I decided to make a cushion for my chair. It’s taken me a good long time to get around to this project. Our school furnished our apartments with school desks and the chairs aren’t exactly ergonomic. To make my chair a bit cozier and more aesthetically appealing, I decided to make it a cushion. I modeled it after the cushions that my grandma had on her dining room chairs, except without the piping and with thicker ties so it would be easier to turn inside-out. I always loved the bows on her chairs.
To find the right size and shape for the fabric, I held it on top of the seat of the chair and used a pencil on the wrong-side of the fabric. I moved it over about an inch extra between the top/bottom and the 2 sides to allow for seam allowance. Then I cut the fabric to size. I also cut four rectangular strips to be the ties. I folded each of the strips in half the long way and stitched along the long open side and one short side. Then I turned the strips inside out. For each tie, we need two strips. Then I pinned the fabric for the chair cushion with the right sides inside and the long end of the bow-strips inside too. This way, when I sewed up the edge of the cushion and turn it right-side out, the ties will be sticking out ready to make a pretty bow. I sewed around the outside of the cushion twice to make it strong (but be sure to leave an opening for turning it right-side out and for adding stuffing). Then I turned it right side out. The pillows we got for our beds are MASSIVE so I sometimes take just a bit out of the side of one or two. I stuffed my cushion. I don’t want it tooo big- just enough to make the chair comfortable. Then I hand stitched the hole closed and popped it onto the chair. It turned out to be a pretty quick and easy project and my desk chair looks much nicer.