UPHOLSTERED ROCKING CHAIR CUSHION
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MATERIALS FOR UPHOLSTERED ROCKING CHAIR CUSHION:
- Fabric- 3 yards
- I used this fabric from Spoonflower- Linen Cotton Canvas Ultra but I’ve also used these Merete curtains with good success (they are a nice weight)
- Black Grosgrain Ribbon– 1.5″ and Black Grosgrain Ribbon
- 2″ foam
- spray paint
- I used 3 cans of Black Grosgrain Ribbon
- Chef”s Knife
- Sewing Maching
- Upholstery Shears
- Yard stick
- Extra-large paper for making the template for the rocking chair cushion
- Permanent Marker
DIRECTIONS TO MAKE UPHOLSTERED ROCKING CHAIR CUSHION:
1.) First lay out the fabric. You want to decide the dimensions of the cushion you want to make. We used a sheet of extra-large paper to cut out the outline of a cushion and prototype it.
3.) Cover each of the foam inserts for the cushions in batting and sew close. Make the batting template about an inch or two wider than the foam insert so it encases the entire cushion (which is 2″ thick.)
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS: UPHOLSTERED ROCKING CHAIR CUSHION
- What type of fabric do you need to use to make an upholstered cushion for a rocking chair?
- You need to use an upholstery-weight fabric. We made the mistake the first time of using too light of material for the upholstery. What ended up happening was that the fabric isn’t strong enough to be pulled as taut as you need it to be, and it ended up splitting. Invest in upholstery-weight or drapery-weight material and you will be much happier with the results.
- Where do you get the fabric to recover the rocking chair cushion?
- You can get it from an online fabric store like Fabric.com or Spoonflower (where we purchased our’s). You can also use Ikea curtains like I did if they are heavy enough (use the Merete ones for best results!)
- How much money do you actually save?
- All said and done, this cost $150. Now, that is less than a glider or a off-the-rack upholstered rocking chair so I was happy. To get a custom cover for a rocking chair made professionally you are talking $200-300 (believe me, I looked into it!)
- What’s more comfortable–your rocking chair or your glider?
- My glider is much more comfortable hands down. I have since made a rocking chair stool and will show it once I spraypaint it too!
- The rocking chair you show is brown, then green and then it’s black? What gives?
- The rocking chair was originally brown wood, then I spraypainted it mint green. After living with it for two years, I decided I wanted to spraypaint it black.
- Did you spraypaint the chair or paint it?
- I spraypainted the rocking chair and would recommend doing the same. It gives a harder finish than painting it by hand would. Additionally, it is less time-consuming to spraypaint all the rungs. Go here to see my advice on how to paint furniture.
- Didn’t you use a permanent marker at one point to draw these spots?
- Yes! After we used the wrong weight fabric the first time, I drew spots on the Ikea curtains to make them look like the infamous Brunschwig & Fils “Les Touches” fabric that retails for $150/ yard. Well, permanent markers aren’t waterproof so I wouldn’t recommend that if you want to wash the cushion cover at any point! You are better off buying a pre-printed fabric from Spoonflower like I did–make sure to wash and iron it beforehand (as they say on the fabric directions!)
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