6 Steps to Making Rocking Chair Cushions

rocking chair with cushions
  • 1-4 hours
  • Intermediate
  • 0-100
What You'll Need
Measuring tape
Cushion padding
Upholstery material
Sewing needle and threa
String or tape
Two thin boards or yardsticks

Rocking chair cushions are not as difficult to make as many people believe. The materials are available in the craft center of your local department store, and putting them together is a simple process requiring a single afternoon. Follow these six steps to make easy rocking chair cushions, and feel free to expand on the basic design to create cushions of different styles and shapes.

Step 1 - Design the Layout

Draw out a design for your rocking chair cushions. For the first pillows you make, it might be better to start simple and make rectangular or square ones. After you have had some practice, you can try out different shapes, such as circles or stars, but it is best to understand the procedures before trying to tackle more complicated patterns.

Step 2 - Calculate the Material

rocking chairs on a long covered porch

To make cushions for a rocking chair, measure the width and depth of the seat. If it is a curved seat, measure the largest square or rectangle that will fit on the seat while being compressed. Add one inch to both the length and width. Your cushion padding should be the length and width you have measured, and be one to 1 1/4-inches thick. For the baby, select a soft foam that is easily compressed.

Step 3 - Cut the Material

You can use any type of upholstery material you feel comfortable sewing with. A leather chair cushion is no more difficult to make than a simple cotton cushion. Make sure your lines are straight and both pieces of material are the same size. If you want, fold the fabric in half and cut both pieces of material at the same time.

Step 4 - Sew the Cushion Casings

Start at any corner and sew a double stitch seam along that entire edge. With that done, sew the two sides that connect to the seam you just created, forming a sort of pocket that is sewn together on three sides and has an open top.

Step 5 - Stuff the Cushions

cotton batting

Compress the cushion pad, and position it inside the pocket you just sewed together. Make sure the corners are not folded under, and the material is spread out evenly inside the case. If everything has been done correctly, the open top of the cover will almost touch when folded over the top edge of the cushion padding.

Step 6 - Sew the Final Seam

Sew the final seam as you did the other three. To make the task easier, clamp two thin boards or yardsticks together over the edge of the pillow padding, tied with string or tape. This will compress the edge so the two edges fit together easily and can be sewn without undue effort.

Step 7 - Finishing Touches

You can embellish the cushion by adding trim, such as tassels. You can also vary the thickness to the padding; just remember to add the padding thickness to the length and width of the fabric size before cutting it. Once you have your cushions, you can always make multiple cushion covers in different designs.