Leatherette Handle Cushion Project



  • 50cm of Pure Cotton Linen fabric in any colour. (e.g. Rust, Mustard & Forest)
  • 10cm of Animal Faux Skin Leatherette
  • 40cm zipper
  • Matching Gutermann thread
  • Pins
  • Tape measure
  • Scissors, seam ripper
  • Sewing machine with zipper foot
  • 1 of Size 18 (46cm x 46cm) cushion insert
  • Birch Press Studs with tool kit

Note - Read all instructions carefully before commencing the project.


Note - 1cm seam allowance used throughout unless otherwise indicated.

Step 1 - Cut two pieces of Pure Cotton Linen fabric in a square - 46cm x 46cm.

Step 2 - Centre the zipper along the bottom edge of one square and using pins mark where the zipper stops and starts.

Step 3 - Remove the zipper and with right sides facing, pin the two squares together along the bottom edge. Starting at one end, use a regular stitch sew to the first pin and backstitch. Adjust stitch length to a long basting stitch (this will be removed later) and sew across to the second pin and backstitch. Adjust stitch length back to a regular stitch and sew to the end.

Step 4 - Press seam open. With pressed seam facing up, centre zipper face down on top and pin in place. Zipper should start and stop between backstitching.

Step 5 - Attach zipper foot to your sewing machine and sew down each side of zipper and across closed end.

Step 6 - Carefully remove the long basting stiches using a seam ripper to expose the zipper. Open zipper halfway.

Step 7 - With right sides, facing pin and sew cushion together around remaining three sides. Clip corners and overlock or zigzag seams to neaten. Unzip and turn cover right side out and press flat.

Step 8 - Cut a strip of faux leatherette 3cm wide x 15cm long. Centre strip along the top seam opposite to zipper. Attach press studs using the tool following manufacturer's instructions.

Step 9 - Press cover well, place insert into cover and zip closed. Now your leatherette handle cushion is ready to use.



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