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Publication numberUS3443294 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateMay 13, 1969
Filing dateAug 1, 1968
Priority dateAug 1, 1968
Publication numberUS 3443294 A, US 3443294A, US-A-3443294, US3443294 A, US3443294A
InventorsGeorge Gary L
Original AssigneeGeorge Gary L
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Method of making a cushion covering means
US 3443294 A
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y 1969 e. GEORGE METHOD OF MAKING A CUSHION COVERING MEANS Filed Aug. 1, 1968 INVENTOR.

' w fizzxl United States Patent U.S. Cl. 2991.1 4 Claims ABSTRACT OF THE DISCLOSURE A method of making a cushion covering means comprising folding wall portions downwardly from top portions so that they form side walls, joining the adjacent ends of said wall portions by a securing means, thereby forming vertical corner seams and forming tab portions which extend outwardly from each of the corner seams, folding said bottom portions inwardly from said wall portions so that all of said bottom portions lie in the same horizontal plane with some of their edges adjacent each other, joining said adjacent edges of said bottom portions together by a securing means thereby forming a bottom wall for said covering means, inserting a closable opening extending along the length of one of said side walls, reversing the assembled cushion covering means about said closable opening so that said tab portions are extending inwardly from said seams, and fitting a cushion device through said closable opening and into said cushion covering means.

This application is a continuation of application Ser. No. 570,587, filed Aug. 5, 1966, now abandoned.

This invention relates to a cushion covering means and the method of making the same and more particularly to a cushion covering means and the method of making the same where the welts do not appear on any part of the external surface of the covering means.

Conventional cushion covers have welt seams along some or all of the corners of the cushion. These welts create discomfort for anyone who is sitting on the cushion. They also detract from the neatness and attractiveness of the covered cushion. Furthermore, whenever the cover is not in perfect alignment the welt seams accentuate the disalignment.

Therefore, it is a principal object of this invention to provide a method of making a cushion covering means with its corners and edges substantially free from welt scams or outwardly extending protrusions.

A further object of this invention is to provide a method of making a cushion covering means that is easily removable from the cushion structure.

A further object is to provide a method of making a cushion covering means which can be constructed with the seams facing outwardly and which can then be reversed so that the seams are facing inwardly.

A further object of this invention is to position all horizontal seams on the under side of the cushion so that their alignment is not visible when the cushion is in use.

A further object of this invention is to make a removable cushion covering with a zipper opening which does not extend around the corners of the cushion.

A further object of this invention is to make a cushion covering means which is durable in use, refined in appearance, and economical of manufacture.

These and other objects will be apparent to those skilled in the art.

This invention consists in the construction, arrangement, and combination of the various parts of the device, whereby the objects contemplated are attained as hereinafter more fully set forth, specifically pointed out in the claims, and illustrated in the accompanying drawings in which:

FIG. 1 is a top view of the cushion covering means before it has been folded and before the bottom panel has been secured;

FIG. 2 is a perspective view disclosing the bottom and rearward sides of the cushion covering means in a partially folded and partially sewn state of construction;

FIG. 3 illustrates the positioning of the bottom panel of the covering means before it is secured in place;

FIG. 4 illustrates the bottom and rearward sides of the fully assembled covering means with the seam tab portions of the covering means facing outwardly;

FIG. 5 illustrates the bottom and frontal sides of the fully assembled covering means with the seam tab portions of the covering means facing inwardly;

FIG. 6 illustrates a conventional cushion which can be inserted into said covering means through its zipper opening; and

FIG. 7 illustrates the top and frontal sides of the cushion covering means as they will appear when it is in use.

FIG. 1 illustrates a foldable unitary sheet member 11, consisting of conventional furniture covering material and having a centrally positioned rectangular top portion 12 which is defined by folding lines 13, 14, 15 and 16. It should be understood that the folding lines are ultimately defined only when the cushion is inserted into the completed cushion cover, but the description of these lines will aid in describing the invention and the function of the various portions of the sheet member 11. Extending outwardly from top 12 are four rectangular wall portions 18, 19, 20 and 21 with folding lines 13, 14, 15 and 16 serving as the inside edges of each wall portion. The outer edges of wall portions 18, 19, 20 and 21 are defined by folding lines 23, 24, 25 and 26. Extending outwardly from wall portions 18, 19, 20 and 21 are trapezoidally-shaped bottom portions 28, 29, 30 and 31 with folding lines 23, 24, 25 and 26 serving as their respective tramzoidal bases. Forty-five degree angles are formed between the folding lines 23, 24, 25 and 26 and the sides of each bottom portion. Rear wall portion 20 includes a zipper element 33 which extends parallel to folding line 15 and which extends the entire length of rear wall portion 20. The outermost edges of bottom portions 28, 29, 30 and 31 have seam tab portions 40, 41, 42 and 43 respectively. The two angular sides of each of the above mentioned bottom portions have seam tab portions 44 and 45, 46 and 47,

' 48 and 49, and 50 and 51 respectively. The two exposed ends of each of the wall portions 18, 19, 20 and 21 have seam tab portions 52 and 53, 54 and 55, 56 and 57 and 58 and 59. The above described seam tab portions are merely the edge portions of the wall and bottom portions that are incorporated into the eventual seams.

