After we built and painted our bench, it was time to decide how to outfit it. We had the original cushions from the dinette, but the fabric was a dingy and outdated… it definitely had to go. Neither of us have much experience with sewing, nor do we own a sewing machine, but we didn’t want to pay to have the old foam reupholstered professionally. So, our search began for an easy, inexpensive way to create custom cushions. Below, is a picture of the final result, and a step-by-step tutorial on how you can make them, too!
First, we opened up the old cushions, and took the foam out. We had to cut the cushions to fit our new bench. A serrated bread knife did the job surprisingly well!
“cuts like butter!”
Then, we laid out the fabric, and cut it to size. Make sure to have a little extra fabric on all 4 sides.
Now wrap the piece of foam just like you are wrapping a present.
Make sure to pull it tight!
Then, using the safety pins, pin the fabric to itself. Pro tip: go through the fabric twice, lIke shown. Doing it this way keeps everything tighter.
Looks pretty good, EH?
A view of the finished cushions on the bench!
And here is our bench folded out into “Guest Mode”!