 inches.
So I’m going to cut 2 strips and then I’ll trim them to the right length later. So I’ll
cut 2 strips of 60 inch by 6 1/4 inches for the side panels. And I’ll trim off the excess
layer. Next I’ll show you how to measure and cut for this zipper panel on the bottom cushion.
Now we need a 6 1/4 inch panel in the back also but here we’re going to insert a zipper
in the middle. And in order to insert the zipper in the middle we need some seam allowances.
So 2 more seam allowances of 5/8ths inches will give us an additional amount of fabric
of 1 1/4 inches. So we’re going to cut the panel for this back section 7 1/2 inches.
And then we’ll cut it in half and insert the zipper.