Piped Bench Cushion–{Pretty Handy Girl}

Hi, CSI Project readers! My name is Brittany (aka Pretty Handy Girl).

Normally I don’t look this clean. I usually have sawdust in my hair or paint splatter on my elbows. I write a blog full of tutorials for everything from crafing and sewing to building and home repairs. Today I have a tutorial for making a bench cushion with piping. Before we get started I wanted to let you in on a little secret: The bench cushion and side table fabrics you see below are actually shower curtains!

You read that right. Shower curtains are not only inexpensive, but they are durable and can stand up to moisture. This makes them perfect for outdoor use. I bought both of these at Target for under $20 each! Materials:

Okay, let’s get started! Preparing the Foam Cushion – Lay your foam on top of the bench. Mark a line where you need to trim. Use an electric carving knife to cut through the foam. Wrap batting around your foam. Then trim the edges down to size. I had enough to put two layers on top of the foam and one layer on the bottom. This will make for a cushier and less “squared” cushion. Cutting out the pieces – 1. Lay out your fabric (err, I mean, shower curtain) folded in half. Place your cushion on top. Trace around the cushion about 3/4″ wider on all sides. Cut through the two layers. This will give you the top and bottom panels for your cover. 2. Next cut out four strips of fabric for the sides. Cut your lengths 2″ longer than your cushion. If your foam is 3″ and you use 1-2 layers of batting, you can use these measurements for your strips:

  • Front: 4.25″ wide by length + 2″
  • Sides (left and right): 4.25″ wide by length + 2″
  • *Back: 5.5″ wide by length + 2″
  • *Back Fold Over Flap: 3.5″ wide by length + 2″

*The back is wider and has two strips because we need to sew an overlapping flap and velcro to make the cover removable.

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103 Comments
  1. Katrina 3 months ago

    Do you use a a plastic shower curtain? And can I glue the fabric together instead of sew or velcro

  2. Page Cooper 4 weeks ago

    I was just browsing Pinterest because I’m about to sew a cushion. I was reading this pin and realized we are neighbors. What a small world. Thanks for the tutorial.

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