How to Make Indoor Bench Cushions

What You'll Need
Tape measure
Proper amount of fabric according to measurements of bench
Straight pins
A sewing machine
Sewing machine thread
Button thread
Polyester fiberfill for stuffing
Sewing needle

Anyone with a smidgen of sewing talent that has a free afternoon can make indoor bench cushions. Bench cushions do not need any special fabric, although it should be a sturdy fabric, no special needles of machine attachments. The fabric should match your room décor and be washable.

Step 1 - Getting Correct Measurements

Use a measuring tape and get the length and width of the indoor bench for which you are making the cushion. You will need a seam allowance and room for stuffing when you sew the pieces of the cushion together. In order to do those add 2 inches to the length and 2 inches to the width of the measurements you just took.

Step 2 - Cutting and Piecing the Fabric

Fold the fabric with the right sides together and pin the pieces together leaving a 4 inch opening at one end. Now cut the pieces to the measurements you just took. The 4 inch opening is where you will eventually stuff the cushion.

Step 3 - Sewing

Set your machine for a straight stitch and with a 1 inch seam allowance all around the cushion’s edge, sew the pieces together keeping the 4 inch opening unsewn.

Step 4 - Preparing to Stuff the Cushion

Finger press the edges into place by reaching into the sewn cushion through the 4 inch opening and turn the cushion right side out.

Step 5 - Stuffing the Cushion

Fill the cushion full (without stretching the seams) with the polyester fiberfill. You can use alternative material like soft cloth or hard cotton as well for stuffing.

Step 6 - Securing the Stuffing

Fold the edges of the four inch opening against the wrong side of the fabric and pin it down. You can sew the opening down with a straight stitch along the opening or you can hand sew the opening using a blind stitch. Remove all of the pins.

Step 7 - Finishing Touches

You can add tufts to your cushion by beginning at one corner at about 3 inches from the longer side of the cushion and working toward the center and 3 inches from the shorter side as well. Pin each row as you do this and the amount of rows you have will depend on the measurements of the cushion. You may opt for 2 rows of tufts regardless of the size of the cushion. Tufts are used to keep the stuffing in place.

Step 8 - Attaching Buttons to Secure Tufts

When you have sewn all of your tufts you may want added security as well as an aesthetic quality to you cushion by adding shank buttons over every tuft. If you want the buttons to match the fabric you may buy a kit with which to make covered buttons. You can also cover the shank buttons with a contracting fabric. The finished product should be a beautiful indoor bench cushion.