If you have a chair or dining chair with outdated upholstery fabric, here is How to Recover a Chair Seat Cushion easily with no sewing required.
How to Recover a Chair Seat Cushion
Outdated chair cushion fabric can be easily update with these simple steps.
Most chairs of this type have a wooden chair bottom that is screwed from underneath and they are easily removed with a screw driver.
You can remove all the fabric from the seat if desired. Because I wanted to increase the softness of the cushion, I choose to leave the original fabric and batting in place.
Next measure your seat bottom and allow approx. 3 inches additional for all edges. This seat bottom is 20 inches at the widest point so I cut the fabric 26 inches wide. Do the same for the depth of the seat bottom.
In addition, be sure to allow for any pattern. Since the fabric has a stripe, I made sure the stripe would be in the center of the cushion once attached.
I choose to add an additional layer of batting. If you are happy with the softness, you may skip this step.
Begin by wrapping the batting material around the top of the seat bottom and pull tightly as you staple. In addition, cut of any excess material at the corners.
Next, do the same with the desired fabric. Be sure to align the fabric correctly if there is a pattern to consider. Once again, pull the fabric tightly around the edges to assure that the fabric is smooth once turned over and attached to the chair. Also, be sure to tuck the fabric at the corners as you see in this photo.
You can see how to make faux feed sack material from a drop cloth here.
The last step is to cover the raw edges of fabric and batting with another fabric. I choose to use drop cloth fabric because I have plenty of scraps on hand and it's cheaper than the fabric I used for the top of the seat cushion. You can see here a table runner project using drop cloths.
Turn raw edges of the drop cloth fabric under and be sure that all raw edges of the fabric and batting are now covered. Using the staple gun, securely attach the drop cloth fabric around all edges.
Using a screw driver, re-attach the cushion and your chair is updated.
The chair looks perfect with my farmhouse style desk.