On Wednesday we shared how to reupholster a reclining chair. Today we’re back to show you how we sewed up the seat cushion for the chair. The new cushion cover is a pretty straightforward sewing process; let’s take a closer look!
The cushion of this chair mostly assembles like any other box cushion, but the zipper plaque is a little different. For this cushion we wrapped the zipper around the sides of the cushion and then covered the ends with fabric. Since both the sides and the back of the cushion will be hidden on the chair, this is a good way to give the zipper a little extra protection.
We used the old cushion cover to pattern the fabric for the new one. This is an easy way to make sure your new cushion cover will be the right size for the foam and the chair. Additionally, we reused the original foam because it was still in really good condition. You can fluff up older foam with a polyester batting or, if it’s beyond a facelift, you can replace the foam completely. Be sure to use high-density foam that’s appropriate for upholstery.
In this video you’ll learn how to pattern the cushion fabric, create the zipper plaque and assemble the seat cushion for an upholstered chair.
- Upholstery Fabric (we used P/Kaufmann Paisley Park Lagoon)
- 3/8” Seamstick Basting Tape for Canvas
- Nylon Thread
- YKK® #5 Continuous Coil Zipper
- YKK® #5 Metal Locking Zipper Slider
You can find all the materials you need for this and other re-upholstery projects at Sailrite.com.