How to Make a Swing Box Cushion


Ah, a porch swing. Isn’t it so relaxing to sit and rock on a porch swing? Our porch that we decorated for the DIY Porch Makeover already had a great wicker swing installed but the cushion on it was drab and had seen better days. For our third project in our porch makeover series, we’re going to recover the cushion on the swing and show you how to make a classic box cushion.

Box cushions are a great sewing skill to learn because they are so versatile. You can use a box cushion for a swing like this, a chair, a bench, or even as a stadium cushion. Once you know the principles for making a box cushion you can adapt those skills to make a project of any size!

For our project we re-covered an old cushion so we chose to re-use the existing foam. If you’re starting from scratch and you need foam, we recommend using Polyfil Nu-Foam or polyurethane foam wrapped in foam.

We chose a striped P/Kaufmann Outdoor fabric for our swing cushion. Stripes are great for a box cushion because they provide a built-in guideline for how to line up the panels when sewing. If you’re using a solid or irregular pattern fabric, don’t worry; instructions are given in the video on making match-up marks to keep your plates evenly aligned when sewing.

To see the full video and materials list, visit and search #200606XHT.

All of the materials needed to make your own box cushion are available at

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What did you think of this project? Any other porch swing fans out there? Share your thoughts and ideas with us in the comments!

  1. sgbarnard said:

    You should never have a seam on the front of a cushion. If you have to have seams on the boxing they should be on the sides. So the process is to make one piece for the front cushion boxing with two pieces added to come around the sides of the cushion. Then add the zipper. Sorry to nit pick but sewing for close to 50 years in the upholstery trade.

  2. sgbarnard said:

    Also laying out the pattern for a cushion should be done with making a pattern from the chair or love seat deck. Not from the foam. Take the pattern and lay on the fabric to make the top and bottom panels.

  3. Hello there! This post could not be written much better! Going through this post reminds me of my previous roommate! He constantly kept preaching about this. I will forward this article to him. Fairly certain he’s going to have a very good read. Thanks for sharing!

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