I’m gearing up for Memorial Day weekend and plan to spend some quality time hanging in our sweet little patio garden. My fiance and I love to hang out with our pups and a cocktail in hand, but our chairs, while cute, are not comfortable. After finding black and white stripe Nate Berkus fabric at Jo-Ann Fabrics’, I knew it would be a great fabric for seat cushions. Since my chairs are round, I needed to get a little creative in making the cushions since simple DIY pillow covers wouldn’t do. If you need to add a little cushion for your tushin’, here’s a simple way to make custom cushions.
- Hand sewing needles
- Thread (matching your fabric)
- Foam squares (I chose 2″ thick)
- Ruler or Yard Stick
- Paper or Muslin
- Fabric water protectant spray (For non outdoor fabric)
- Sewing machine
- Electric knife
- Fabric scissors
First we need figure out the size of our cushions. Use a tape measure or yard stick to measure the diameter of the seat. My seats are 15″ across.
I didn’t have a circle matching the seat size so I used a quick method to make a template by marking a circle of dots and connecting them. You can use paper or fabric to create the templates. Just utilize the appropriate scissors for your template material. For the cushion cover template, use your ruler to make three marks: one at the 0, one at the diameter (16 ¼”) and one in the middle (8 ⅛”). Rotate your ruler in a circle, keeping the 8 ⅛” center measurement over the center mark, and mark both ends. This creates the circumference of your circle. Add tape to your ruler at the measurements for easier marking. Use your marker to connect the dots. Make a second circle template the size of the cushion (15″) without the seam allowance (1 1/4″). Cut out the circle templates.
For the actual foam cushion, trace the smaller circle template (15″) on the foam and use your electric knife to cut out the cushions. Line the template up to one corner for an easier cutting start and trace. Hold the cushion straight up and cut in a downward motion following the outline of the circle while keeping the knife horizontal. This will make a clean even cut.
Next we want to cut out long rectangles for the sides of the cushion. To create these, first measure the depth of your foam (mine is 2″) then add the 1 1/4″ to this measurement for the seam allowance. For the length, we need the circumference of our circle: Circumference=3.14*diameter. Use the diameter of the top and bottom fabric circles (16 1/4″). My circumference is 60″. My rectangle pieces are 3 1/4″ by 60″. You need one rectangle for each cushion. Measure and mark the dimensions on the fabric and cut out.
To assemble the cover, match up the edges of the circles and rectangle side and pin together. Leave about a 5 inch opening to inserting the foam. This is one of those awesome tricks with sewing. The straight line of the sides and the curve of the circle will match up creating the 3D form!
If you selected indoor fabric, turn the fabric right side out through the opening and then spray the fabric with water proofing spray following the instructions on the bottle.