Updating small details within a room refreshes the look and feel. New cushion covers are a simple way to do this. Fabric remnants at least 1in (2.5cm) larger than the cushion pad are cut out. With the right sides pinned together, a line of stitching is made around three-and-a-half sides of the cover. Any excess fabric is trimmed from the corners to remove bulk. The cover is turned right side out through the opening and the cushion pad placed inside it. The seam allowance on each side of the cover is folded in and pressed to give a crisp edge. Using ladder stitch to create a hidden seam, the ends are stitched together. To do this, the needle is pushed up through the fabric on one seam edge, the knot hidden within the seam. The needle is pushed down through the opposite seam edge, then back up through the same side approximately 3-6mm away. The process is repeated along the length of the opening, with each stitch made on alternate sides. When the end is reached, the thread is gently pulled tight to evenly close the gap, then tied off securely and the ends trimmed.