How to Sew a Bullnose Cushion


Bullnose cushions are often found on boats and patio furniture and are easily distinguished by their signature “waterfall” front. Many people prefer the aesthetics of a bullnose cushion to the traditional piping and boxing on the front. Today, in our 5th and final installment of the DIY Porch Makeover Series, we’re going to show you how to achieve this bullnose cushion look for your boat or outdoor space.

Last week you got a sneak peek of the bullnose cushions when we showed you how to make a lumbar pillow for the same chairs. When we bought these wicker chairs for the porch, they didn’t have cushions on them at all. We decided to make bullnose cushions from scratch to provide a more comfortable seat and to incorporate another great fabric into the space.

To make our bullnose cushions, we started by creating a pattern using Dura Skrim Patterning Material and tracing the outline of the chair’s seat. This pattern was then used to cut the foam to the proper size and shape. We patterned the P/Kaufmann Outdoor fabric from the newly cut foam. We also chose to add custom piping to the sides of our cushion, but this is optional.

In this video, you will learn how to pattern your foam, pattern your fabric, make your own piping, sew boxing, make and attach a zipper plaque, and insert the foam.


Materials List:

Find all of the materials needed to make your own bullnose cushions at


This concludes our DIY Porch Makeover series. What did you think of the series? Would you like to see more before and afters like this? Let us know your thoughts in the comments!

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