How to Upholster Early American Style Rocking Chairs With Cushions

Updated February 21, 2017

If you have an early American style rocking chair that you'd like to make a little more comfortable, you can make your own cushion for it. If you know how to customise the cushion pattern to fit your specific rocking chair, the task is simple and involves only a small investment of time. If you don't have a sewing machine, you can hand sew the cushion with great results.

Place a sheet of newspaper over the seat of the rocking chair and use a marker to trace it. Cut the pattern from the newspaper with a pair of scissors.

Use sewing pins to secure the pattern to the fabric of your choice that has been doubled over and cut out the shape with scissors. You should now have two identical pieces of fabric.

Put the two pieces of cushion fabric together so the sides with the designs are facing inward, as if the cushion is inside out. Secure with sewing pins around the edges to ensure the fabric pieces stay together.

Bind the edges of the cushion together by using a needle and thread or loaded sewing machine. Sew around the edge until 2 inches of material is left.

Turn the cushion right side out through the 2-inch space you left. Insert stuffing or foam cushion padding into the hole until it is filled, using a wooden spoon to make sure the stuffing gets into the corners.

Sew the 2-inch gap shut and cut away any excess thread that remains after you knot it.

Cut four 3-by-1-inch rectangles from the fabric. Sew the 1-inch end of the ties against the back of the cushion, with two ties on each side. Secure the cushion on the rocking chair by looping the ties around the back spokes of the chair and tying them.

Things You'll Need

  • Sheet of newspaper
  • Marker
  • Scissors
  • Fabric of choice
  • Needle and thread or loaded sewing machine
  • Stuffing or foam cushion padding
  • Wooden spoon
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