How to Sew Bench Swing Cushions

What You'll Need
Measuring tape
Sewing machine
Brown paper
3-inch thick foam padding
Fabric pins

A bench swing can be a pleasant place where you can relax and spend an afternoon, but without bench swing cushions, this outdoor seating can quickly become very uncomfortable. Without cushions, you will be sitting on a hard surface, and your back will also be resting on a hard surface. Bench swing cushions can cost a lot of money, and there are no guarantees that you will find any that suit your tastes. Instead, you can follow the simple steps below to create swing cushions rather easily with very few materials.

Step 1 - Pattern

To sew bench swing cushions that will fit your bench swing, you'll need to take some precise measurements. To get these measurements correct, you will need to make a pattern. Measure the length of the bench swing as well as the width. To each measurement, add an extra 2 inches along the sides for a seam and an extra 3 inches to account for the thickness of the cushion. Transfer these measurements to the brown paper, and then cut it out.

Step 2 - Cut the Fabric

Purchase fabric that is twice the size of the measurements. Fold the fabric in half, place the pattern on top and pin it in place. Cut the fabric to the size of the pattern. Unfold the fabric, and fold each side in by 2 inches. Pin in place and sew together to make a seam.

Step 3 - Finish the Bench Swing Cushions

Place the foam padding on top of the fabric, and line it up with the crease and center it on the fabric. Trim the foam padding as needed in order to make it fit within the perimeter of the fabric comfortably. Pull one side of the fabric over the foam padding and smooth it out. Make sure the fabric is pulled tight before you sew any of the seam.

Fold one of the sides in first from the back toward the front, and then fold the top of the side down and the bottom side up and pin in place. Repeat with the remaining side. Remove the foam cushion and sew the sides together and then remove the pins. You can use a sewing machine though sewing it by hand may be easier. Once both sides are sewn you can then place the foam padding back inside the fabric.

Close the front flap as you did with the sides, and insert pins to keep the side closed. Use needle and thread to sew the opening closed. This bench swing cushion is now complete and you simply have to place it on the bench swing with the unstitched long side facing front. If you wish to create a back cushion for your bench swing then you can do so by doubling the materials listed above and following all of the steps.