We just got a new outdoor table set from Ikea and have been enjoying sitting on our porch so much! It’s so nice to eat outside on a warm evening. The chairs are comfortable, but we wanted a little cushion for the wood seats. I couldn’t find any the right size for this set, so I decided to make my own. Here’s a step-by-step of how to make simple seat cushions for outdoor furniture.
- Foam squares the size of your seat (or larger to trim down)
- Outdoor fabric
- Straight pins
- Sewing machine
- Needle for hand stitching
- Iron and ironing board
- Start by measuring the seat of your chair; mine was square, 15″x15″. Then cut your foam to the size of your seat, if necessary. My foam was 15″x17″, so I cut off two inches on one side.
- Next, determine the cut size of your fabric. Don’t forget to add the width of the foam to your measurements, plus a seam allowance. My foam was 1″ thick, so I added 1″ plus another 1″ (1/2″ seam allowance on both sides) for a cut size of 17″x17″.
- Before cutting the seat fabric, make sure you will have enough for the ties. You will need two 2″ x 30-34″ cut pieces per cushion (or, if you don’t have enough length to do 30-34″ in your excess, you can do four 2″ x 15-17″ pieces per cushion). Now you can cut all of your fabric pieces.
- Take the 2″ wide pieces for the ties, fold them lengthwise right side out, and iron a crease. Then open the fabric and fold the raw edges into the middle using the crease as a guide and iron down. Fold along the first crease again with the raw edges inside creating 1/2″ wide ties. Pin in place, then sew lengthwise.
- To finish the ends of the ties, trim the raw edges cleanly then fold over twice, for a finished fold of about 1/2″. Sew lengthwise, going over it a couple of times to be sure it’s secure.
- Now for the seat fabric. I had a wide piece of fabric, so rather than cut individual front and back pieces, I cut one long piece 17″x33″ and folded it in half in lieu of sewing the front seam.
- Before pinning the side seams, place the ties at the edges where you want them for your seat. I measured up from the edge of my seat to get my location for the ties. Pin them in place on the right side of your fabric.
- Now, pin the side seams, incorporating the ties, and sew with a 1/2″ seam allowance. You should now have 3 sides closed. On the 4th side (which will be the back), sew in from each edge about 1/3 of the way, leaving an opening big enough to stuff your foam.
- As a finishing touch, round the corners by measuring 1″ in from each stitched corner and freehand drawing a rounded corner. Stitch all 4 corners, following your drawn lines. Trim the corner excess fabric, leaving about 1/2″ seam. (Note: you do not need to round the corners of your foam, only the fabric covers.)
- Turn your cover right side out and stuff the foam inside. Pin the opening and hand stitch closed.