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Waterproof, No Slip Cushion Covers

by Sarah

Do you have a budding artists? Is your child an aspiring chef or chemist? Or maybe, like my child, yours eats 10% of his food and wears the rest. We would sit down for  a meal and my heart would break a little more each time. Why, oh WHY do I have light linen chair cushions while my 3 year old is still trying to master  self-feeding. So, when I saw some bright colored laminated and oilcloth type fabric on clearance, I ran straight for the cutting counter with cushion covers in mind.

Kid Friendly Cushion Covers

Simple, fast, and Clorox wipe safe, these cushion covers won’t let you down. The overextended edge is guaranteed to catch falling food, splattered paint, or anything else that could violate your carpet/floors. The bottom fabric (sort of like oilcloth) is super sticky when pressure is applied, whereas the linen cushions would constantly shift. I got a little ambitious with mine and practiced free motion quilting. You can completely skip the quilting part if you don’t have  time. The fabric type means no hemming, just make sure you have either a rolling foot, Non-Stick foot, or walking foot around.


1 yard of Laminated Fabric (Makes 4)

1 yard of Oilcloth (anything that has good friction when pressure is applied)

Universal Needle (100/16)

Marking Tool




Walking Foot or Roller Foot or Non-Stick Foot

Wonder Clips/Bobby pins/Paper clips

Quilting Option

1 yard of Batting

Embroidery/Darning Foot

Basting Spray

Quilting Needle

Tip: NO pins allowed. None. Nada. ZIP!  Instead, use Wonder Clips, bobby pins, or paper clips.

Step 1 Cutting and Measuring

cushion step

It doesn’t get much easier than this. Simply trace your cushion on the fabric. Add an extra  1/2 inch seam  around all sides. You can do this with each piece or make a paper pattern with some old newspapers.

Cushion Step 1

Each cushion needs one top piece of the printed laminate and 1 bottom piece of the pseudo oilcloth.

cushion step 2

Step 2 Quilting

If you’re not quilting, skip ahead to Step 3.

This is a great way to practice free motion quilting. The print is so bold that any uneven or asymmetrical stitches aren’t noticeable. I decided to practice stippling and making swirls. Personally, the stippling was so much fun! Honestly, I found it quite enjoyable and relaxing.

Cut out a piece of batting slightly larger than the cushion top. Use some basting spray to adhere the top piece to the batting, right side up.

cushion step 3

Attach a quilting needle and embroidery/darning foot. Lower your feet dogs and select a free motion stitch.  Starting in the middle, place one hand on each side of the foot and maneuver your fabric in swirl/curvy  motions.

cushion step 5


The idea is not to have any  lines cross over, but if this is your first time, don’t sweat it. Just get use to the feel of free motion sewing. I like to think of stippling as adult scribbling; long curvy lines meant to appear random but intentionally placed.

cushion step 6

Did you play around with free motion on all of your cushions? I suggest using the most durable thread you have. After all, children will be sitting, standing, and squirming all over your hard work. Ah, children. Such a blessing.

Step  3 Piecing Together

With right sides together, sew the bottom and  top piece together using a 1/4 inch seam. This will give you a little wiggle room to slide on the cover. You will only be sewing 3 edges. Leave one side open.

cushion step 7

Step  4 Hem the open end

The open end needs to be turned under 1/2 inch and sewn down. Since the fabric won’t fray, you only have to turn it under once.

cushion step 8

Step  5 Adding Velcro

Sew a long strip of Velcro in the center of the open end. It looks best if sewn around the entire rectangle shape, opposed to one long stitch down the middle.

cushion step 9

Step  Slip it On!
Viola! Time to test out your cushions.

test slip on

To wash the cushion top, simply wipe down with some Clorox. The bottom can be cleaned with warm soap and water.  I’ve already had to wipe up chocolate milk, paste, paint, and various other disgusting substances. Good luck!

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Kat Wilson February 8, 2016 - 6:02 pm

Could this technique be applied to making pet friendly couch cushion covers? I am thinking about making a pallet couch and I want easily cleanable cushions! I was going to use the Hampton Bay Marshall replacement cushions from Home Depot for the cushion. Then I want to waterproof the cushions and then I want a really easily cleaned cover!

Ellen April 7, 2016 - 8:54 am

Hello Kat. After waterproofing the cushions you should be able to clean them pretty easily. They’re Clorox Wipe safe so you should be able to get hair and pet stains off of them.

cushion cover online June 14, 2013 - 5:54 am

Nice cushion cover. Great new ideas. Well explained and handmade work.
Keep it up.
Can we get these cushion cover online?

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Janet March 26, 2013 - 9:21 pm

I am a senior citizen and these cushions are not just for kids. To the spiller of any age go for it.
Thanks for sharing. I have made bibs of this fabric for friends of mine and they love them will add this cushion cover next time.


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