Tips to Making Donut Pillow

Dec 31st

Donut pillow and sewing skills to make a bench pillow cushion for a cozy window seat, dining table bench or clothes hanger in the foyer. The cushion will add an accent to the room, providing comfortable seating at a low cost. A bench cushion pillow is one different from other pillows because it is a solid rectangle of high density foam, rather than a fluffy cushion made with loose filler. You can expect to be a weekend project, less if you have experience with sewing.

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Measure the bench that you will make the donut pillow. Buy a piece of 5-inch thick high density foam one inch shorter and one inch narrower than the bench. Cut two pieces of extra-loft foam batting, the same size as the buffer to cover the top and bottom. Measure the circumference of the foam pad, then cut a piece of foam pad 5 inches wide, and the length of the perimeter. It is OK to reduce this last bit into two sections. Spray each piece of foam batting with a thin layer of spray glue. Align a piece of wadding with the corresponding foam pad section and press down firmly so that the wad adheres to the pillow.

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Cut two pieces of decorator fabric each 2 inches longer and 2 inches wider than the bench donut pillow. These pieces will form the upper and lower parts of the cushion cover. The extra 2 inches is to make sure the cover is not too tight and account for seam allowance, which is the distance from the edge of the fabric to the seam you will make to sew two pieces of fabric. Measure the circumference of the top cover. Cut a piece of decorator fabric that is the length of the foam pad plus one inch, and 6-1 / 2 inches wide for the bench cover gusset. (The branch is the piece of fabric that covers the sides of the pad.)

Set the sewing machine stitch knob so that the machine sews six stitches to the inch. Use an all-purpose polyester thread that matches your decorator fabric. Align the two ends of the wedge with each other. The right side is the side of the fabric that you see when you put the cover on the pillow. Pin the top of the cushion cover to the wedge of the lid with the right-hand side. Place straight pins about six inches apart, perpendicular to the edge of the fabric. The wedge should fit exactly on the outer edge of the top cover. Sew wedge and top of housing together on all four sides with a ½ inch seam allowance and a stitch length of six stitches to inch.