it may not be cheaper to make your own cushions. . .

I made a bench cushion for my 81″ long bench in my kitchen.  Cushions always seem to be expensive, so I made my own.  The foam alone was well over $100 and that was with a 40% coupon.  The foam is a petroleum based product which accounts for some of the cost, but foam is just expensive.  Then I purchased 3 yards of sunbrella fabric so that it would be easier to clean.  I spent about $200 on just the materials, and I still had to make it!

I used an envelope method (where it overlaps in the back)  that my sewing teacher taught me in Oak Park.  It is easier and quicker than a zipper pillow. My first cushion I made was for my outdoor bench:


I made the cover too big and had to buy another piece of foam to put in it so that it would fit.  Fortunately, I had purchased 2″ foam, so that the final product was a nice comfy 4″ cushion.  for my Kitchen bench I purchased 4″ foam to start with, so I had to measure very carefully to make sure it was the correct width and length.  I did have to rip out one seam, but overall it went much smoother this time around.

My bench seat is 19″ deep, and the fabric had enough width to it that I could simply finish both ends, and there would be enough to wrap around the width of my cushion and leave a nice overlap in the back.  I then added 4″ to the 19″ to account for the height of the foam and folded the fabric so that it would have the appropriate width after it overlaped.  I then sewed up one end and boxed the corners. This is a good link from Craft Apple on how to box corners.  It is the final end that you sew that is so tricky.  I had to double check my cushion length and again add the 4″ to account for the height of the foam.   I sewed the seam and boxed the corners again, and viola, a very expensive homemade cushion!

This is the underside so you can see the seams, boxed corners and how the envelope opens in the back.

Just some random cuteness.  I found my children sitting together on the same chair (not using the 6 foot long cushion I just made!)

also, anyone remember Shirt Tales?



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  5. rebekah
    Oct 27, 2011 @ 01:21:30

    Beautiful, Leah!

    And I had a ShirtTales sleeping bag 🙂


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  7. jessi
    Oct 13, 2011 @ 08:00:53

    I agree with Becca, it looks fantastic and your focus paid off 🙂 About 3 years ago I thought making my own purse would be cheaper, $100 later it was *by far* the most expensive purse I have ever had. 🙂


  8. Becca (Harstine) Braham
    Oct 12, 2011 @ 21:52:54

    Your cushion turned out great!! And only ripping out one seam is pretty darn impressive on a project with such exact measurements. I’ve never tried an envelope opening before. I don’t know that I’ve ever seen it before! I need to look around my house for an excuse… I mean project… that I could try it on. Your box corners look really good!


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