My lounge cushion measures 25 inches in width, and has a length of 80 inches. NOTE: I measured
from side seam to side seam for total width, and I measured from the seam at the head to the seam at the foot of the lounge cushion for total length.
I will use my measurements for this pattern. You will need to adjust your pattern to fit your own lounge. The concepts
and directions work for many sizes.
My twin sheet measured 66 inches x 96 inches, which was enough to cover one lounge. You will need to check the measurement of your twin
sheet to be sure it is large enough for your lounge cushion (cushions tend to be similar in size, so you should
not have any problem).
NOTE: If using a new sheet, PREWASH AND DRY YOUR SHEET! This will shrink the sheet.
Adjust your length and width measurements to include seam allowances and a bit extra room (you want your cover to fit
nicely, but not so tight that it is difficult to get the cushion into the cover). In my example, my measurements
were 25 inches x 80 inches. I will add 1 inch to both length and width for seam allowances, plus 1 inch for added room.
Therefore, my width must now be 27 inches.
Fold your sheet lengthwise. Cut off the folded edge, leaving a width of 27 inches.
Separate the two layers. One will become your front piece and one will become the back piece. I found that using my big sewing ruler, a rotary cutter and cutting mat worked best.
Refer to diagram 1 below.
FRONT PIECE: The length of my cushion is 80 inches. Therefore, the length to cut my top piece of fabric is
My top fabric piece measures 27 inches x 82 inches.
BACK PIECE: The back of the cover is in two pieces. The pieces are overlapped about 2 inches, and the edges that
overlap are hemmed. This creates a nicely finished opening for the cushion to slip into. The overlapping and hems
must be calculated into the total length to be cut for the back piece. Add 2 inches for overlapping, plus 4 more inches
for hems. For the back piece, I will need a total length of 88 inches.
I kept the upper hemmed edge of the sheet because that saved me from having to hem one piece.
Now, cut across the back piece, 14 inches from the top. You will now have one small piece and one large piece.
Refer to diagram 2 below.
Remember, it is always easy to take in seams
if the cover is a bit too loose - it is NOT easy to make it larger, once cut. If in doubt, cut it a bit on the large side.
A GOOD RULE TO REMEMBER: You can measure twice and cut once, or measure once and cut twice (to avoid mistakes measure, and then measure again!).