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Can cotton fabric be used for making cushions?

Hello fellow forum users,

I am currently in the process of redecorating my living room and am looking into making some new cushions to add to the decor. I have a lot of cotton fabric lying around and was wondering if it's suitable for making cushions. I want to make sure they will be comfortable to sit on, durable and won't shrink or lose their shape after washing.

Any advice or personal experiences with using cotton fabric for cushion covers would be greatly appreciated. Thank you in advance!

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Yes, cotton fabric can be perfect for making cushions, but I would suggest being more cautious as it may not be the perfect fabric all the time.

A cushion needs to be comfortable and cotton fabric might not be the best choice. Sometimes the cotton fabric can be too stiff and rough, making it less comfortable when sitting on it for a long time.

If you really want to use cotton fabric for making cushions, then keep in mind that high-quality cotton is soft to touch and more comfortable to sit on. Also, pre-washing the fabric is very important as it can prevent it from shrinking or losing its shape after washing.

Before sewing, you might want to consider adding some lining material for extra support to provide structure to the cushion, especially if the cotton fabric you're using is thin.

Overall, my suggestion is to look for higher quality cotton fabrics with a softer touch, always pre-wash before sewing, and add some lining material for extra support.


I have made several cushions using cotton fabric and I must say that it can be a great fabric choice. However, there are a few things to consider before making your cushions.

Firstly, you should check the weight and quality of the cotton fabric. Heavyweight cotton is more durable and will last longer, but it can also be more difficult to work with. Lightweight cotton may be easier to work with, but it may not be as durable.

Secondly, you should think about how you will clean your cushions. Cotton is machine washable, but some cotton fabrics are more prone to shrinking than others. Make sure you read the care instructions on the fabric before making your cushions.

Lastly, cotton can be prone to wrinkles which may make your cushions look less polished. To avoid this, iron the fabric before and after you sew the cushions.

Overall, cotton fabric can be a good material for making cushions if you choose the right weight and quality, consider your washing and drying options, and plan for wrinkles.


Hi there,

I have made a few cushions using cotton fabric in the past and they have turned out great. Cotton is a versatile and durable fabric that will hold up well for cushion covers. However, it is important to consider the thickness and thread count of the cotton fabric you are using. Thicker, higher thread count cotton will be more comfortable to sit on and stand up to wear and tear better than thinner cotton fabrics.

To prevent shrinking or losing shape after washing, I suggest pre-washing and drying the fabric before cutting and sewing the cushion covers. This will also help to prevent any dye from bleeding onto other fabrics or fading over time.

Overall, cotton is a great choice for making cushion covers and with some careful consideration, you can create comfortable and long-lasting cushions for your living room.


Absolutely! I have used cotton fabric for cushion covers before and I believe it is a great choice. However, I must say that the type of cotton fabric you use really matters for your comfort. Some cotton materials can be rough and uncomfortable to sit on.

I suggest looking for cotton fabrics with higher thread count as they tend to be softer on the skin. I have also used cotton blends with rayon or polyester, which tend to feel softer and more luxurious.

When it comes to washing and care, it's important to follow the care label instructions for your fabric. Some cotton fabrics are more prone to shrinkage than others, so it's always good to do a test wash before using it for your cushions.

Overall, I would say that cotton fabric is a great choice for cushion covers, as long as you pay attention to the type and quality of cotton you use.

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