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How to Make Box Chair Cushions

A material list and step by step guide for the perfect seat cushions

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  • Time

    1 hour

  • Price Range

    $50 - $100

  • Difficulty

    Easy to Moderate


Step 1: Measure the Cushions and Cut the Fabric

For each cushion, measure length and width of cushion and add 1 inch to each measurement; cut 2 pieces of fabric to these measurements for the top and bottom of each cushion. Measure circumference and height of cushion and add 1 inch to each measurement; cut one piece of contrasting fabric to these measurements for the cushion gusset.

Step 2: Stitch the Gusset Strip

With right sides facing and raw edges even, stitch short ends of gusset strip together with 1/2-inch seam. Press seam open. Fold strip in quarters crosswise; pin-mark each fold on both long edges of strip. Unfold strip.

Step 3: Sew the Top Section to the Gusset Strip

With right sides facing and raw edges even, pin the cushion top section to the gusset strip, matching pin marks to corners of top. Sew around edges with 1/2-inch seam, clipping a scant 1/2 inch into gusset fabric at each corner to pivot stitching line.

Step 4: Attach the Zipper

For zipper, pin just the back edge of cushion bottom section to other edge of gusset. Mark zipper placement in center of pinned area; sew from corner to corner with 1/2-inch seam, using basting stitches in zipper area. Press seam open. Center and pin front of zipper over pressed open seam between marks. Baste 1/4 inch from seam on each side. With right side up, sew over basting lines to attach zipper. Remove hand and machine basting; open zipper several inches.

Step 5: Sew the Ties

Align the folded edges of the two ties with the raw edge of one side of the bottom adjacent to the zipper side, positioning them about an inch in from the corners. Pin and sew remaining three sides of cushion bottom to gusset strip, sandwiching ties in between fabric layers. Trim corners; turn right side out. Press.

Step 6: Insert the Cushion

Insert cushion through zipper opening. Zip to close; tie cushions to chair back.

Produced By Donna Talley
From Decorating with Style Magazine
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