How to Make a Garden Bench Cushion

What You'll Need
Sewing Machine
Measuring Tape
Brown Paper
Sewing Thread
Fiber Stuffing/Foam
Waterproofing Spray

Making your own garden bench cushion is a great way to ensure that your wooden bench is comfortable. These cushions are easy to make and can be altered to create any size or shape. Another excellent option is to waterproof you cushion. This way you can leave it outside and not have to worry about rain, dew or any mildew occurring.

Step 1. Measurements

The first step is to measure the size of the bench, as you want your cushion to fit properly. The measurements you need include the depth from the front to the back of the garden bench and the width of the seating area of the bench. Write all of this information down,22 as this will form the base of your pattern.

Step 2. The Pattern

Take the measurements from step 1 and create a pattern on paper. Make sure you extend the length and width by 2 inches to account for seams. You also want to think about the placement for buttons and any other decorative items on the cushion. You can add trim, ruffles, cording or a fringe. If you are making a cushion that is more than 4 inches deep, you will need to create a band that goes between the front and the back piece of the cushion. The simplest cushions are about 2 inches deep and only have 2 pieces.

Step 3. The Material

Cushion material should be durable but also soft. However, it can’t be too tough otherwise your sewing machine will not be able to sew a seam on it. Some recommended fabric includes upholstery fabric, corduroys, velvets and even denim. You want to make sure you have plenty of fabric in order to match the pattern and for seam allowances. Once you have obtained the fabric, pin down the pattern and cut out the pieces.

Step 4. Sewing

Pin the pattern pieces together with the right sides facing each other. Place a pin every few inches on the edges. Place the fabric and sew a seam about ½-inch from the edge. As you sew you can remove the pins. Make sure you go slowly when sewing the seam, as this makes sewing a straight seam easier. On corners you can sew a rounded seam or simply turn the fabric in a 90 degree angle. If you turn the fabric, just be careful that it does not pucker. Do not sew all the way around, as you will need to stuff the cushion.

Step 5. Stuffing

You can use fiber stuffing or foam as cushion stuffing. Foam will need to be cut to size and can be more difficult to stuff into the cushion. Once the cushion is stuffed, you can sew together the open bit. Hand sew or use your sewing machine to close this up.

Step 6. Waterproofing

Waterproof spray or iron-on vinyl can be a great way to waterproof your cushions.  Spraying is the easiest and most effective although you need to make sure the applied coat is completely dry before spraying it again.