How to Make Kitchen Chair Cushions

By Lillian Downey

  • Overview

    Kitchen chair covers add personality to your room. Learning to make your own kitchen chair covers means that you can switch them out with each season or holiday to always keep your decor looking fresh. As an added bonus, chair covers add additional comfort to your furniture and decrease wear and tear associated with everyday use. Personalize them, and each member of your household can have their own individual seat, helping children develop meal time routines.
    How to Make Kitchen Chair Cushions
    • Step 1

      If you have a current kitchen chair cover, measure it with a tape measure and write down the dimensions. Add an inch to each side to account for the internal seams. If you do not have a chair cushion, measure the seat of your chair from front to back and side to side to get the length and width measurements that you want, and write this number down. Add an inch, as stated above. If you are using a thick foam, add 2 or 3 inches to accommodate the foam's thickness.
    • Step 2

      Chose your fabric and cut out 2 squares using the measurements you just obtained. Also cut 4 pieces of ribbon that are each 8- to 10-inches long. These will be the ties that attach your cushion to your chair.

    • Step 3

      Lay the pieces of fabric on a flat surface, stacked on top of each other, with the decorative sides facing inward. You should be able to see the backside of the fabric. Pin the fabric together at 3 of the 4 sides.
    • Step 4

      On the remaining, unpinned side, you will add the ribbon. Take 2 of your 4 lengths of ribbon and insert them in between the 2 squares of fabric, about 1 to 2 inches apart, and pin them in place. Note that because this is inside-out, the ribbon should only be sticking out of the fabric about 1/2 inch. (The long side of the ribbons should be tucked between the 2 pieces of fabric.) Repeat this with the remaining 2 pieces of ribbon on the other end of the unpinned side. Then pin any remaining places on this fourth side of the cushion.
    • Step 5

      You now have an inside-out draft of your cushion. Carefully take it to your chair and set it on the seat. Make sure your measurements are okay and that your ribbons are positioned properly and long enough to tie the cushion to the chair back. If you are using foam, remember the fabric allowances you made in the fabric squares. Make any necessary adjustments.
    • Step 6

      Put your cushion back on a flat surface. Remove the pins that are exactly opposite the ribbon pieces. This is the side you will leave open so you can stuff your cushion.
    • Step 7

      Sew your pinned sides using a good, tight stitch. Go over your stitches with another row of stitches to reinforce them and add strength. Make sure you sew your ribbons into the fabric deep enough so that they cannot be easily pulled out. Tie off your stitches and remove your pins.
    • Step 8

      Turn you cushion right-side-out and put it on the flat surface. If you are using foam, measure and cut your foam so that it is smaller than the fabric at a measurement equal to its width. For example, if your foam is 2 inches thick, measure a square of foam 2 inches smaller than the size of the sides of your cushion. Insert the foam piece. If you are using batting, insert the batting until the desired thickness is reached.
    • Step 9

      Fold in the rough edges of the open side of fabric about 1/4 inch, and pin in place. Sew up the remaining side, using smaller and less noticeable hand stitches, sewing relatively close the the outside edge to produce the most seamless effect. Note that this stitch will be visible, as your cushion is now right-side-out and stuffed. If you'd like to reinforce your stitch, hand sew again over the top of the same row you just made. You are done! You can further embellish your cushion as you wish, or have your kids decorate them with fabric paints and stencils. Tie your cushion to your kitchen chair and enjoy!
    • Skill: Moderate
    • Ingredients:
    • Fabric
    • Measuring tape
    • Sewing machine or needle and thread
    • Pins
    • Batting or foam
    • Ribbon

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