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How to Sew a Bull-Nose Cushion Cover

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How to Sew a Bull-Nose Cushion Cover Video gives step-by-step instructions for making a bull-nose cushion for a chair. Bull-nose cushions are box cushions that don't have piping or boxing along the front edge, giving them a smooth, clean look. Watch as we make these cushions for a set of patio chairs. This project is a part of the Sailrite Complete DIY Porch Makeover. How to Sew a Bull-Nose Cushion Cover Chapters: • Patterning Foam -- 0:22 min • Patterning Fabric -- 2:09 min • Cutting & Sewing Piping -- 3:55 min • Cutting & Sewing Boxing -- 11:24 min • Making Zipper Plaque -- 18:58 min • Sewing Zipper Plaque to Cover -- 24:06 min • Inserting Foam -- 27:33 min • Materials List -- 28:50 min All the materials you need to make a bull-nose cushion can be found at http://www.sailrite.com
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Amy Stroup (1 day ago)
I'm recovering old couch cushions and wanted to redesign the new covers to a more modern looking bullnose shape. This tutorial is so helpful: I feel like I know exactly how to do it now!
Sailrite (1 day ago)
Glad we could help!
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Karen Owens (6 months ago)
This is the best instructional video on making a custom cushion that I have ever seen! I plan to make one soon and will view this as I go along. Thanks so much.
Dr Michael Elinski (6 months ago)
You guys make the best step-by-step-step DIY videos. After watching this one, like many others, I feel empowered to take on projects that I never would have though I could tackle. Thank you for this rich source of educational sewing demonstrations. I don’t own one of your machines, but because of your customer service, I am becoming more inclined to purchase the blue version that has the zigzag walking foot. What does the white 111 commercial machine have or do, that the blue machine does not? Thank you for an explanation about the differences between the models. I know the capabilities of the red machine.
Sailrite (6 months ago)
Thanks for your positive comments! The Sailrite Ultrafeed LSZ-1 is a great sewing machine. The Sailrite 111 has recently been improved and is now called the Sailrite Fabricator Sewing Machine. Here is a link: https://www.sailrite.com/Sailrite-Fabricator-Sewing-Machine-in-Power-Stand-with-Workhorse-Servo-Motor The Fabricator is a straight stitch only sewing machine, it does not sew zig-zag. However, the Fabricator does have a few advantages over the LSZ-1 it has a bigger underarm space, higher foot lift, a knee lever foot list, and a larger bobbin. Both the LSZ-1 and the Fabricator are great sewing machines. Let me know if you have more questions. You can email me at: [email protected] if you like.
JABRUL ALOM (8 months ago)
NIC
Redbonegirl 175 (8 months ago)
This dude talking sounds like Tom Bodette from the Motel 6 commercial. 😛
Bonnie Scott (8 months ago)
I'm wondering why you put the zipper on the top of the cushion instead of the bottom where it wouldn't been seen?
Sailrite (8 months ago)
We installed the zipper along the back of the cushion in the boxing or facing of the cushion. It is not visible at that location. It can be place in the bottom of the cushion if you like.
Mark Brown (1 year ago)
I want to let you guys know how much I appreciate these videos.  Now that I've done a few cushion covers I'm picking up finer points of technique by re-watching.  Gotta get me one of your hot knives, I'm spending an inordinate amount of time clipping frays ;-)
Momzilla (9 months ago)
Mark, you can use a sodering iron, however from the demo I watched (from a China Manufacturer) it wasn't a fast process. Maybe their iron didn't have enough power.
MsMadelaine1 (1 year ago)
Can I use Velcro in same manner with zipper plaque instead of zipper?
Sailrite (1 year ago)
Yes, you can use Velcro instead of a zipper.
sakinehbs (1 year ago)
great video. love the guy's voice.
Sailrite (1 year ago)
Thanks!
Florence Bernard (1 year ago)
Great job there
Sailrite (1 year ago)
Glad you liked it!
Angela Browning (1 year ago)
Really enjoyed this video thank you for sharing. Will be covering my 2 cushions tomorrow. Thank you from Scotland UK.
Sailrite (1 year ago)
Excellent! Let us know if you have questions.
Nancy Given (1 year ago)
Thank you for your videos! Just updated my cushions and they turned out amazing! Easy to follow directions!
Sailrite (1 year ago)
That is awesome! Good job!!!
Mary Lou Wyckoff (1 year ago)
do you also offer written instructions?
