Chunky Crochet Cushion Cover
"A DIY tutorial on how to crochet a chunky open weave cushion cover. It's super easy and costs a fraction of the price of a store bought one!"
- Crochet hook (I used size 5)
- Chunky needle
- Cushion you want to cover
Measure the width and length (if not square) of the cushion. These measurements will be used to determine how wide and long your crochet knitting needs to be
To start crocheting you need to make a slip knot and a starting chain. From this foundation chain you can begin any crochet stitch. You will need to make your foundation stitch the same width as your cushion. Use the measurement you took earlier or just measure it up against the width of the cushion. Make sure you hold the chain taut when your measuring as you will be pulling the crochet taut to sew the sides together at the end and you dont want to end up with it being too wide as this will give you bulky seams. If you need help with your foundation chain have a look at these great videos http://www.crochetguru.com/crochet-slip-knot.html and http://www.crochetguru.com/crochet-chain.html
Once you have your foundation chain, its time to start crocheting. The particular stitch I have used is called the double crochet and it's really easy.
Once you have mastered the stitch it actually starts to become really easy and relaxing. You want to keep going until your crochet is 3x the length of the cushion. Why 3x? Because this is an envelope style cushion, which means extra length is needed to overlap each other at the back and create an envelope to encase the cushion.
To sew up your cushion you need a chunky needle and a length of the same colored yarn as the crochet. First lay out the length of crochet on a flat surface and place the cushion in the center. Fold each end over the cushion, one end will overlap the other. Pin in place across the center. This is when you want to pull the cushion reasonably taut width wise to pin. This way the envelope opening will not gape open but rather snuggly fit the cushion. Now its on to sewing up the sides. Use the large needle and a length of the same wool you used for the crochet. Use a basic hand stitch to sew up the sides. The type of stitch doesnt matter, just as long as the stitches are close enough together to avoid any gaps. Be sure to keep checking you are sewing all three layers once you get to the section where there are overlapping layers. Sew up both sides.
Once both sides are sewn up turn the cushion inside and pop your cushion in, make sure that it fits nicely, if not turn it back the other way and make some tweaks to your sewing to make it tighter or looser. Once your happy with it put your cushion in for the last time and admire your work!
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