Learning how to make chair cushions with ties is a fantastic way to make an uncomfortable seating experience more bearable. Using a handful of materials and simple measuring, cutting, and sewing processes, you can make a chair cushion that will attach to your chair securely in no time.
Do you want to make a chair more comfortable to sit in, or do you want to recycle materials just hanging around the house? Read on to do both of these and know all there is about making chair cushions with ties!
How To Create A Chair Cushion With Ties
This project is straightforward. All you need is stuffing, fabrics, safety pins, needles and thread, rulers, pencils, and a pair of scissors.
You can also use a sewing machine if you don’t want to hand-sew everything. Even for a beginner, the whole creation process will take just around an hour or two.
When it comes to choosing a fabric, consider materials like cotton. Cotton and other similar materials are soft yet durable, which promises you comfortable seating for a long time.
Step #1. Measure your seat
First and foremost, you have to measure the seat of your chair. By doing so, you ensure that your chair cushion will be comfortable and fitting.
Step #2. Prepare your stuffing
You can use a number of different stuffings for your chair cushions, such as polyester, feather, or foam. The amount of polyester or feather you need will depend on the size of your seat, but it’s best to have extra just in case. For foam stuffing, make sure that the foam covers the entirety of the chair.
In preparing your foam, spray it with adhesive, then cover it in cloth such as muslin. Wrap and press the fabric completely around the foam and cut off any excess. Doing so prevents the foam from breaking apart due to friction.
Step #3. Cut the fabrics
Cut the fabrics depending on the size of the seat and the filling you will use. When it comes to the size of the fabrics, you should always add a half-inch seam allowance on all sides.
If you choose polyester or feather for your stuffing, you need two cloth pieces that are an inch bigger than the measurement of your seat. However, if you use foam, you will need six pieces of cloth: one for each side, one for the top part, and one for the bottom.
As for the ties, you can use ribbon or trim. If you use trim, you can move on to the next step. You can also use thin strips of fabric, but that comes with extra steps.
Cut two 20″ by 2″ inch fabric pieces. Fold the materials lengthwise, and sew all the way along the side.
Afterward, turn the ties right side out to hide the stitches. Fold a little of the opening ends inside and stitch to close the ends.
Step #4. Sewing the cushion cover
For cushions using polyester and other loose stuffing, place the fabrics on top of each other. Make sure that the decorated parts of the cloth are placed back-to-back with each other. Using safety pins, pin these pieces of fabric together while leaving a half-inch seam allowance.
Sew three of the four corners shut. Turn the cushion cover inside out to hide the stitches.
Put in the cushion stuffing. Place the filling inside the cushion, taking care not to overfill it.
Overfilling the cushion will make it uncomfortable and may cause the stitches to break sooner than they should. To avoid this, make sure that you put the stuffing inside the cushion evenly, creating a slight, equal bump all over.
For the cushion using foam, sew all the side pieces first to create one long piece of fabric called the side assembly. Remember to leave a half-inch seam allowance. Afterward, attach the top and the bottom fabric pieces to the side assembly by sewing them together.
Leave an opening at one end of the cushion cover so that you can place the foam inside it. After placing the foam, proceed to the next step.
Step #5. Attaching the ties
Fold the half-inch seam allowance on the cushion cover’s opening, then pin them in place. Fold the ties in half and pin the folded part near the edges of the opening. Now, sew the opening shut, attaching the ties to the cover itself.
Step #6. Finishing up
Now that the cushion is sealed tight, check the corners for any imperfections so that you could mend them by sewing. Try pulling on the ties to see if they are secure.
Once the cushion is ready, place it on your seat and tie the ties onto the backrest. Congratulations! You just made your own do-it-yourself chair cushion.
Comfort is an essential part of our daily lives. Knowing how to make chair cushions with ties will not only help increase that comfort in our homes but also helps you recycle your unused materials. By following a simple 6-step process, you can make a cushion that brings you comfort and serves as decoration for your home.