DIY Bench Cushions - A Shopkins Bedroom Part V

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

This is our fifth post in the Shopkins themed bedroom series.  To start at the beginning, click here.

As usual, I started the search for cushions for Alli's benches with commercial options.  And as usual, we found nothing that would work.  I knew I would have to sew the covers for the cushions, but since I wasn't able to find a pre-made cushion in the right size for our benches, I resigned myself to creating the entire cushion pad and cover from scratch.

Seat Pads

I sifted through foam options and decided to go with a 1.5" foam mattress pad.  We cut the foam to size and used a double thickness to provide a softer, thicker padding. In order to get a double thickness, you'll need to have a topper at least 42"x72".  We used a queen sized topper to allow a bit of extra.


1 - queen-sized 1.5" foam mattress pad
1 - queen-sized quilt batting
3 yards fabric
2 - 18" zipper to match
rotary cutter

One you have your foam cut to size and layered, wrap the foam tightly in batting.

Seat Pad Cover

Alli chose a solid pink fabric for the seat cushion, Shopkins pink of course.  You will need 3 yards of this fabric.

From your fabric, cut:
A) 4 - 43"x19"
B) 4 - 43"x3 1/2"
C) 2 - 19"x3 1/2"
D) 4 - 19"x2 1/4"

For each cover:
Start by sewing your zipper onto the D) strips.Once the zipper is sewn on both sides, you should have a strip 3 1/2" wide with the zipper down the middle.

Next sew your 3 1/2" strips together, in this pattern: B), C), B), D (with zipper).  Sew ends together to form a loop.

Then, attach your 3 1/2" loop to the A) piece, matching seems of loop to corners of A).

Sew the other side of loop to a second A) piece.

Repeat for other cover.  Flip cover and carefully insert your pad.

Back Cushions

For the back cushions I was able to find body pillows that were very close to the right length for our benches.  Alli had chosen a Shopkins print fabric for the back cushions, and we kept things really simple for these and just sewed a large pillow case.  I chose to keep the pillow case on the small side so that the body pillow would be stuffed inside and create a slightly firmer cushion.


2 - body pillows approximately 20"x54"
2 yards fabric - more if you are particular about the placement of the print
rotary cutter

From your fabric, cut:
2- 35.5"x44"(use the width of the fabric for the 44")

We used the width of the fabric for the length of the pillows for two reasons - one, it allowed us to buy less fabric and two, it meant I could use the factory finished edge of the fabric instead of having to sew a hem...

Any way, this is a really simple pillowcase.  Take one piece of the cut fabric and fold it in length lengthwise.  Pick the prettiest factory edge and pin the opposite short edge and the long side to sew.

Once sewn, all you have to do is flip it and stuff your pillow in.  It will require stuffing, however.  This is how the firmness is created to give the back cushion support.

Finished cushions

Putting the cushions on the benches.  We put the open end of the back cushions and the zipper end of the pads against the wall.  Enjoy!

Part I - Planning a Themed Bedroom
Part II - DIY Purple Loft Bed
Part III - Same Dresser, Different Makeover
Part IV - DIY Benches & Table for Loft Bed
Part V - Bench Cushions (currently viewing)
Part VI - Play & Display Bookcase (coming Friday!)

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