Instead of paying someone a few hundred dollars, I decided to make my own bench seat cushions and covers. No joke, it took me 24 full hours and I know now why people pay other people to do this stuff. But I saved a bunch of money and it’s been long enough now that I might even consider doing it again. Maybe.
Skill level: This sewing project would be good for intermediate sewers.
Time commitment estimate: Lots. If you’re considering doing something like this yourself, it’s not difficult. Just be prepared for the time required to complete them.
Supplies you’ll need (below are some links to Amazon if you want things delivered to you, otherwise Joann’s should have everything you need):
1. Sewing machine – You’ll need a standard sewing machine to complete this project. See here for some suggestions.
2. Thread – The only thread I use is Gutermann. Other brands have the little lip that always gets caught when I’m sewing and it drives me crazy. This would be a good investment if you need various colors for future projects as well. Otherwise just get a spool that matches your fabric.
3. Scissors – Invest in a decent pair of scissors (not expensive, just decent) and then don’t let anyone else use them. I had a sewing instructor in school harp on that constantly – everyone puts pressure in different areas of the scissors and you don’t want your alignment to get messed up. Fiskars is my brand of choice, and this pair looks like a great place to start. Also, don’t use them for anything except fabric. They’ll get dull quicker and there is nothing worse than trying to cut fabric with dull scissors.
4. Home interior fabric – I got my fabric at Joann’s, which has quite a good selection of heavier weight upholstery-type fabric. I used a 40% off coupon on it since this kind of fabric can be pretty expensive.
5. High Density Foam – I also got this at Joann’s, and used 40% off coupons for each of the pieces. The one I chose is 2.5″ thick.
6. Electric Knife – This is what I used to cut the foam. There’s probably a better (safer?) way to do it, but it did the trick for me.
7. Velcro – I used Velcro to close up the underside of each cover.
8. 1/4″ Piping cord – I used this to make the 3 dimensional edges around the top and bottom of each cushion.
This first part of making the cushions, the cutting of the foam, took a really long time. It’s hard to tell from these photos, but I even cut the back of each cushion to be at an angle so it would lay flush with the back of the seat. In retrospect, definitely not worth my time. Points for effort though.
Here’s that nice angle of the back of the cushion I mentioned that nobody else will ever notice:
This is the underside of the bench cushion with the velcro opening:
With the leftover materials, I also made cushions and covers for the two chairs we have in the kitchen. I opted out of the cord piping around the edges because I had just finished the 24 hour bench cover project and needed to keep my sanity. The chair seats aren’t a perfect square, so I put all my remaining energy into making sure the measurements of the cushions were right before cutting with the electric knife.
*Please ignore the plywood floor. And the pink linoleum for that matter. The kitchen is a work in progress. 🙂
And of course, where would I be without my trusty assistants?
*The scissors in this photo above are awful. I had temporarily misplaced my good ones. See my rec above and do as I say, not as I do.