How to Make a Chair Pad with Ties

What You'll Need
Sewing machine
Tape measure
Black or grey thread
1 inch thick memory foam or suitable substitute
1/2 inch thick plywood (depending on the style of chair you are making the pad for)
12 ties
Upholstery Staple gun
Fabric tape (for styles of pad which dont require the use of plywood)

For those of you who are a dab hand with a sewing machine, you might be interested in making your own chair pad. If you are stuck for ideas you could always use some old ties which could well be hanging about in your closet. If not, you can go to charity shops and pick a handful up for a few cents each. Each chair is different and the chair pad you wish to make may be for a comfy chair or a desk chair or a wooden back chair. It’s entirely up to you. For this exercise, we will use the measurements of an average sized chair seat for a desk chair.

Step 1 - Planning

Cut the ties to equal lengths of 22 inches. Lay the ties out top to toe to and upside down (the front part of the ties are face down) so that you have one fat end against one thin end until all the ties have been laid out. Pin the ties together and one by one sew them on the sewing machine until all the ties make one square piece.

Cut the memory foam to measure the size of chair seat you are covering. Some chairs seats are slightly tapered, with the front edge being wider than the back edge. Cut the plywood to the exact same dimensions as the memory foam. These, together, will be the base of your chair pad.

Step 2 - Assembling

Lay the ties out again with the fronts facing down. Lay the memory foam on top of the laid out ties (which are now sewn together neatly, making a square). Lay the plywood on top of the memory foam and line them up perfectly. (Omit this stage if you are padding a chair that already has a wooden seat).

Step 3 - Completing

Pull one side of the square of ties over the top of the foam and plywood, and using the upholstery staple gun, staple the edge down approximately 1 inch in from the edge. Holding the opposite pull that over, tugging it tight and staple that side down too. You should now have two sides attached and the top and bottom not.

Pull the top of the tie square down to meet the attached sides and staple that down too. Pulling on the bottom, tighten it enough so that you don’t end up with stretched fabric and staple it, completing all four edges.

Now that all four parts are stapled to an inch from the edge, you need to trim off the excess fabric. Leave about ½ inch and tuck it underneath and staple again to secure the fabric and solidify the joins. If you have chosen the method that does not require plywood, use the fabric tape to stick the tie square to the foam.