- Foam--Foam can be purchased at most fabric and craft stores. You can purchase pre-cut squares, or you can buy a certain amount to cut yourself. I bought the foam to cut myself because it was a better bargain. My foam is two inches thick. I would have loved to have a thicker foam, but the thicker the foam, the more expensive. So I settled.
- Electric Carving Knife--You only need this item if you are cutting your own foam. I just borrowed my mom's.
- Fabric--You can use any type of fabric for your cushions. I chose an outdoor fabric because I thought it would hold up better than regular fabric. I purchased my fabric from Fabric.com. It's Waverly's Sun N Shade Getaway Stripe Walnut. The fabric was $5.49 a yard, and orders over a certain amount get free shipping. You will have to decide how much fabric you need by measuring the seat of your chair. (See how wide your fabric is too!)
- Piping--Piping is not necessary, but it gives cushions a much more finished, professional look.
- Thread--You need thread to match your fabric.
- Paper--You need some type of paper to make a pattern of your chair. (If your chair bottom is square or you're using precut foam, you don't really need this.) I used wrapping paper!
- Straight Pins--You're going to need a decent amount of straight pins. I am a worrier when it comes to keeping things straight, so I pin EVERYTHING before I sew it.
- Sewing Machine--Can you do this by hand? Yes. Will you want to jump out of a window if you tried? I know I would!
Step Two: Cut your foam according to your pattern. Lay your foam as flat as possible on a table. Cut with the electric carving knife, but don't cut the table! :) Keep the knife parallel to the foam to get a nice, straight cut. Tip: The edge will be much straighter if you can cut it once and be done, but that may not always be possible. You need to try it in your chair to see if it fits correctly. If it doesn't, cut more. :)
Step Three: Cut your fabric. Cut out two pieces the size of your foam with a half inch added all the way around. The half inch will be your seam allowance. Cut out one strip the thickness of your foam with a half inch added all the way around. My foam was two inches, so I made my strip three inches wide. Add an inch to the length for the seam allowance also.(Since I had stripes, I cut a strip for the front of my cushion to match the stripe on the top of my fabric. Then I cut a strip for the perimeter left over, plus an inch for seam allowance.)
|This is the fabric pinned. It doesn't look so wavy once it's sewn.|
Step Five: Put your finished cushion on your chair, and bask in the glory of its loveliness!!! :)
My cushion is a little curved in the middle right now. My foam was stored rolled, so it needs to settle to flatten out. And I know the chair's black, and the cushion has brown stripes. When I finish the whole room, I'll post pictures and it will make sense.
If you have any easier ways to do anything I've listed, feel free to let me know in the comment section below. And if you have any questions, post them there also! Happy crafting! :)