Squab cushions are use to give a softer feel to traditional chairs for the kitchen, dining room or outside.
These cushions are usually made to fit the shape of the seat and are fastened to the chair with tie fastenings or Velcro strips. Larger fastenings can be used such as ribbons or bows if you want an elaborate look.
The chairs that the cushions are for are made from wood or plastic and these fastenings will stop the cushion from falling off.
These cushions are made fairly thin and can sometimes have a gusset which is between 1 inch (2.5 cms) and 1 1/2 inches (4 cms) wide.
Hard chairs can be found in any room and these cushions can give a splash of colour to highlight one already in the room or to bring a room up to date.
Fabrics to use- Cotton and cotton mixes are always the best material
to use. This is because this material is washable, comes in many
colours and patterns and is hard wearing. Delicate fabrics can be used
if the chair is more decorative than for using.
Filling- A piece of foam would be the best filling as this can also be cut to the shape of the chair seat. Also no inner pad would be needed.
Fastenings- I mentioned above that the cushion would need to be attached to the chair. The fastening used on the actual cushion would be either a zip or Velcro place in the centre of the back panel or at the back of the cushion. If you didn't want to put a filling in place then the opening could be slip stitched closed. This would then mean when the cushion was washed, the whole cushion would have to be done.
Making a Squab Cushion without a gusset or fastening
These are the steps in making a basic squab cushion. Enjoy adding them to your indoor or outdoor chairs.