How to Attach Rocking Chair Cushions

What You'll Need
Fabric, ribbon or shoe strings
Sewing needle

One annoying problem with rocking chair cushions is that they never seem to stay in place. The cushions seems to slide around on the seat, and wind up on the floor or the ground, and that means that they are difficult to keep clean and usable. The good news is that in the space of a few minutes you can add ties to your cushions that will hold them in place. Follow these simple steps, and never worry about the rocking chair cushions slipping out of place again.

Step 1: Fabric and Cushions

Before you begin, you are going to need a bit of fabric. If you'd like, use fabric ribbon material with hemmed or laced edges. The hem will prevent the ties from unraveling over time, so it is a good idea to have. If you want to take the fast easy way, shoe strings can be used, and simply cut into pieces. Lay out the rocking chair cushions, just as you want them to be when the ties are in place. Try to use a color that matches the cushions, or the ties will seem somewhat out of place, drawing unnecessary attention to such a small detail.

Step 2: Prepare Ties

Each tie should be about 6 to 8 inches long. If using a shoestring, cut off the plastic end cap so that both ends of the first tie will match. If the ties will be going around wide slats, or wrapping a major bench or back support, the ties may need to be longer. The general idea is that the tie will wrap around a slat or other piece of wood and tie, bow-style, around it. If you need ties longer than 8 inches, cut the size as it is needed.

Step 3: Sew on the Ties

Using a marker, make a dot on the cushion in the center of where each tie will be placed. With a needle and sewing thread, sew the tie in place. Use a generous double stitch, and attach a section of tie approximately to ¼ to ½ inches wide to the cushion. If you are using a sewing machine and have the experience, feel free to make these stitches as fancy as you want. Be cautioned, though, that they will not receive much visibility, so putting a lot of extra effort into sewing the ties on probably isn't worth the trouble.

Step 4: Install the Cushions

Put the cushions back into place. Each tie should be placed to easily wrap around a slat or other piece of material. Tie them all in bow ties. Note that you can control how tightly the cushions are held by how much slack is left between the cushion and the place where the tie is attached. If you do not want the cushion to move at all, pull the ties tight, and if you would like for the cushion to have a little slide, loosen the ties.