This was a quick and easy project. I don't even know how long it took, because I did it all while I was waiting for the paint to dry on my dressertainment center. This super-fast solution has had a huge impact on our living room. Here's what I did:
First I used a seam ripper to carefully separate the pillow from the back cushion. Using the cushion as a pattern, I cut two rectangles of fabric. They were one inch wider than the cushion, and about six inches longer. I sewed the sides and bottom together with the right sides facing and a half inch seam allowance.
Before covering the cushion, I attached fusible velcro to the back. The existing cushion was attached to the frame with velcro. So I just measured the cushion to determine where to put the velcro.
I stuffed the cushion into the new cover and pinned the top where it needed to be closed. Then I pushed it down as far as I could so that I could sew the top closed with my machine. The top seam is covered by the pillow, so I left the extra few inches to hang loose at the top so that I could attach the pillow.
I used the pillow as a pattern to make the pillow cover. The pillow cover is a rectangle that folds around the pillow. The edges were stitched together with the right sides facing. The top was closed in the same way as the back cushion, leaving a few inches of extra fabric at the top.
I attached the pillow to the back cushion by sewing together the extra flaps. These flaps are hidden by the pillow when it folds down. I did sew the corners of the flaps in so they don't poke out. This picture shows the pillow folded backwards.
Last step was covering the footstool cushion. Once again I used the existing cushion as my pattern. I cut a rectangle that was long enough to go all the way around the cushion, with about six extra inches added on.
I basically made an envelope pillow case. There are plenty of good tutorials out there for making an envelope case. Here is the under-side of the footstool cushion. You can see the opening. I just slipped the cushion in and turned it right side up.
Ta-daa!! Instant room update in very little time. If you can sew a straight line, you can do this :)