Morris Chair build ala. Wood Mag. plans #17: Seat Cushion Done

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Blog entry by Mainiac Matt posted 06-24-2019 11:02 PM 606 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 16: Seat leather vents Part 17 of Morris Chair build ala. Wood Mag. plans series Part 18: Calling it done »

My old Singer wouldn’t get through some of the spots with 6 layers, so I had to get a local guy who does alterations and has a commercial machine to help me out. Thanks to Stormin’ Norman …

Squeezing the cushion in took three people.

I was hoping for a bit more of an over stuffed fit, but overall I’m pretty pleased.

-- Matt -- I yam what I yam and that's all what I yam

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#1 posted 06-25-2019 05:33 AM


Congratulations on a job well done! I like the grommet idea.

An idea for you if you ever decide to upholster another cushion: wrap the zipper portion a couple of inches around each end, then hide the end of the zipper in a tuck of the fabric. This gives you more room to get the cushion into the covering. (My camera is in the shop or I would take a photo to show you what I mean. If you want photo clarification, let me know and I’ll take a picture tomorrow.) When you insert the foam cushion, wrap it with a dry cleaning bag or similar (don’t put the cushion inside the bag) and pull out the bag when you get the cushion inside. You can always add more batting and attempt the dry cleaning bag wrap for a slightly fuller cushion.

I always measure my cushions or pillows and then don’t allow any extra for the seams and it seems like it works out okay that way. When I first made covers and added the extra seam allowance, they were always looser than I wanted them. (Don’t ask me why that is; I’ve never quite comprehended it!)


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Mainiac Matt

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#2 posted 06-25-2019 11:25 AM

Thanks for the tips Lefty.

I get the foam at cost from work and may re-cut the cushion to fit tighter some day. But for now I desperately need to get this chair out of my shop, so I’m pressing ahead with the back rest.

SailRite seems to be the place to get everything you need for boat cushions and they have a ton of instructional videos. They say the same thing about making the cushions larger than you think they need to be, but of course, I discovered this after I had cut the foam and leather.

-- Matt -- I yam what I yam and that's all what I yam

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Gene Howe

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#3 posted 06-25-2019 11:39 AM

Nice job, Matt.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#4 posted 06-25-2019 12:23 PM

Looks great! I’m digging the leather choice. The piping turned out great too!

I agree with LadyLefty. I think stuffing the foam was one of the most enjoyable parts, because it went so well using the dry cleaner bag. I linked my blog in case you want to see a pictures of the foam stuffing process.

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#5 posted 06-25-2019 01:35 PM

It came out great. I kinda like the slightly loose look for a Morris seat. That’s how many of the originals looked, and they only get better with age.

If you want a tighter stuff, just add 1-2 layers of high loft batting (Dacron) to the foam. Then sew yourself a slip cover for the foam + Dacron and it will slide right in.

Great work, thanks for sharing it.

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