How to make a simple day bed cover

Completed day bed cover

A simple sketch is drawn.   Measurements are taken including top to floor, length and width of the mattress as well as how deep it is from top to bottom (9").

Because the coral stripe in the shade fabric was so strong we elected to use the more subdued stripe from the main fabric for trim.

First a piece is cut for the top.   It is cut 1" longer and 1" wider than the actual top of the mattress.  This provides 1'2" seam allowance on all sides. Since this fabric had no directional sheen or nap, the top piece was cut length wise on the fabric to avoid seams on the top.

Front panel is planned

The front panel is laid out.  As you can see,  there was 1/2" seam allowance at the top,26" finish length and a bottom hem allowance.

Aqua and green stripe with 1/4" coral edge will be applied to green body fabric
The aqua and green part of the fabric was chosen for trim.  It was cut out of the fabric with a 3/4" edge of coral.  This will allow for a 1/2" turn under and a 1/4" coral edge showing on each side of the trim stripe.  The trim is pinned where it belongs and sewn on both the top piece and front piece so that they will align.

Cover 1/4" welt cord in the main fabric and attach to the trimmed "top piece".   After the top piece is welted sew the 26" trimmed "front piece" to the welted top piece.   Make sure trims align.

Next the four pieces are laid out that will cover the sides of the mattress.  They are cut 9"+1"(1/2" seam allowance and 1/2" seam allowance bottom.  Two are cut the length of the mattress+1"   and two are cut the width of the mattress +1".   these pieces are then sewn together end to end- short to long to short.
A 1/4" welt cord is covered in the main fabric(see "how to make a tie on chair pad" for instructions on how to cover welt cord) and sewn on to the bottom of the 9" section.                                                      

Band for bottom is cut and hemmed.

The bottom piece, the part that will go under the bottom of the mattress and hold the cover in place; is hemmed.  It is then sewn to the bottom of the 9"  (side) pieces.

At each corner sew the "bottom pieces " together on a 45 degree angle.

finished cover.   See how the trim runs across the top matches and goes down the front
Now pin the assembled "side pieces" to the top piece and watching the welt cord stitches, sew the pieces together.  If you sew a little closer to the cord than the stitch holding it, no stitch will show when it is turned right side out.

Done             I hope this was helpful.    please let me know what you think of the blog

Bill Gantt