- Thick home-decor fabric or outdoor fabric
- Iron-on Fusible interfacing (only necessary if your fabric needs to be a bit thicker) *I was using a home decor fabric and still added some interfacing to make the material thicker and more stable
- One zipper - be sure it's at least as long as the widest part of the cushion, ie: 18 inches *if longer, you can easily shorten it
- Iron & ironing board
- Scissors or Rotary Cutter
- Thread: I highly recommend that you use a strong upholstery thread
- Sewing Machine
- Seam Ripper
- Optional: if you want to add piping, you'll need the cording & extra material to do so
- Some type of stuffing - it is up to you, but if the chair is as large as the ones in the picture, you need some heavy stuffing material *please read what I used in the last steps of this instructable
Step 1: Cut Out Your Fabric
- (2) Large Fabric Squares - for the chair I made in green, they were approximately 18 x 18 inches
- (4) Smaller Rectangles - each piece 10 x 10 inches
Fusible Interfacing Time:
Ironing & Seam Allowances:
Step 2: Sewing on the Zipper
- First, take the large bottom piece and a smaller pieces which you will sew together.
- Sew a baste stitch across (loose stitches without a lot of tension - these will be removed later)
- Layout your zipper along the stitches - and if you need to shorten it, do so now (directions are on the zipper you have purchased - and it's simple)
- Change your presser foot - put the zipper foot on, which will allow you to sew really close to the zipper
- Line up your zipper with the basted seam & pin it in place (some people like to use a glue stick to glue it in place) * please see image for what it should look like
- Carefully sew along the zipper & be careful not to get too close to the zipper teeth. Once you get to the end of the zipper, rotate your material so you can continue on and back down the other side.
- Use a seam ripper to cut through those basted stitches - and now test out your zipper!
- Tip: If you've accidentally sewn onto or too close to the zipper teeth, just remove those stitches & restitch a bit further away
Step 3: Adding Pockets and Handle
- To sew a pocket - basically you'll need a smaller piece of material (this doesn't need to be exact by any means) - do the same to it as you do the other pieces (ie: fold over for seam allowance, iron & use interfacing)Sew
- the seams
- Pin it onto the fabric where you want it to be located & sew it on!
Step 4: Sew All Seams
Sew all the seams. Be sure to check each corner to make sure you've sewn it fully. I personally went over the corners more than one time to be sure it was reinforced and stitches were strong. This part is time-consuming. After sewing a piece onto another one - each time - be sure to iron the seams open (see image below). This part of sewing is slightly awkward because the piece is a bit large and you'll need some space to sew it.
* Don't sew your final seam yet! See the last step!
Step 5: Final Seam & Stuffing
Before sewing the final seam, make sure you unzip your zipper! Otherwise you'll have a hard time pulling your material through the home and putting it "right side out" upon completion!
Now for the tricky part - what will you stuff it with?
I have fiberfill & other stuffing materials at home. I first attempted to use them to stuff these things, and I didn't like the results. They squished to the side, weren't stable and it was like sitting on a flattened pillow. So, this may seem weird, but I had a lot of clothes I was getting ready to donate. I actually stuffed the brown one with clothes! It made the chair comfy, stable, strong and a bit heavy. For my second pouf, the green one, I stuffed it with a folded up blanket that I had stored away. It also made the chair stable and comfortable. If you use stuffing - it will squash down and not maintain a square appearance. To circumvent that, either stuff it with something else (be creative) and/or make the pouf smaller. You can also purchase some type of thick fiberfill material to stuff it with, but it's quite expensive.
Just zip the chair up and you are done!!!
Step 6: Final Tip & Photos
Final Tip: Take your time & iron away! If you skip all the ironing, your chair won't look as professionally done. Also take your time with the zipper - it's important! Have fun and make lots of these chairs for the kids! I plan to make a few more with different colored material & different sizes!