In FIG. 2 which views covering means 10 from the bottom side, the four wall portions 18, 19, 20 and 21 have been folded downwardly 90 degrees from top portion 12 along folding lines 13, 14, 15 and 16 thereby forming side Walls for a cushion compartment. Again, these folding lines 13, 14, 15 and 16 do not assume a well defined line until the cushion structure is inserted into the cover means. Seam tab portions 52 and 59, 53 and 54, 55 and 56, and 57 and 58 are sewn together in pairs to form the four vertical corner seams 61, 62, 63 and 64 respectively.

The numeral generally refers to the rectangular bottom wall of covering means 10 and includes bottom portions 28, 29, 30 and 31 and bottom panel 71.

In FIG. 3 the four bottom portions 28, 29, 30 and 31 are folded inwardly degrees along folding lines 23, 24, 25 and 26 respectively. This folding causes seam tab portions 44 and 51, 45 and 46, 47 and 48 and 49 and 50 to be adjacent each other in pairs. When these pairs are sewn together they form four seams 66, 67, 68 and 69 extending inwardly from each of the four corner seams 61, 62, 63 and 64 along the bottom wall 85 of covering means 10. Tab portions 40, 41, 42 and 43 outline a rectangularlyshaped opening 70 in the bottom wall 85 of covering means 10. Bottom panel 71 is cut to fit opening 70 and is sewn over opening 70 with the aid of seam tabs 40, 41, 42 and 43. The result is four seams 75, 76, 77 and 78 (see FIG. 4) in a rectangular shape with each of the four corners of the rectangle being adjacent the inner ends of 1 seams 66, 67, 68 and 69.

At this point the covering means 10 is completely assembled. The sheet member 11 has been folded into a cushion compartment and the bottom panel 71 has been secured in place. By opening zipper 33 and by reversing the covering means 10 so that the seam tab portions are facing inwardly, a covering means 10 is created such as is illustrated in FIGS. and 7. The corners formed between the four wall portions and the four edges of top 14 coincide with folding lines 23, 24, 25 and 26. The only seams visible when the covering means is in use are the vertical corner seams 61, 62, 63 and 64 as illustrated in FIG. 7. Because of the reversing of the covering means after the seams were sewn there are no welt seams nor any protruding seams on the outside surface of the covering means. Because of the folding design employed in this invention all of the seams in covering means 10, with the exception of corner seams 61, 62, 63 and 64, lie on the bottom wall 85 of cushion covering means where they are not visible when it is in use.

One slight variation of this invention would be the elimination of a need for bottom panel 71 by extending bottom portions 28, 29, 30 and 31 inwardly until they meet each other, thereby enclosing the bottom surface of covering means 10.

A cushion 90 (see FIG. 6) can be inserted into cushion cover 10 through the open zipper element 33 and it can also be extracted from the covering means 10 through that opening.

Thus it can be appreciated that a new and useful cushion cover has been described together with the method for making the same. It can be seen that at least all of the stated objectives have been accomplished.

Some changes may be made in the construction and arrangement of my cushion covering means and method of making same without departing from the real spirit and purpose of my invention, and it is my intention to cover by my claims, any modified forms of structure or use of mechanical equivalents which may be reasonably included within their scope.

I claim: 1. The method of making a cushion covering means, taking a unitary foldable sheet member comprised of a top portion; a plurality of wall portions extending outwardly from the edges of said top portion, each of said wall portions having an outermost edge; and a plurality of bottom portions extending outwardly from said outermost edges of said wall portions,

folding said wall portions downwardly from said top portion so that they form side walls for said covering means,

joining the adjacent ends of said wall portions by a securing means, thereby forming vertical corner seams at the corners of said side walls and forming tab 4 portions which extend outwardly from each of said corner seams, folding said bottom portions inwardly from said wall portions so that all of said bottom portions lie in the same horizontal plane with some of their edges adjacent each other, thereby forming a bottom wall for said covering means, joining said adjacent edges of said bottom portions together by a securing means, thereby forming horizontal seams having outwardly extending tab portions, inserting a closable opening extending along the length of one of said side walls, reversing the assembled cushion covering means about said closable opening so that said tab portions of said horizontal and vertical seams are extending inwardly from said seams, and fitting a cushion device through said closable opening and into said cushion covering means. 2. The method of claim 1 wherein said bottom wall has an opening and a bottom panel is secured over said opening.

3. The method of making a cushion covering means, taking a unitary foldable sheet member comprised of a top portion, a plurality of wall portions extending outwardly from the edges of said top portion, each of said wall portions having an outermost edge; and a plurality of bottom portions extending outwardly from said outermost edges of said wall portions, folding said wall portions downwardly from said top portion so that they form side walls for said covering means, joining the adjacent ends of said wall portions by a securing means, thereby forming vertical corner seams at the corners of said side walls and forming tab portions which extend outwardly from each of said corner seams, folding said bottom portions inwardly from said wall portions so that all of said bottom portions lie in the same horizontal plane with some of their edges adjacent each other, joining said adjacent edges of said bottom portions together by a securing means thereby forming a bottom wall for said covering means, inserting a closable opening extending along the length of one of said side walls, reversing the assembled cushion covering means about said closable opening so that said tab portions of said horizontal and vertical seams are extending inwardly from said seams, and fitting a cushion device through said closable opening and into said cushion covering means. 4. The method of claim 3 wherein said securing means is a bottom panel.

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Referenced by
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US5175915 *Jul 19, 1991Jan 5, 1993Doyel John SMethod of making a padded pillow with an inflatable insert
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Classifications
U.S. Classification29/91.1, 5/496
International ClassificationA47C31/00, A47C31/10
Cooperative ClassificationA47C31/10
European ClassificationA47C31/10