Re-covering old Cushions by Comfy1/Creative Comfort Co.

Make sure you have the right covers to go with the right cushions. Back cushions are smaller than seats (in the zipper-to-opposite-edge dimension); also, two separate pieces of furniture may have cushions that are just a little different from each other in width. So be careful as you put each cover with the cushion that it goes with. If you grasp a cover by the two corners that are opposite the zipper edge, their distance apart should be 1/2" or so less than the width of the cushion they should go on. As you remove old covers, note what the zipper edge of the filling looks like, so that you'll stuff the filling into the new cover with that same edge at the zipper.

It s best if you can let old foam filling rest overnight after removing the old covers , to allow it to expand outward again before applying the new covers, especially if your old covers had been washed and had shrunk. Gently pulling the corners outward will help them fill out new covers.

Turn the covers inside out, unzip the zippers completely, and lay them on top of the inner cushions they go with, to avoid later mix-ups. Form a pocket in the cover 4-5" deep along the edge that is opposite the zipper edge. Pull one corner of that pocket over a corner on the non-zipper edge of the inner cushion, then pull the other end of the pocket over the other corner of that edge. Resting the cushion on one side edge, press firmly downward on the edge that is up, normally pressing downward 5 -7 inches ahead of the edge that you're pulling on, as you pull on that fabric; pull several inches toward the depression you are making in the edge.

Then turn the cushion so that the edge that was down is now up. Press firmly downward again a few inches from the cover, and pull the cover farther on; make sure that you are always compressing the cushion enough to prevent strain on the zipper as you are pulling the cover on farther. Try to make sure that the seams remain centered on the side edges as you pull the cover on. Repeat this flipping and "reverse peeling" until the cover is fully on.

Then make sure all excess is worked out toward the zipper edge. No large wrinkles or bagginess, especially at the non-zipper edge, should be allowed to remain. Also make sure the cushion is reasonably flat; push downward on any hump as you pull upward on the low edge, to help flatten it. And make sure that the seams at the sides are centered on the edges of the cushion.

Then reach inside and work on a far corner of the cushion as follows: Pull the flap at the inside corner of the cover toward the side and then release the filling on top of it, to make the corner neater. Grab the corner of the cushion filling at that location carefully (to avoid tearing it), and push it outward as you pull backward on the cover, to fill out the corner of the cover as neatly as possible . Do this on all four corners of the back cushions and on both front corners of seats.

Then turn the zipper edge up. Carefully and slowly close up the zipper, being sure to pull the two sides of the zipper together ahead of the slider, to prevent strain on the zipper teeth, which could ruin the zipper. Pushing downward on the filling ahead of the slider would probably help in getting the sides of the zipper together ahead of the slider.

Then look at the corners from the outside. If they don't look well enough filled out, you can rub and pull the fabric down over the corner firmly, or (if that doesn 't work) unzip the cover a little (or more if necessary) and push more filling into the corner before re-closing the zipper. If you still can' t get them well enough filled out, it may need some extra corner filling: a little soft tissue could serve the purpose, or a little polyester batting can be purchased at a fabric shop and cut or torn to a suitable size for insertion, or call 1-800 -659-0436 and request some filling material (no charge). General looseness (on inner cushions that have had much heavy use) will require a foam strip or two at the zipper edge, which we could also provide at no charge.

Your covers have been packed so as to minimize fold marks, but some will be inevitable. They will tend to fade away with use and with just being stretched across a cushion. To speed their disappearance, use the steam only from an iron, without actual contact; with velvets, brush in the direction of the nap. (Steaming won't help with vinyls.

If there are conspicuous stripes in your fabric, they should align well between cushions, once the covers are perfectly aligned on the foam (all seams and zippers well centered on the edges). To improve the alignment, you may need to rub the fabric several times all the way around the cushion, to gradually shift the cover in the desired direction.

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