Brown throw pillows will show signs of wear over the years, with sinking pillows and worn upholstery. Although your couch is rarely used, pets may have found the pillows irresistible, leaving scratches or stains. Replacing pillows instead of the entire couch will save hundreds of dollars.
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Replacing foam parts
Remove cushion inserts. Many sofa pads have side pull chains, where you can easily remove the pillow foam. Measure foam dimensions: length, width and depth. Go to an art and craft store or shop online for replacements that match the dimensions of your old foam insert. Check if fiberglass wraps. Many sofa cushion foam inserts are covered in a 1- to 2-inch thick layer of padding fiber, which softens the seat structure. If your couch pads are colored or have a smell, throw the fiberglass wrap out with the old foam insert after you have measured the cushions. See the Resources link for where to buy and how to change upholstery fiber wraps.
Change the daybed cover
Remove the fabric from the pillows, and use a splitter to remove all seams. Run a steam iron along the seams so that the material is completely flat. Measure the exact dimensions of the stretch-flat sofa cushion fabric. This is the pattern you should use to create your new pillow cover, so as not to throw out. Search for a fabric match on an upholstery outlet. Consider joining a coordinating firm or a printing fabric then matching the remaining fabric to the couch arms and back will be difficult, if not impossible. Place the new fabric on a table and pin the old pieces over it. Cut out, remove the pins and sew the new fabric together with identical seam allowances like the old covers, leaving an opening for the inserts. Put the zipper, or by hand, sew to close the opening.
Tips and warnings
If you do not want to replace the zipper or by hand sew the opening, consider a two-part section for the pillow bottom. This is where a piece of fabric covers something else to create a zipper less, stitch-free closure. In this case (of course), the underside of the pad could never be directed upwards. If your sofa cushion cover does not have zipper access, you can cut a notch in the upholstery on the back of the cushion, and then sew the cushion closed when finished. Never use upholstery cleaner on your furniture without testing it in a hidden area first. Fabric damage or bleaching can occur.