How to Make Dining Chair Pads

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The dining room is a natural place to gather and is often the setting for get-togethers with family and friends. When a group of people is sitting for a long time, however, a hard dining room chair can become uncomfortable. Making cushions for your dining room chairs is a quick and simple project that adds comfort to your seating area and can also update and refresh your dining room's décor.

Things You'll Need

  • Measuring tape
  • Fabric
  • Iron
  • Scissors
  • Coordinating grosgrain ribbon
  • Pins
  • Coordinating thread
  • Sewing machine
  • Cotton-polyester blend fiberfill stuffing
  • Measure the length and width of the seat of your dining room chair. Add 1 inch to each of the measurements and write them down.

  • Wash and dry your fabric according to the manufacturer's instructions. Iron the fabric to prepare it for cutting and remove any wrinkles.

  • Fold your fabric in half, right sides together. Cut out two rectangles from the fabric, using the measurements you wrote down.

  • Cut four 6-inch lengths of grosgrain ribbon. Cut one end of each piece of ribbon at a 45-degree angle.

  • Place one rectangle right side up. Place two pieces of the ribbon one inch in from the upper corners on each top edge. Line up the straight edges of the ribbon with the top edge of the fabric and pin the ribbon in place. These ribbons will tie the cushion to your chair.

  • Place the remaining rectangle right-side-down on top of the rectangle with the ribbons. Line up all the edges and corners and pin around all four sides. Leave a turning opening of about five inches unpinned on the top edge of the cushion between the two ribbon ties.

  • Sew around the pinned edges with a straight stitch and a 3/8-inch seam allowance. Start sewing on one side of the turning opening and end at the opposite side of the turning opening. Start and end your seam with a backstitch of three to four stitches.

  • Turn your dining cushion right-side-out through the turning opening. Push out the corners with your fingers or the eraser end of a pencil. Pull the ribbon ties away from the body of the cushion.

  • Turn the raw edges of the turning opening in toward the wrong side of the fabric so that the folded edges are even with the sewn edges of the cushion. Iron your folds into place.

  • Iron the cushion on both sides to remove wrinkles.

  • Place the stuffing, which is optimally a cotton-polyester fiberfill blend, in the cushion through the turning opening. Use a handful of stuffing at a time and fill it until the entire cushion has a layer of about 3 inches of stuffing. Adjust the stuffing so it lies smoothly in the cushion without any lumps.

  • Pin the turning opening closed. Sew the opening closed with a straight stitch and a 1/8-inch seam allowance. Tie your cushion onto your dining chair.

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