The cushions for our kitchen island chairs have seen better days. We have been wanting to change them, but it’s been one of those things that goes on the “to do at some point in the future” lists. We didn’t really give it much thought until we found this great fabric in the remnant pile of our favorite fabric store. It has everything we wanted for the kitchen: lots of color and bright prints! They came out great, and it gave the kitchen a new look.
Here’s what we used to make the cushions:
- 3-inch foam
- 2-yards of fabric
This is what we needed to put it together:
- Sewing machine
- Yard stick
- Wire hanger (You know you have them!)
Let’s make us some cushions!
- Measure and cut the foam to size. We were limited by the amount of foam that we had left over, so we cut the foam to 12-inches x 14-inches.
- Decide which part of the pattern that you want to be the center of the cushion.
- From the center, measure 6 1/2-inches on either side and 7 1/2-inches on top and bottom. We’ll have a 1/4-inch seam all the way around.
- At the end of the fabric that will be the front, cut out a 1 3/4-inch x 1 3/4-inch square out of the corners. Doing this will allow us to create a box corner.
- At the other end of the fabric (that will be the back) measure in 2-inches from each side and from the bottom.
- Round the corners of the fabric beginning at the first 2-inch mark and ending at the second 2-inch on each corner. Use this first piece as a template to cut out the other three.
Tie me up!
- To make the ties for the cushions, cut four strips of fabric 2-inches wide and 28-inches long. Fold the width in half, and sew the length of the fabric.
- Straighten the hanger, and feed it through the middle of the fabric.
- Hook the hanger to the end of the fabric, and pull the fabric inside out.
- Iron the tube flat using the seam as one side.
- At the end, fold 1/4-inch of the fabric back into the tube, and sew the end of the tie back closed.
- Repeat on the other end, and repeat the entire process for the other three pieces of fabric.
I’m on pins and needles!
- Going back to the cushion pieces, place one piece face up on the table, place a second piece face down on top of it, and pin them together.
- Folding a tie back in half, stick the loose ends through the corner leaving 1/2-inch of the fold outside of the cushions. Be sure to pin it in place. Repeat on the other corner.
- At the front end of the cushion, sew the ends together between the square cut-outs. Leave the cut-outs alone for now. We’ll get to those in a few minute.
- Sew the sides together down past the curve of the bottom. Go over the tie backs a few times to secure them, and leave back of the cushion open.
- On the square corners, line up the seams, and sew the corner closed. Turn the fabric inside out (or outside in), and repeat on the other cushion.
We decided to do something fun and fruity for this cocktail break. It’s a simple project, so we thought we’d do a simply delicious sangria…Watermelon Sangria!
Sew sew nice!
- Stuff the foam inside the cushion cover through the open end.
- Fold 1/4-inch of the ends of the fabric into the cushion, and pin it in place.
- Sew the end closed.
These cushions have really added a lot of color to our kitchen, and they’re nice and cushy!