Sailrite (1 year ago)
Some of our kits have written instructions, but not for this project, sorry.
We Are The Coleys (1 year ago)
Can you use a cotton or polyester type of cording and not the firm kind like you are using in the video for an outdoor patio cushions? Thanks
Sailrite (1 year ago)
Yes, for outdoor upholstery I like to use the Medium Welting Cord. It is softer and takes turns easily. It also does not soak up water. Here is a link: http://www.sailrite.com/Notions/Trims/Pipings/Notion-Material/Polypropylene/type/Products?order=custitem_popularity
We Are The Coleys (1 year ago)
Is it necessary to used a walking foot presser for this type of sewing? I dont have one and wondering if I can use my all purpose presser foot instead?
Linda Torres (1 year ago)
Sam Cole how to cut material for a foam cushion
We Are The Coleys (1 year ago)
Thanks for the respond. Little by little and with the helpful videos that you guys uploaded here, i am convincing myself that I can do this too. The material that i choose was a medium weight polyester outdoor fabric, will my all purpose presser foot still works? Thanks
Sailrite (1 year ago)
If you were able to sew that you should have no problem using your sewing machine to sew upholstery like what is shown in this video.
We Are The Coleys (1 year ago)
Sailrite i have not tried sewing multiple layers of denim jeans yet but i did made some pillow covers and it is 4 layers because of the piping. The fabric is medium weight. Thanks
Sailrite (1 year ago)
Yes, a home sewing machine without a walking foot can usually sew lighter upholstery fabric (as seen in this video) easily. If your sewing machine can sew three layers of denim blue jeans, then it should be able to do a job like this easily.
We Are The Coleys (1 year ago)
Do you always add the boxing in the center? Thanks.
Sailrite (1 year ago)
No, boxing does not need to be used, especially for thin cushions, but it typically looks better when it is used.
We Are The Coleys (1 year ago)
Does pinking shears prevent unravelling? Thanks
Sailrite (1 year ago)
Pinking shears will help prevent unraveling, yes.
E Clark (1 year ago)
Thank you for this easy to follow tutorial! Haven't sewn in years and easily reupholstered my couch cushions. Cheers!
Sailrite (1 year ago)
You are welcome!!! Good job.
רויטל יאיר (2 years ago)
Thank you! Beautiful! I want to make this to my rocking chair
Sailrite (2 years ago)
Thanks for your positive comments.
Suzie Quzie (2 years ago)
I'm making 2 cushions for my wicker chairs this weekend. This is exactly what I wanted. Great instructional video. Very easy to understand and follow. Thank you so much for posting!
jim johnson (2 years ago)
Can this technique be used for wider cushions?
xtafpfhr (2 years ago)
I used the tips from your videos to make some gorgeous slipcovers for my resin wicker patio furniture: https://s31.postimg.org/98rnkwffv/02502_cc03_sm.jpg and https://s31.postimg.org/9nv7jyqi3/02518_cc04_sm.jpg The seat cushions are bullnose style with piping and I used your awesome foam cord for that. The chairs came with the foam inserts so I did not have to buy those. The back cushions have 4-inch boxed corners, piping and zippers along the bottom. I used Richloom "Muree Primrose" fabric that I got on a great half-price sale at JoAnn's and Coats & Clark polyester thread to match. I had to get the #5 coil zippers from The Zipper Lady, (in peach color) as SailRite did not stock any colors of zippers, it seemed, aside from black and white. The background of that fabric is a sort of peachy-beige color, though it appears white in photos. I wanted everything to match and I think they turned out well. I don't have an industrial sewing machine, just an ordinary home machine. It does not have a walking foot. I will say that makes it more difficult to work with this type of fabric. I opted to not use the basting tape (trying to save money), though I'd definitely recommend it as it would make it easier to make the piping. Possibly I'd even use it to baste the seams to keep everything lined up until you can get it sewed together. Definitely get a piping foot if you don't have one. I got a low-shank piping/cording foot for about $5 on eBay. It made the task sooo much easier! I didn't have a hot knife either and so just cut the fabric with my Fiskars scissors. It frayed like crazy - ugh! When I finished the seams, I over-edged them after trimming off the frays so that I could wash the slipcovers if I ever needed to. https://s31.postimg.org/av4gn8rxn/02403_cc02_sm.jpg
Jessica Kirchoff (1 year ago)
Your chairs turned out beautifully!
