1. the feature a gathered end and the bolster is inserted through that gathered end.
2. they feature a flat circle end and piping. The bolster is inserted via a zip inset in the side or is sewn on meaning it isn't removable for washing.
All these other ways work and look good. None of them met my needs.
I had an extra long bolster cushion and it is made of foam and not fibre-fill like most of these cushions.
The cover needed to be easily removed for washing. If the cushion were inserted through the long end it would be a battle to get the cover to go all the way up the length of the foam; it would grip too much.
Having never done anything like this before I figured I would work it out as I went. Just to up the anti, I thought I would photograph my progress and make a tutorial. ;) I will focus on the aspects that I have done differently to the other tutorials as they are excellent and i see no need to duplicate those steps.
1. Measure the bolster:
length (end to end),
girth (wrap tape measure around the bolster)
end diameter (across the end of the circle through the centre point).
2. Cut 1 rectangle (length + 2 x seam allowances) x (girth + 2x seam allowances).
Cut 2 rectangles (girth + 2 x seam allowances) x radius (half diameter + 1 x seam allowance).
Does that sound confusing?
I will break it down a bit more with an example of my bolster's measurements.
length = 83cm
girth = 54.5cm
diameter = 17cm
radius = 8.5cm
I use 1cm seam allowances but you can use whatever works for you.
my single cut rectangle was 85cm x 56.5cm
my two rectangles were 56.5 x 9.5cm
3. Sandwich the piping (raw edge outwards) between the short end of the single rectangle and the long end of one of the two small rectangles (right sides together). It will be easy to see which ones to use because they are the two same sized ends. Sew this straight seam.
Measure along the long side of the cover and mark it for the length of your zipper. My zipper was 55cm. RST (right sides together) sew the long side of the cushion together up to the marked point.
8. Press seam open and press the seam allowance of the part not sewn.
It should look like the pic below.
If your zipper isn't the full length of your bolster, make sure the top opening end of the zipper is at the end nearest to the opening.
pic below of zipper pined in place and ready for sewing. You can see where the zip and the folded edge line up.
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