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Banquette Cushion Covers Made From Drapes

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Easy Home Decorating: How to Cover Bench or Sofa Cushions With No Sewing

I am feeling a bit like Maria  – you know the character Julie Andrews played in the movie, The Sound Of Music.  I channeled her resourcefulness and took a pair of perfectly good drapes that I no longer needed and used the fabric to make something new.

I didn’t make clothing, but two new banquette cushion covers for the banquette in my kitchen.  I want to lighten up the kitchen and over the past few months have been changing some of the black accents.

How-to-make-a-no-sew-cushioHow to Make No Sew Sofa or Bench Cushion Covers

This is the best kind of use-what-you-have-decorating. I shopped my basement and now have a new look with no new cost involved.  Strike that, I did need to buy some safety pins -cost $1 at the dollar store.

I could not be happier with the results.


The existing banquette cushions – professionally done about 8 years ago.

How to build a kitchen banquette

I also am changing the back pillow fabric.  The purple and green served well, but time for a color update.  I will show you their transformation in my next post.

How to make a Banquette Cushion Cover


I moved the table away so you could get a better view of the banquette.

No-Sew-Cushion-Cover Tutorial

I use bed pillows for the back.  I stripped them of the previous fabric. Now they are just waiting for their new look.

See where the floor is worn? That is from the chair my husband has sat in for the past 3 years working non-stop networking and job-searching. He uses this table as his office.  I know this floor is one of the big projects I will be taking on eventually. (Update:  Floor was refinished, It came out amazing – you can see it in this post. )


This is one of Trax’s favorite spots.


How to Cover a Sofa or Bench Cushion Using Drapes

supplies needed:

  • Drapery panels or fabric yardage – enough to wrap around all sides of your cushion
  • Large safety pins – I found mine at the dollar store.

Banquette Cushion Cover Tutorial

1. Lay the drape or fabric yardage right side down.  Center cushion on top.


2.  Wrap the fabric around the cushion as if you were wrapping a gift.  Place the safety pins horizontally into the fabric and grab a small bit of the cushion, then close the pin.  Repeat all around the cushion making sure to pull the fabric taut before pinning.


3.  Wrap the corners in the same way your would a gift box. Make sure the fabric lays flat.  Use a few pins around the corners so the fabric stays in place.

Place back on seating.

I have used this same cushion covering technique for the porch swing on my deck and in my daughter’s room on her window seat cushion.


Check out what I made for the banquette using this fabric.

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  1. Your floor may just need some love. I found a great product I am using on my wood furniture that needs some refreshing. Until you actually need to do the entire floor, this might work temporarily. It’s Howard’s Refinishing products. The nice thing is, you don’t have to strip the wood. Try this first just wiping it on and off. Different tones of product to choose from to match wood color. I have used on some vintage oak furniture and brought them back to life without stripping the finish first. Howard’s Restor-A-Finish http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LARrSHU9uXQ; find it at Home Depot in the staining products aisle.

  2. Great idea to pin the curtains on so when you want to change them around next time, it will be no sew easy! I too love the colors of the new and I always loved what you had. I know it is great to change to new every once in awhile.

    And you probably know that banquette is on my long bucket list that I have from reading this blog from you.

    Along with your guest bath makeover and dresser make over and buffet makeover…. you would fall asleep if I named all I have from you.

  3. Truly creative! And the pillow colors are gorgeous!! What is the clear plastic thing in the corner? A suction cup maybe?
    I’m so sorry there is no job yet. Will pray right now. It was 2.5 years for my husband….I know the emotions. {hugs}

  4. Great use of lots of fabric (i.e. unneeded curtain panels)! I can’t count the number of times I’ve done things like this with curtains, sheets, blankets, etc. Right now I have two cushions on an ottoman that are ‘covered’ in Euro shams I didn’t need that came with a thrift store comforter set. I happened to have upholstery spiral ‘tacs’ on hand to fasten/adhere them to the foam cushions. Looks like it was done by a professional upholster.

    Great idea for repurposing. Thanks for sharing!

  5. Quick cover-up for the cushions! Hope you have some suggestions for
    improving the look of worn wood floors, short of a complete refinishing. Thanks for all the great ideas!