Seat pad

Simply Sewing - - LAID-BACK DINING -


Main fab­ric: see in­struc­tions for de­tails

Con­trast fab­ric: see in­struc­tions for de­tails

Pip­ing cord: see in­struc­tions for de­tails

Cot­ton tape: 160cm (64in) High-den­sity foam: see in­struc­tions for de­tails

Ba­sic sewing kit


The fab­rics used are from Han­tex Li­nens. Nat­u­ral Spots, Ash Grey. Ref: LT101-7; Ash Grey Spots, Nat­u­ral. Ref: LT126. For stock­ists visit www.han­tex.


We used high-den­sity foam for our seat pad with a 5cm (2in) depth.


Use a 1.5cm (!⁄"in) seam al­lowance.


To en­sure your cush­ion fits your own chair ex­actly, you’ll need to be­gin by mak­ing a pa­per pat­tern.

Step one Take some news­pa­per and lay it over your chair seat to make a pat­tern. Draw all the way around the edge of the chair in pen­cil and mark where the ties will go ei­ther side of the back up­rights of the chair.

Step two Add a 1.5cm (!⁄"in) seam al­lowance all the way around your chair pat­tern then cut it out along this line.


Step one Cut out the main fab­ric into the fol­low­ing pieces:

Top and bot­tom: Two pieces us­ing your pat­tern. Trans­fer the tie po­si­tions from the pat­tern to one piece which will be used for the cush­ion bot­tom.

Gus­set: For the length, mea­sure around your cush­ion pat­tern and add 1.5cm (!⁄"in) ei­ther end for a seam al­lowance. For the width, mea­sure the depth of your foam plus 1.5cm (!⁄"in) ei­ther side for a seam al­lowance.

Step two Cut the con­trast fab­ric into the fol­low­ing pieces:

Pip­ing strips: Cut 4cm (1!⁄"in) strips to fit twice around the edge of your cush­ion pat­tern, plus add around 15cm (6in) ex­tra for join­ing the seam al­lowances.

Step three You can have the foam cut to size if you give your sup­plier the pat­tern or you can cut it your­self. We bought a square piece on­line then drew around the pat­tern and cut it out us­ing a knife. Re­mem­ber you’ll need to use the pat­tern with­out the seam al­lowances so it fits the chair and cover ex­actly.


Step one Cut the cot­ton tape into four pieces for the ties, each mea­sur­ing 40cm (16in) long. Step two Place two lengths of tape on top of each other then pin them on one of the tie po­si­tion marks on the cush­ion bot­tom piece with right sides (RS) to­gether and match­ing raw edges. Tack into place.

Step three Pin then tack the other pair of ties on top of the other tie po­si­tion­ing mark in the same way.


Step one Take two of the pip­ing strips and place them right sides (RS) to­gether at right an­gles and stitch to­gether di­ag­o­nally. Trim the seam, open out and press.

Step two Join all the strips to­gether in the same way to make one long strip.

Step three Fold the joined pip­ing strip wrong sides (WS) to­gether around the pip­ing cord and stitch the raw edges just 1cm (!⁄"in) from the edge so that these stitches won’t show later on.

Step four Take the cush­ion top fab­ric and, start­ing in the centre of the back, tack the cov­ered pip­ing cord all the way around the edge. Make sure you line up the raw edges and clip the pip­ing strip at cor­ners or tight curves so it fits neatly. Trim the end so it over­laps the start by 5cm (2in).

Step five Trim and join the two short ends of the fab­ric to fit ex­actly to­gether. Splice the cord by re­mov­ing half the strands from each end then wind them to­gether for a neat join. Tack the joined pip­ing strip around the cord and to the cush­ion top fab­ric.

Step six Re­peat this whole process to at­tach cov­ered pip­ing all the way around the edge of the cush­ion bot­tom fab­ric.


Step one We have made an open­ing in the back of the seat pad to in­sert the foam. This is then slip stitched closed once the seat pad is com­plete and the foam in­serted as this is the sim­plest method. If you pre­fer, you can add a zip or press fas­ten­ers to hold the open­ing closed in­stead.

Step two Stitch the pip­ing in place just across where you want the back open­ing to be. Use a zip foot so you can get as close to the pip­ing as pos­si­ble for neat fin­ish. You will stitch over the ties at the same time to hold them in place be­neath the pip­ing.


Step one Start­ing in the centre of the back of the cush­ion bot­tom, pin the gus­set piece all the way around with RS to­gether to check it’s the cor­rect length, then join and trim (if nec­es­sary) the two short ends so that it fits around it ex­actly.

Step two With RS to­gether, stitch the gus­set to the cush­ion bot­tom back ei­ther side of the back open­ing where you have al­ready stitched the pip­ing in place. Again, use a zip foot and stitch as close to the pip­ing as pos­si­ble.

Step three Turn the un­stitched sec­tion of the gus­set for the back open­ing un­der by 1.5cm (#⁄"in) to the WS and tack it into place. Hav­ing this edge tacked down to hold it to­gether will help when you slip stitch it later on.


Step one Place the front of the seat pad cover RS to­gether with the other raw edge of the gus­set, mak­ing sure you place it so it matches up ex­actly with the cush­ion back shape.

Step two Sew the cush­ion front close to the edge of the pip­ing all the way around.

Step three Turn your cover RS out and press. Step four Put your foam in­side your cush­ion cover and slip stitch the open­ing closed. Re­move the tack­ing stitches to com­plete.

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