I had some left over material but it was only enough for one side of the cushion so I bought one plain patch off eBay at £1.24 ($1.92) including shipping (seriously, who can beat that?!!!). The zip cost me £0.55 ($0.85). I'm not even going to count the cost of the thread because it's negligible.
Anyway this is how I went about it:
- First, I sewed on the zip
- To stop the zip from moving about I pinned it in
- Once one zip had been sewn on properly (and I will admit here that I had to run the sewing machine along the first side about 3 times before I was happy with it), I pinned the second half of the cushion onto the other half of the zip
- I undid the zip so that I didn't have to fumble with the other half
- The zip was the hardest part, after that it all went rather fast
- I cut the patches to match more exactly and then I sewed the cushion inside out
- When I reached the corners I just rotated the cloth around and continued. I expect a professional would take the material out and restart stitching to ensure a perfect square but this is my first attempt so I didn't want to make it harder by doing that.
- As for cushion filler, I just used an old duck feather and down pillow that was not being used for anything
I got a pretty cushion that matches my chairs for less than £2 ($3) - now that's what I'm talking about. I had never sewn a cushion before, in fact I don't sew generally but it turned out alright. It's pretty amazing what you can do when you decide YOU WILL do it. If you like to save money like I do check out my ebook at katsonga.com and build super savings!
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