I’ve been working on my deck off and on throughout the spring and summer and it’s finally starting to come together. I know I’m not going to break any makeover speed records with this project, but that’s life, right? Spaces take time to come together. So, there is still more to do, but last week I jumped a big hurtle – I made new chair cushions for the vintage iron armchairs my mom passed along to me and I thought I would share a tutorial on how to make a chair cushion.
They really, really needed new chair cushions. The old ones were deteriorated, mildewed, faded and ripped. They were beyond cleaning or recovering. I needed to start from scratch.
The chairs are comfortable and in great shape, though, so it was worth the time to make new cushions.
I actually tried to find pre-made cushions that were the right size, but I couldn’t. They were either the right size, but not thick enough or they were thick enough, but too big or too small. Making four cushions from scratch is not my idea of a fun time, but I knew I could do it, so I went the DIY route.
I needed four 20 x 21 x 4″ anti-microbial polyurethane cushions for the two chairs. It was handy that all of the cushions are the same size, but I could’ve cut two of them down for the backs, if needed.
I also needed 3/4″ thick polyester batting, enough to wrap around each cushion.
For indoor furniture
I like using as many natural materials as possible…cotton batting, feather filler, etc., but for outside, it all has to be quick-drying to avoid mold and mildew. My deck is not covered, so all of the furniture, including the cushions, will be in the elements.
Making the cushions is super simple.
Cut the batting to the same width as the cushion and long enough to wrap all the way around. The two sides will not be covered.
Spray one side of the cushion with a heavy-duty spray adhesive. This prevents the batting from shifting, specifically when it’s being stuffed into a cover, which is no easy task.
Spray one side of the foam cushion with adhesive and stick it to the batting, making sure it’s on straight and smooth. Repeat with the other four sides, until the foam cushion is wrapped.
Cut off excess, so the batting is flush with the cushion.
Here’s a quick video tutorial, showing exactly what I did, since the directions above aren’t very detailed…
Making the cushions was the easy part. Now, I needed to make all of the cushion covers, including piping and zippers.
(And I really need to clean up that grease spot under the chair. It looks like we’ve been parking our car on the deck.)
Oh, and that pretty crewel-work pillow is from Pine Cone Hill, but I’ll share more on those and the outdoor rug in another post.
To see how to sew a zipper closure on a box cushion, check out THIS TUTORIAL.
For more upholstery tutorials, click HERE.
A funny little behind-the-scenes thing before I sign off. We live in a rural area and there are tractors lined up behind our house (stock and maintenance from the local tractor store.) And, of course, they are all bright orange! So, I have to be really tricky with my camera angles and cropping to keep the bright orange tractors out of my pretty deck pictures!
I think it’s time to plant some hedges.
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Disclosure: Sailrite, one of the brands I partner with, provided the foam and fabric for this project. I purchased the batting and adhesive. All opinions shared are my own.