How to Make a Cushion for a Wooden Kitchen Chair

What You'll Need
Sewing Machine
Utility Knife

If you find your wooden kitchen chair hard to sit on for a long period of time, you should think about getting a cushion for it. While you could buy one, making your own cushion is easy, cheap, and lets you choose a unique look to match your other decorations that you could not find in a store. Even if you are new to sewing, this project is within your capabilities, as it is great for a beginner. With a few common supplies, you can easily have a cushion completed in almost no time at all.

Step 1 - Cutting the Foam

You may find your piece of foam to be an acceptable size, particularly if you have bought it specifically for this project and purchased the exact shape and size that you need. However, if you are reusing foam from a different source—which is a perfectly good strategy—you will probably need to cut it down to size.

First, decide what size and shape you would like your cushion to be. Using your chair as a model is a good idea for this step, especially if you find yourself drawing a blank. Measure and mark your foam, then use your utility knife to cut it down to size.

Step 2 - Cutting the Cloth

For this step, you will need two pieces of the cloth of your choice that are both significantly bigger than your piece of foam. If you have one piece, cut two pieces out of it that are big enough to cover the top and bottom completely with plenty of room to spare. If you are using smaller scraps, you may already have this step completed—and, in fact, you may want to check to see if they are big enough.

Step 3 - Assembling the Cushion

Place your first piece of cloth down on a flat work surface. Put your foam on top of the cloth. Finish up by putting down your second piece of cloth. Keep in mind that what you have just built is a model of your cushion, but inside out. Because of this, if your cloth has a more attractive side, it should be oriented inwards.

Step 4 - Sewing the Cushion

Use your sewing machine to sew the two pieces of cloth together, while leaving a small amount of room for the foam to move around. Only sew three of the four sides shut. Alternatively, if your foam is round, simply leave enough space disconnected that you can remove the foam after you are done.

Step 5 - Finishing Up

Remove the foam from the cover you have made, and turn the cover inside out. Put your foam back inside, turn the opening in on itself, and sew it shut.

At this point, you have a minimal, functional cushion. However, as this project is quite simple, it is easy to modify and add your own personal touches. If you have leftover cloth, for example, it is easy to make some straps to attach this cushion to your chair using your sewing machine. Be creative!