How To Sew A Bench Cushion With Piping?

DIY Removable Bench Seat Cushion with Piping

This post contains affiliate links, which means I earn a small commission at no additional cost to you. See my full disclosure statement here. I recently refinished my Entryway Bench and decided that it needed a cushion. Here are my best tips for sewing a DIY bench seat cushion.


If you can’t find the right size, you can open one end and make it smaller. I used a coupon to get my fabric, batting, and piping from Joanne Fabrics. Make sure to pre-shrink your fabric before you start.


Measure your foam and draw a line to cut it to size. Dry fit your foam on the bench to make sure it fits, then cut it with an electric knife or a serrated knife if you don’t have one.


To attach the batting to the foam, you can use a spray adhesive for foam or a plier stapler; I chose to use it so the seam wouldn’t show through my fabric.


I cut two lengths of fabric the same size for the back of the velcro strip. This will help me line up my top and bottom plate later in the process. I bought a package of Velcro that was five feet long. I cut the Velcro in pieces and ran a straight stitch along both sides of each piece.


Cut long, thin strips of fabric about 1 1/4u2033 thick for your piping (I ended up cutting 6 strips the length of my fabric), then sew the strips together on a 90 degree angle and trim away any excess fabric.

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Sew all of your boxing pieces together to form a rectangle, then stitch the piping to the top plate of fabric with a zipper foot or piping foot. Turn your cushion cover inside out and work with the bottom plate to make a cushion cover.


My first attempt at a DIY bench seat cushion turned out really well, and sewing is definitely a skill that requires a lot of practice. Did you know that you can save the images below to your SEWING OR CRAFTS BOARD on Pinterest by hovering over them and clicking on the red Pinterest circle?

What size piping is best for cushions?

A continuous length of piping 5cm longer than the perimeter of the cushion pad is required to make the cushion. For example, a 46cmx46cm cushion pad requires a piping length of 189cm. You will also need a strip of fabric 5cm wide and the length of the piping cord (it may require joins).

How do you make a bench seat cushion?

Stitching the DIY bench cushion’s back seam

  1. Step 1: Fold one end of your cushion cover in half.
  2. Step 2: Stitch the top flap down.
  3. Step 3: Repeat steps 1-2 on the other end of your cushion cover.
  4. Step 4: Grab the bottom flap and fold the unfinished edge of fabric in about 1/2 inch.

Why is piping used on cushion covers?

The most common term for cording on pillows is piping, but whatever you call it, the end result is that the product improves seam durability and overall pillow strength. Trim your cushions and pillows with a matching or complementary fabric.

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How do you sew piping without a cord?

Sewing the Pipings is a do-it-yourself project.

  1. How to make the piping strips. First, cut the bias strips.
  2. How to sew the piping to the fabric edge.
  3. The narrow rib of piping looks better.

How do you edge a cushion?

To make the piping, fold your square of fabric in half diagonally and cut along the fold to make two triangles. Mark 5cm in from the raw edge with dressmaker’s chalk and cut along this line. Continue cutting strips until you have enough to go all the way around your cushion.

How much fabric do I need for an 18 inch cushion?

To sew an 18-inch pillow cover, all you need is half a yard of 45-inch wide fabric.

How much fabric do I need for cording?

325u2032u2032 bias x 2u2032u2032 wide = 650 = 25.49u2032u2032 or 26u2032u2032 square of fabric, whereas 150u2032u2032 bias x 3u2032u2032 wide = 450 = 21.21u2032u2032 or 22u2032u2032 square of fabric.

How do I calculate how much fabric I need for a cushion?

If you’re covering a box cushion, multiply the width by two and the depth by two, then add the two numbers together to get the amount of fabric you’ll need to make the sides, front, and back of the box cushion, plus 2 inches for seam allowances.

How thick should foam be for bench cushion?

Depending on the type of cushion or pad you choose, thicknesses range from 2 to 8 inches (in 1-inch increments).

What is the best foam for seat cushions?

Latex foam is one of the highest quality foam seat cushions available, with an unparalleled feel thanks to the foam’s rubber construction. Latex foam is also an excellent quality foam for mattresses that can be used in sofa cushions.

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