Does the Shape and Size of a Cushion Insert Matter?
It's not often I get to go fabric shopping when someone else foots the bill. OK, my eldest son and his girlfriend chose the fabrics and they get to keep the finished project, but hey, I get to keep all the left overs.
They wanted a set of six cushions in bright, bold, geometric fabrics - two in each design. I should have had them sewn in no time, but I took longer than they had anticipated.
I baulked at starting the cushions, due to the invisible zipper closures. It certainly wasn't the first time I'd sewn invisible zips, but I hadn't used the technique for many years. A quick Google search reminded me what to do.
I must admit, the inside of the cushion where the ends of the zips are attached, is not as neat as I'd like, but from the outside, all looks fine. Never mind that the stripes don't match perfectly. Have you ever tried to match stripes and patterns on all four sides of a project? I figure it was more important for the tops to match.
I bought cushion inserts from a new to me company for this project and was very disappointed when the covers I made didn't sit properly on the new inserts. The corners in particular, just wouldn't sit right.
You can see they are nice plump inserts, which I had thought would be a good thing. They were advertised as being 40cm x 40cm (15¾" x 15¾") and this was pretty much spot on.
And they are roughly 5" in width.
No matter how much I tried to push and pull the inserts, I couldn't get them to sit nicely.
And so I bought another set of inserts, the standard ones I always use. They are advertised as being suitable for cushion covers up to 16" x 16" (41cm x 41cm). When I measured them, the actual measurement of the insert is 17¼" x 17¼" (44cm x 44cm).
You can see they are much slimmer than the first set - almost 2" narrower.
My cushion covers ended up at 15¾" x 15¾". With the slimmer, but slightly larger inserts, I was able to pull the inserts to fit the corners of the covers. As advertised, they fitted a cover up to 16" x 16", with the insert measuring 17¼" x 17¼".
Cushion cover (15¾" x 15¾") + cushion insert (15¾" x 15¾") resulted in an ill fitting cushion, as in the photo above.
Cushion cover (15¾" x 15¾") + cushion insert 17¼" x 17¼" resulted in a cushion which sits well.
The insert needs to be larger than the cover. Having always purchased my cushions at the same place, I'd worked out the formula for getting cushions that looked just right for me, varying the measurements slightly, to make each cushion the right plumpness.
What I didn't take into account, was how cushion inserts are advertised:
- inserts to fit cushion covers up to a certain size
- an exact insert size
These are NOT the same thing. I'd previously purchased inserts that fit cushions up to a certain size, but in my head, I was seeing this as the actual insert size and so, when I ordered the new inserts, I thought I was ordering the same size.
I should have been more attentive to the specified details when ordering my new inserts. The website clearly stated to go up one size from the cushion cover size. Which means I should have ordered inserts that were 45cm x 45cm (17½" x 17½").
The cushion inserts need to be larger than the cushion covers. How much larger will depend on how plump you like your cushions to be and on how full the inserts are. My successful cushions have inserts that are 1½" larger and the new supplier suggests about 2" larger.
So now I'm left with six cushion inserts. I'll just have to make myself six cushions that are slightly smaller. Given that the inserts are fuller than I'm used to, I'll do a little experimenting. Stay tuned...
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