DIY Denim Cushion – Chevron

One of my go to fabrics is denim – it is so versatile and strong. Old jeans have endless possibilities for being transformed, upcycled into something beautiful. One of my all time favourite makes is a denim rag quilt (you can find the tutorial here). Recycled fabrics are my favourite materials to work with. What’s not to love? I can sew as much as I like without taking more of our worlds limited resources. Today I am going to share with you a chevron denim cushion.

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It’s perfect for using up scraps of denim from other projects. Are looking for further ideas for what to do with your old jeans? Check out my 25+ craft ideas for old jeans

DIY Denim Cushion

To make you will need:
3 pair of old jeans or more
An 18″ navy zip
6 meters of thin orange ribbon

Lets start making the back for the cushion cover. Check your jeans, pick the pair with a wide and straight leg. Cut off the hem off the jeans, and then cut the leg off at 19″. Then cut down the seam with the most curve leaving a straight line.  Cut a further piece of denim 19″ long from the other leg.

Place together – check the two pieces will make a 19″ square. If not add another panel.

Turn and press an edge, place along the zip. Pin and stitch using a zipper foot. Repeat for the other side of the zip. Trim the back of your cushion to 19″ square.

For the front panel cut a 19″ square of denim. If necessary piece together.

Using a quilters ruler and tailors chalk mark down the center. Fold a square of paper diagonally on half. Place on your denim to mark the stitch line for your strips of denim. Mark several stitch lines both sides of the center.

Cut a number of strips of denim measuring 14″ long by 1 1/2″ wide (you will need approximately 40 strips). Pin to the cushion with ribbon down the center of the strip. Stitch in place to secure.

Place your next strip parallel, with your ribbons being approximately 1″ apart.  Stitch to secure. Continue until you have finished one side.

Repeat for the second side, ensuring you are aligning the ribbons at the center of the cushion.

Snip in the denim strips up to the ribbon. Snip 1/4″ apart down both sides of every strip.

Partly unzip the zip. Place right sides together of the cushion. Stitch with 1/2″ seam allowance.

Turn right side out – lastly wash your cushion to roughen up the edges. Tip – do not place in the washing machine with other items unless you wish to be pulling lots of threads of denim off your clothes (learn form my mistake!)

I love the contrast of textures, the raw edges of the denim against the soft shiny ribbon.

Pin the project for later.

Wasn’t that easy? What colour of ribbon would you choose?

If you love reusing your old jeans do check out the many different denim tutorials I have. Plus I have yet more fun DIY pillow cover patterns to share with you.


20 thoughts on “DIY Denim Cushion – Chevron”

  1. I’ve made loads of things out of denim but have never done anything with a ragged effect. Your pillow looks great I have pinned it to my denim board to give it ago at a later date. Not sure what colour ribbon I’d use perhaps a bright turquoise.

  2. Love this idea! Just one question: What exactly does this mean? “Cut a number of strips of denim measuring 1 1/2″ by long.” A bit confusing, since I’m learning to sew. Thanks!!

    • Hi, Sorry for the delay in coming back to you – the strips need to be approx 14″ long by 1 1/2″ wide. I will amend the instructions, thanks for pointing this out:) Enjoy your sewing. Vicky

  3. After reading through your directions and browsing your pix I had to slap the side of my head with “DUH!” 😀 I LOVE using this idea to make denim pretty! I just had long since forgotten about it…Thanks ever so so much for refreshing my memory with a wonderful project! My lawn swing, which I use in lieu of a couch, is going to love the new look!

  4. Gorgeous. I think I would be tempted to do a flap over in back to avoid setting in a zipper. I would love it with red ribbon. Think it would be great for a man cave (Red Sox and Patriots colors are navy, red, and white!).


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