Making a single border cover
Make a cushion cover as for a cover with a zip across the back ( 312 313) but allowing extra fabric on all four sides for the border, as well as the usual seam allowance
1 Make the cover with a zip across the back, adding extra all around for the border. Trim and press seam open.
2 Turn the cover right side out and press flat. Stitch along the border line, using straight stitch or satin stitch.
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A standard border or flap is 5cm (2in) deep. Once all the edges of the cover are stitched together, trim the seam allowances and clip the corners diagonally. Ptess the seam open and turn right side out. Press flat, keeping the seams exactly on the edge and making the corners sharp.
On the back of the cover (zipped side), tack the front and back together along the border line and machine stitch. Alternatively, work satin stitch along the border line and then, if desired, work a second line of satin stitch outside the first. Remove the tacking.
To make a cover with a contrasting single border, cut the cushion cover pieces to the size of a cover without a border and insert the zip in the centre of the back piece ( 312 313). Then cut the borders. The size should be a length of fabric to the finished width of the border, plus two sei allowances, by the length of the side, plus tv seam allowances. It is a good idea to a more than you need so that the border str can be trimmed down later.
Stitch, right sides together, the leng. of border to the cushion fabric, lea\~ the ends at each corner to trail. Join tl border strips at the corner by mitring si pages 340 341) or butt the ends togeth; stitching straight across the adjacent bore (right sides together), trimming the surp. and pressing the seam flat. By abutt the borders you should finish up with tv-parallel borders the length of the finish; cushion, with the other two set betwet them. Once the borders are joined to front and back of the cushion, complete d cover as for a single border.
These simple linen cushions use the stripe in the fabric as a border which is set outside the edge of the cushion pac The stripe is cut and sewn to each side of the central panel before the cushion cover is made up. Each comer is mitrec with the stripe carefully matched for a neat, geometric finish.
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