Budget Window Seat Cushion Tutorial

I blogged about this lovely thrifted fabric on {Inside Natasha’s Head} a while back, it seems, and I finally got it made into a cute cushion for my long-neglected window seat! I started by measuring the width and length of my window seat. Mine was 77 ½ inches long and 17 inches wide, so I cut my fabric to 78 inches by 17 ½ inches, adding a half inch seam allowance.


I then pinned the fabric all the way around, leaving about a 3 inch opening on one end (marked with double pins) for turning and stuffing later. I rolled up all of the fabric so it would be easier to maneuver when I got to the machine. I did a regular straight stitch using white thread and clipped my corners once I got done.


I put the entire mass over my arm and pulled at a corner to begin turning the cushion. I poked the bottom corners out with the flat end of my knitting needle and after turning the rest, I pushed out the top corners.


To double check the sizing, I laid the newly sewn cushion on the window seat. Looks good to me! See all the paint supplies on the floor waiting to be moved to the garage? Whoops, there’s cans of paint over there too.


I grabbed polyfil, and I snapped a picture of polyfil, but I didn’t really use it. I mean, I did, but I didn’t go out and buy the big box to fill the entire cushion, and I CERTAINLY was not buying foam! I’m a college student on a budget; I used oops paint for my walls because it was cheaper! *off my soapbox* I grabbed an old comforter out of the linen closet and folded it into a long tubular shape. I fed this into the cushion (sounds so creepy, and it looked like a long snake – I hate snakes!), and used the polyfil along the front edge to firm it up a bit. Nobody’s going to see the back edge, so I didn’t fuss with it.


Voila! My budget cushion is finished! I did flatten the lumps out , but I didn’t take a new picture, because I managed to throw a bunch of stuff (read: junk) on the windowseat, so it is a mess at the moment.


Thanks so much for reading and come back soon!