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:
- Measure the bench.
- Measure the foam and cut it to the size of the bench (the final cushion will be slightly smaller than the bench).
- Pattern top and bottom fabric plates to the foam size plus the thickness.
- Curve the corners of the fabric plates.
- 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.
- Sew the plates and piping together.
- Turn the fabric right side out.
- Wrap the foam in silk film.
- Shrink the foam and insert it into the cover.
- Finish basting and sewing the final edge of the cover.
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