Easy DIY no sew bench cushion

May 14, 2019

Hey there! I've been plugging away at the updates in our laundry/mud room and I'm SO so happy with them! It's so lovely and I'm excited to get the first phase done and share it with you. 

First up, an oldie but goodie. It's been awhile since I've made a cushion for a bench, but it came right back to me. Years ago I shared how to make a no sew bench cushion here -- be sure to check that post out for ALL of the steps. 

I went fabric shopping the other day and forgot how much I enjoy it! I haven't needed to look for fabrics for some time -- I always get so inspired. I found a couple I absolutely LOVED at Joann's: 
Gray white and cream fabrics

The one on top was pricey but they were both half off and I had another 15 percent off of that. So not too bad! (And I didn't need much for my projects.)

Today I'm working with the lower fabric (the stripes look black in the photo above, but they are a lighter blue/gray). For this project you'll need a base of some kind to staple the fabric into. I found what I needed in my trusty scrap pile and cut it down to size:
DIY no sew cushion for mud room bench

Notice the slightly rounded corners -- I like to do that so the fabric isn't stretched across anything pointy. Over time it wears at the fabric. 

You'll want to check out this tutorial to see the next couple of steps in detail, but here's a big tip -- I use egg crate foam instead of thicker foam from the store. It's cheaper (especially in the fall during back to school sales) and does the job just as well. (Plus you'll have much more to work with!)

After securing the foam to the board, you'll want to wrap it with a light fabric like muslin to hold everything together well. If you want it extra cushy, you can use batting too. 

I use a regular staple gun to secure the fabric to the back as I go. If the staples don't go in all the way I just pound them in with a hammer:  
How to make a DIY bench cushion no sewing

Take your time when using a stripe -- you'll notice if it doesn't line up well! My biggest tip for this part of the process is not to pull the fabric too taut around the wood. If you do it will pucker up along the sides and you'll see where you added each staple. 

I usually leave the corners for the end and make them as clean as possible: 
Wrapping corners on bench cushion

This is the hardest part of the whole project. 

The underside will look horrible -- but who cares?:
How to DIY no sew cushion

Not me! ;)

I'm so pleased with it -- the fabric is PERFECT in here with the new wall color (see all my plans for this room here!):
Cream blue and white stripe bench seat

I almost went with something more modern for the fabric, but I'm glad I found this instead. It's more "me" for sure: 
How to make a bench cushion

It's so fresh and pretty. And yes, I will be spraying it with Scotchguard! 

I did a little something with the other fabric I showed you up above as well. I'll share that soon! I can't WAIT to replace those shoe baskets with something sturdier. Once I finish up the wall next to this bench that will be my next project: 
DIY no sew bench seat

Have you ever tried this DIY project? On the easy to hard scale it falls more towards the easy -- it's a great one to tackle if you are new to the do-it-yourself game!

I hope to be back with more updates in here this week!

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  1. Wow, it looks as good as new! I love it - the pattern you picked out for the cushion is super nice too!

    Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog

  2. What does the Scotchguard do?

    1. It keeps liquids from soaking in and makes cleaning up easier. :)

  3. Is the blue fabric part of there home decor line fabrics? Do you know the name/pattern? It's so pretty!

    1. Yes they both are in the home decor fabrics. :) I don't have a name unfortunately!

    2. Waverly Multi-Purpose Fabric-Ready to Roll Embroidery Thunder. ITEM # 16537474

  4. LOVE! I have everything I need to convert an old square bar table into a cushioned ottoman but haven't been brave enough to tackle. Thank you for the inspiration...I think that will be my weekend project.

  5. Looks good - I think I would put a layer of something on the bottom so the staples don't scratch the actual wood bench.

    1. Yes if you can't get them hammered in well enough you'd want to! Otherwise the fabric is enough of a buffer.

  6. What are you planning to replace the shoe baskets with? We're about to do built-ins and a bench in our mudroom and I was planning on putting baskets under the bench. Maybe not if you have a better idea!

    1. I'm planning to build wood boxes on wheels. They'll hold more and be more sturdy. I think if the baskets were thicker they'd work better, so yours may be fine!

  7. Your cushion looks fabulous! I've been looking for a striped fabric for drapes and love the one you chose. Do you think it is also a Waverly fabric? Maybe someone will know the name of it.

  8. Love it! Really like this fabric choice- great job!

  9. This is genius! My husband built a window seat (after I saw yours from previous house) and it has been naked ever since. It’s a large window seat and quotes for a cushion have been high. Now I will finally have a cushion! Thank you!

  10. Such a great choice of fabric! And kudos for keeping the lines super straight. Fabulous.


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