I occasionally get obsessed with a project that I just can’t get out of my head. The window seat daybed in our master bedroom was definitely one of these! The daybed itself was easy to assemble from purchased benches and crib mattresses, but projects for this cozy alcove went on and on! One of the biggest was sewing the covers for the daybed mattresses. I love the Robert Allen Souk fabric in Dove, and I’ll show you how to make these covers yourself.
As a guideline, I used these instructions from Kate at the Centsational Girl blog to sew the covers. My dimensions are different, and I didn’t see how she did the back corners, so I’ll show all the steps here.
Supplies for covering two crib mattresses:
- 5 yards of 54″ wide fabric
- Velcro – total of 104″ sew-on strips for both mattresses
- thread, scissors, pins, general sewing supplies
Because the daybed is made from crib mattresses that are 52″ long, I was able to use the full width of a standard 54″ wide decorator fabric across the mattress. For each mattress, I cut a 70″ long x 54″ wide (full width) section of fabric and zig-zagged the raw edges of each piece.
I laid the fabric over the mattress and marked where the front seams would be. (Pictured below)
I then folded the fabric at the seam and sewed with a 3/8″ seam allowance to create a clean seam for the front edges of the cushion. (Pictured below)
Each mattress required two 6.5″x 32″ side panels, and I again zig-zagged the edges. These are longer than the width of the mattress, so they can wrap around the back to keep any of the mattress from showing.
To attach the side panels, line up the end of the side panels with the front of the main panel (between the seams) and sew that small section with a 1/2 inch seam allowance. (top left picture below)
Next, turn and pin the long edge of the side panels in place and sew with a 1/2 inch seam allowance. Since the side panels are longer than the mattress, I marked on the main panel where the back edge of the cushion should be and sewed up to that point. (top right picture below)
After attaching all the side panels, I finished the ends of the panels by folding under a 1/2 inch hem and stitching. (Top left picture below)
For the back closure, I had one short flap and one long one, so the closure was along the edge of the cushion. While this looks very neat when finished, in retrospect, I would have centered the closure on the back, so I could flip the cushion over if it gets worn without any of the closure showing at the edge.
I sewed one side of the Velcro to the outside of the short flap and the other side to the inside of the long flap. (Top right picture below) It looks very neat when done!
I’m so happy with how these new cushion covers fit and look! A neat tip: to keep the cushions from moving around, I used a rug pad underneath.
We’ve already started hanging out on our new window seat already, and there are just a few more projects left to finish up this cozy alcove!
I’ve got more cushions planned, including round bolsters to finish off the ends of the bench. I’m looking forward to showing you the finishing touches soon!
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Great job! I am looking at ideas for a bench cushion that a friend asked me to sew. I never thought of making the box without cutting the pieces. Great idea! Thanks for sharing.
Thanks, Nikki. I got lots of ideas from looking at others’ great projects, too. I’m glad we can all keep inspiring each other!
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Hi. Great job on the crib covers. I made a swing bed, and it has a twin mattress in it. I actually have mine pinned to the mattress because I ran out of the fabric. (Close out bargain priced at Fabricguru.com) I was figuring a extra long couple of zippers, but this looks much easier. Love it. Hit the thrift stores for pillows to cover, I always do the touchie feelie thing, looking for feather inserts, or pillows with body. Certainly saved money that way. Great job.
Thanks! Yes, bargain hunting is so fun!
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