How to Make a Bench Cushion


Do you have an area in your home that needs a little softening? A cushion is a quick way to make a hard space into a comfy seat. Turn a window seat into a reading nook or a hard mudroom bench into a place to put your shoes on by adding a bench cushion. There are many different styles of bench cushions, and you can be as simple or as fancy as you want. Today we’re going to show how to make a simple bench cushion without boxing.

Skipping the boxing is a great idea for beginners because it makes the sewing a little easier. But just because this cushion is simple doesn’t mean you can’t make it your own. For example, if you want to give the sides a little definition you can add a decorative piping to the perimeter of the cushion. Or, you can add batting to your cushion if you’d like a puffier, fuller look. Just be sure to account for the extra thickness of the batting when patterning your fabric pieces.

Since our cushion is in a mudroom, which is a high traffic area in the home, we wanted a bright fabric that would also stand up to a lot of wear and tear. We chose Braemore Suzanna Garden, which has a rating of 37,000 double rubs and a fun floral pattern along with Sunbrella Decorative Piping in Vellum to trim the edge.


How to Make a Bench Cushion in 10 Steps:

  1. Measure the bench.
  2. Measure the foam and cut it to the size of the bench (the final cushion will be slightly smaller than the bench).
  3. Pattern top and bottom fabric plates to the foam size plus the thickness.
  4. Curve the corners of the fabric plates.
  5. Baste the decorative piping and the plates together with the “out” sides facing in. Leave one end of the cushion open for inserting the foam.
  6. Sew the plates and piping together.
  7. Turn the fabric right side out.
  8. Wrap the foam in silk film.
  9. Shrink the foam and insert it into the cover.
  10. Finish basting and sewing the final edge of the cover.

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Do you have a space in your home that could use a cushion? Tell us about it in the comments!


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