DIY ModUpholstery: Mock Tufting

Simple idea, but I’m way into it. This could easily be applied to throw cushions as well. Throw in some buttons while you’re at it. Tada!


 The problem at hand was those annoying, yet luxurious, down-filled back cushions.  Everytime anyone would get up from the loveseat, the back cushions were smashed down, seams all askew.  My compulsive self had to walk over, re-fluff, straighten and then I could move on.

Don’t the best solutions just come to you in the simplest of ideas??

My first thought was to make some covered buttons and pull those through the cushions to give a modern, symmetric button tufting look.  That is definitely an option.  After perusing the Mitchell Gold catalogue, I opted for mock tufting made by using upholstery twine to make mock tufts with symmetrical stitches. It’s so easy!!!

Not only does the tufting freshen up the look of this loveseat, but it also solves the slouchy cushion insert problem.  Check out this tutorial for your own Mock Tufted Sofa/Loveseat Cushions. (You could also do this on the seat cushions to get an even more trendy look.) 

Note: After adding the stitched or buttons, you can’t remove the cushion inserts unless you re-do the tufting afterward re-stuffing the cushions.

This is the loveseat with plain back cushions.  It’s not bad, just a little bland.


What you need:

upholstery or other twine




long upholstery needle

What you do:

1. Gather your materials


2.  Fluff and distribute the cushions stuffing evenly

3.  Measure and mark where you want your mock tufts to be placed


4.  Thread long needle with upholstery twine


5.  Pull twine through to back of cushion


6.  Take a small diagonal stitch.  It needs to be diagonal so it will distribute the pull on the fabric weave.



7.  Pull twine snug to make your desired tuft depth and tie a knot 09/06/08

Notice how this pulls a bit on the weave. It needs to be loosened a little

8.  Snip off excess twine


 There you go, clean,  updated cushions that will no longer slouch.


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