Glider rockers can last a lifetime, but the cushions are not always so hardy. They get worn, torn and stained. Or your taste may change and you wish you'd got a different colour. The cushions are easy to replace by making your own cushions or cushion covers. Making your own cushions will take a few hours at most, and will give you the freedom to choose the colour and texture of the fabric, as well as the type and thickness of padding.
Choose your fabric. You can use remnants from another sewing project, or head to the fabric store to pick up a brand-new fabric in the colour and pattern you want. You may want something to match the room your rocking chair is in, or a striking contrast for a fun accent.
Select padding. You can reuse the padding currently in your chair, or buy a new piece of foam. Foam padding comes in various thicknesses. Anywhere between 1.5 inches and 3 inches works for a seat cushion.
Cut the padding into a square or rectangle to fit the seat. You'll want to measure the seat, then mark the foam with a pen. Cut it with a craft knife or sewing shears. You can leave the end squared, or cut a rounded edge where the cushion will face out from the chair.
Cut the material. Place the padding on a double layer of fabric and mark around its edges. Make sure to leave extra fabric around the edge of the padding. For a 1.5-inch pad, you'll need an extra 1 to 2 inches around each edge. Cut along the markings so that you have two identical pieces.
Stitch the fabric together. Turn the pieces inside out so that the two right sides are facing each other. Stitch around three sides. Turn right side out and stuff the padding into the fabric case.
Turn in the edges of the fabric on the fourth side so that they are puckered together. Stitch closed by hand.
Turn over the cushion and place it on the chair.
Sew two ties and stitch them to the back of the cushion to affix it to the chair's seat. The ties are simply wide rectangular strips of fabric stitched together down one side, hemmed and then attached to the cushion. They can then be tied around the rungs on the back of the chair.
Tips and warnings
- Sew two ties and stitch them to the back of the cushion to affix it to the chair's seat. The ties are simply wide rectangular strips of fabric stitched together down one side, hemmed and then attached to the cushion. They can then be tied around the rungs on the back of the chair.
Things you need
- Foam padding
- Tape measure
- Sewing shears
- Craft knife
- Sewing machine
- Needle and thread