How to make an envelope cushion

Simply our step-by-step guide to making this beautiful envelope cushion

wooden bench with cushions and towel
(Image credit: TBC)

Learn how to make your own envelope cushion to decorate your garden bench - the perfect summer accessory!

You will need

Around 1m main fabric (we used Taplow Indigo, ref ED75010, £65 a metre, GP & J Baker)

* Matching thread

* 3 buttons (ours were 95p each, John Lewis)

* Rectangular cushion
pad (we used Feather Pad, 30cm by 60cm, £8.50, The
Upholstery Shop

Before you start:

These instructions assume a 30cm by 60cm cushion pad - you will need to amend the measurements if your pad is a different size.

* If you want to pattern match on a fabric with a large pattern repeat, you may need to make up the cover from more than one piece, in which case add 2.5cm for any additional seams.

Step 1)

Cut a 92cm by 67cm rectangle of fabric. Fold under 2cm and then 3cm along each short edge and hem (see main illustration).

fabric with stitch and thread

(Image credit: TBC)

Step 2)

Lay out the fabric right side up and fold the two hemmed edges to the centre so that they overlap by 20cm. Stitch the sides taking 2.5cm seams (see illustration


Step 3)

Trim and clip seam allowances, turn through the envelope opening and press.

Step 4)

Stitch one button centrally 1cm from the top hemmed edge of the envelope opening and another button equally spaced either side.

There's no need to stitch buttonholes as the overlap on the envelope is deep enough to hold its shape without gaping. The buttons are purely decorative. Insert cushion pad through the opening - the fit will be tight and you'll need to work the pad into the corners for a snug fit.


fabric with stitch and thread

(Image credit: TBC)

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Holly Walsh
Content Editor

Holly Walsh has been Content Editor at Ideal Home since 2021, but joined the brand back in 2015. With a background of studies in Interior Design, her career in interior journalism was a no-brainer and her passion for decorating homes is still as strong as it ever was. While Holly has written for most of the home titles at Future, including Livingetc, Country Homes & Interiors, Homes and Gardens and Style at Home, Ideal Home has always been her ideal home, and she can be found sharing her expertise and advice across both the printed magazine and the website too.