DIY Custom Bench Cushion

Written by melissa j. bell
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DIY Custom Bench Cushion
Make a plush cushion for your hard-seated bench. (bench image by MLProject from Fotolia.com)

Creating your own upholstery accessories is not as difficult as it may seem, particularly if you are not reupholstering whole furniture pieces. One of the most popular types of homemade upholstery is the simple cushion. While most indoor benches come with ready-made cushions, you may find an indoor bench with no cushion or a damaged cushion, or may wish to create a removable cushion for a hard outdoor bench.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Measuring tape
  • Upholstery foam
  • Craft knife
  • Paper
  • Pencil
  • Fabric
  • Scissors
  • Pins
  • Thread
  • Home sewing machine
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Sewing needle

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Measure the bench for which you wish to make a cushion. Measure the whole length and width of the seat.

  2. 2

    Cut a piece of upholstery foam in the length and width measurements you took in Step 1, using a craft knife. Measure the height of the upholstery foam.

  3. 3

    Write down the height, length and width measurements you took, and set them aside. These measurements will be used to create the dimensions of a thick, box-shaped cushion for your bench.

  4. 4

    Cut the top and bottom pieces of fabric for your bench cushion. These pieces should be identical rectangles in the length measurement plus 1 inch and the width measurement plus 1 inch.

  5. 5

    Cut the fabric pieces for the short sides of your bench cushion. These pieces will create the height. Cut 2 rectangles that are as long as the width measurement plus 1 inch and as wide as the height measurement plus 1 inch.

  6. 6

    Cut the fabric pieces for the long sides of your bench cushion. These pieces will also create the height. Cut 2 rectangles that are as long as the length measurement plus 1 inch and as wide as the height measurement plus 1 inch.

  7. 7

    Pin 1 long side piece and 1 short side piece right sides together at the "height" edges, then sew them together 1/2 inch away from these edges. Iron the seam allowances open.

  8. 8

    Pin the other long side piece to the other "height" edge of the short side piece, right sides together. Sew the pieces together 1/2 inch away from these edges and iron the seam allowances open.

  9. 9

    Pin the remaining short side piece to the remaining edges of the long side pieces, right sides together. Sew them together 1/2 inch away from the edges, then iron the seam allowances open. You should have a connected loop of all the side pieces.

  10. 10

    Pin the edges of the top cushion piece to 1 long edge of the loop, right sides together. Make sure that the corners match up, then clip the corners for ease. Sew a 1/2-inch seam all the way around the edges.

  11. 11

    Pin the edges of the bottom cushion piece to the other long edge of the loop, right sides together. Leave 1 edge open, then sew the other edges together, with a 1/2-inch seam.

  12. 12

    Turn the cushion cover right side out. Slide the upholstery foam in through the open edge.

  13. 13

    Pin the open edge closed, hiding the raw edges of the fabric. Handstitch the edge, using a slipstitch.

Tips and warnings

  • You can also add a zipper to the open edge, instead of handstitching it permanently closed.

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