Sailrite (1 year ago)
Most home sewing machines can sew upholstery fabrics well. Chances are your projects will come out great!
We Are The Coleys (1 year ago)
xtafpfhr i dont have a walking foot either but does it really really hard to sew this type of outdoor fabric by just using an all purpose presser foot? Luckily my sweing machine comes with a zipper foot that i do not have to buy. I am also learning to sew and this video is really helpful. I am a novice sewer. By the way your project came out awesome !
Sailrite (2 years ago)
Great job! the project look wonderful!!!
MissMoDean (2 years ago)
Just wanted to say that I decided to reupholster an old recliner with a bull-nose seat cushion. I'd never sewn anything before (never even used a sewing machine), but I was able to make an almost-perfect cushion cover by following this video. Thanks so much for the great, thorough instructions! You made my first-ever sewing project an awesome success.
Dr Michael Elinski (6 months ago)
MissMoDean, congrats on your first wonderful sewing project!
Sailrite (2 years ago)
That is awesome news! Good job! Post pictures on our Facebook page of your finished project: https://www.facebook.com/sailrite
Andree Brunette (2 years ago)
Nice work - this look gorgeous. You make it look easy ;)
elizabeth irvine (2 years ago)
Andree Brunette
Sailrite (2 years ago)
Thanks for your positive comments. It is not very hard, you can do it!
Dee-Va Creations (2 years ago)
will it look nice with no piping and can I make a flap and use velcro?
Sailrite (2 years ago)
Yes, absolutely it will look great even without piping. Yes, Velcro can be used instead of a zipper.
Dee-Va Creations (2 years ago)
great work and helpful tips thank you. ..beautiful ring too:)
Dee-Va Creations (2 years ago)
+dpistoltube BTW I love my hotknife, it made cutting the thick fabric so easy
Dee-Va Creations (2 years ago)
+dpistoltube :)
Dee-Va Creations (2 years ago)
+dpistoltube :)
Dee-Va Creations (2 years ago)
+Sailrite :)
Sailrite (2 years ago)
Glad you liked it!
xtafpfhr (2 years ago)
Great video! She did gorgeous work :) I picked up some nice tips now for making my own cushion covers. The patio set I just bought came with cushion inserts but no covers and I got fabric to make my own covers. I didn't know that handy trick for making a nice zipper installation and my previous method for making piping was unnecessarily complicated. I wish I could afford a hot knife but I'll have to make do without it. I guess I'll just have to overedge the seams to keep the fabric from unravelling.
Sailrite (2 years ago)
I am glad you liked the video!!!
gwen sumlin (2 years ago)
thanks for video very easy to follow but i haave one question why was'nt the cording strips cut on the bias
gwen sumlin (2 years ago)
thanks..i will try it with the straight next time.
Sailrite (2 years ago)
+gwen sumlin You can cut piping or cording strips as straight cuts, as we did in this video. It will save on fabric usage doing it that way. However, if it is cut on the bias it will not ravel as much and will take curves better, but it will use more fabric. So... the choice is always yours with advantages and disadvantages to each.
Carol Belanger (2 years ago)
very nice
Kerry Williams (2 years ago)
easier to cut using and electric knife
Janice Willis (2 years ago)
Great how-to videos :)
Sailrite (2 years ago)
+Janice Willis Thanks, we are glad you like them!
Djura Markovic (2 years ago)
great video thank jou.
Sailrite (2 years ago)
+Djura Markovic Glad you liked it. Let us know if you have questions.
Billie Gene (2 years ago)
Great, easy to understand.  I will be doing this.
Sailrite (2 years ago)
+Billie Gene I am glad you liked it. Let us know how your project comes out.
amartinjoe (3 years ago)
she's really good! this is a great informative video.
Nousa Chanhma (3 years ago)
Love it!
Nousa Chanhma (3 years ago)
+Sailrite thank you! I definitely will!
Nousa Chanhma (3 years ago)
+Sailrite thank you! I definitely will!
Sailrite (3 years ago)
+Nousa Chanhma Glad you like it! Let us know if you have more questions.
Eloquence (3 years ago)
The boat cushions I am replacing have an extra 1" of foam on the top front at the bull nose, about 8" towards the back. There are a few buttons used to pull the top plate firm where the extra foam ends. How do I determine the top plate and front to account for the extra foam width? Edit: I think it is called rolled front cushion.
Ms. Fancy (3 years ago)
Presentation ..... seems like i can do this project that I've been long holding off ..... i will give it a try ..... Thanks .
