DIY: 30-Minute Seat Cushions

DIY: 30-Minute Seat Cushions

I will never understand why seat cushions and throw pillows are so expensive. In most cases, they're just two pieces of fabric sewn together and stuffed with some batting. Second to simple curtains, they're the easiest sewing project there is. And that's why I know how to make them!

You'll Need

  • Enough fabric to cut two squares slightly larger than the size you want the cushion to be
  • Batting; this can be store-bought stuffing, or you can use some of these ideas for upcycling stuffing
  • A sewing machine or a needle and thread and pins

 

Now Do This

  • Cut your fabric to size. I usually measure the area I want the cushion to cover, like the seat of a dining room chair, for example, then cut one piece of fabric to that size, lay the cut square on top of the rest of the fabric and cut the second square. Do whatever works for you, as long as you get two squares of fabric that are the same size and about half an inch longer on all sides than the area you want the cushion to cover.
  • Now, put the squares on top of each other, with the finished sides facing in (you are sewing the cushion inside out, so the sides of the fabric you want to be seen should be on the inside while you're sewing) and pin the fabric together on all four sides. 
  • Sew the four sides. Leave about a half inch border on all sides. You can either do this with a sewing machine or by hand with a very simple running stitch. The important part is to leave about a hand-width opening on one side that you'll use to stuff the pillow. 
  • Once your sides are stitched and you have your opening, use that opening to turn the pillow right side out, then stuff it with your batting. 
  • The last step is the trickiest. With the sides pillow almost complete, you'll now want to sew the stuffing hole shut. You can use the same method you used to stitch the sides, only this time it'll be visible, so make it nice and neat and close to the edge (so you want hardly any "border" at all). Simply turn the unfinished ends into each other, inside the pillow and sew away. 
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And you have it! Using this method, you can make throw pillows, dining room cushions, pet beds, you name it ... as long as it's square and stuffed with cotton. Tell us how you made out in the comments! 

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