Sailrite (3 years ago)
+nancy rosa I am glad we could help motivate you. Let us know if you have any questions once you start the project.
ReflectionsHdmstrss (3 years ago)
What a great tutorial. Your calm, confident voice gave me hope that I could do this project. And I did. Except the zipper part. I am going to sub in your velcro tutorial from the bolster video. About 10 more cushions and I will have mastered the curved line of stitching. Thank you!
Sailrite (3 years ago)
+ReflectionsHdmstrss Excellet! I am glad you like it. Each cushion you sew will make you better and better. Thanks for the positive comments and I do hope your project goes very well!
Matt Day (3 years ago)
wow, now I understand the cost when having this done, great video, and a true skill
Kathy Upton (3 years ago)
What are the seam allowances being used? 1/4" or 1/2"?
Kathy Upton (3 years ago)
+Sailrite the seam allowance for the boxing to the main cushion fabric and the zipper fabric to the main cushion fabric is 3/8" seam allowance? when you cut out the main fabric you subtracted an inch for compression, the boxing fabric is 4" wide the width of the cushion so i was assuming a 1/2" seam allowance, does this make sense?????
Sailrite (3 years ago)
+Kathy Upton For this project we made a piping that would place our seam at 3/8" in from the edge.
Lani Walburger (3 years ago)
Thanks for this video. Great presentation and techniques. I used this to recover cushions for our old motorhome. Worked easy and they look great!
Sailrite (3 years ago)
+Lani Walburger Great! Thanks for the positive comment and good job on your cushions.
Chris Tempas (3 years ago)
For VO, I highly recommend taking breaths at natural stops, like at the end of sentences, instead of randomly throughout the video, making sentences run into one another and pausing in the middle of phrases.
Dr Michael Elinski (6 months ago)
Chris Tempas, as a psychiatrist who has worked with stutterers and people with many kinds of speech impediments, this is maybe the best he can do to avoid stuttering or stammering at certain words, often words with consonants that begin a sentence or phrase. By pausing at what seems like an awkward spot of his talking, he is spacing his breath to possibly speed or talk smoothly through difficult words or sounds. The unnatural-sounding pausing is planned to avoid the shame of a terrible burst of stuttering, which is preferable to those with speech difficulties. The non-fluency of the speech of some people is very stressful, because they have to almost think more about planning their articulations, rather than on what they are saying, with hope of sounding less odd. They do the best they can, and expend tremendous energy trying to avoid full blown panic attacks associated with non-fluent speech. He knows how he sounds. He chooses the least of two evils. Before judging someone, maybe it’s better to try to understand the reason this problem is occurring. This is only one of many possible explanations of this type of speech impediment. Please do not take offense at my explanation. You probably speak naturally and fluently, and simply take it for granted. It might be better to have empathy and be grateful for your normal sounding vocalisations. Thank you.
Victoria McKay (3 years ago)
Forget Angelina Jolie! Angela Enright is a star in my book! Projects are always perfect with attention given to every detail. These videos are easy to follow. Any time I need to know how to do something, I watch Angela first. And the tools Sailrite sells are the way to go. I bought a sewing machine last year and a hot knife. Invaluable and worth every dime. Do you sell a machine with an open arm? I sew for fire departments and it's tough to get those sleeve cuffs in my machine.
Sailrite (3 years ago)
Victoria, Thanks for your positive comments! Sorry, we do not sell an open arm sewing machine. 
nevroth (4 years ago)
I really appreciate this 'start to finish' project. It makes it very easy to follow or rewatch certain parts. I love the hot knife, I may have to invest in one, it saves so much time from having to finish the edges by machine.
Sailrite (4 years ago)
I am glad we could help! Let us know if you have questions about our videos or the products we sell at www.sailrite.com 
Salina Md shariff (4 years ago)
Awsome...love it!
Marco Santana (4 years ago)
Milagros Tovar (4 years ago)
En este momento es muy difícil adquirir, cualquier material, soy de Venezuela. Pero muchas gracias por compartir su trabajo.
Milagros Tovar (4 years ago)
Excelente!!!
Sailrite (4 years ago)
Glad you liked it. Let us know if you have any questions or need help picking products or fabric from www.sailrite.com 
Zizi Marques (4 years ago)
Dazzling! Thanks so much .
Claudia Fuentes (4 years ago)
She did a really good job. I will attempt this.

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