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Create a Custom Pattern and Sew a Highchair Seat Cushion
Wooden highchairs get passed down through generations but the cushion doesn't always survive as well as the chair. All highchairs are not the same. These directions will guide you through the steps to create a custom pattern and sew a custom cushion for a highchair.
You will need:
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- Pattern making material such as newspaper or Pattern Tracing Cloth
- Fabric of your choice - an ample amount for your pattern, ties, and trim
- Batting or pads
- Cording or piping
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Create the Pattern
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- Fold paper to "sit" in the chair the way you will want the cushion to fit. (Use tape if needed to hold the pattern material in place.)
- Trace the outline of the desired finished cushions. (You may want to fold the pattern in half to be sure you are even on both sides)
- Add a 1/4" to 1/2" seam allowance to all edges of the pattern.
- Mark the location that you will need to attach ties to hold the cushions in place.
- Mark anywhere you need an opening for a strap, a fold or other need.
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Fabric and Cutting
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- Lay out the pattern on doubled fabric (You will need two of each pattern piece.)
- Cut 1" bias strips for ties
- For a corded edge -- Cut bias strips for piping cover.
For ruffle edge -- Measure around the edge of the pattern and cut strips that are double the length of the edge of the pattern and wide enough to be folded in half for the desired ruffle and seam allowance. Sew a ruffle in place of piping for the remaining instructions.
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Create the Ties
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- Fold the tie strips in half with the wrong sides together.
- Press well!
- Open the strip and fold the edges into the newly created fold line.
- Press well!
- Re-fold the first fold and press well. Cut the strip into the desired length for the ties, leaving extra to turn in one end of the strip.
- On one end of each strip, turn in the end to enclose the raw edges.
- Sew close to the folded edge to hold the tie closed.
- Sew the unturned end of the ties to the back fabric pieces where you marked on the pattern... pieces.
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Join the Seat and Back
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- In the example, the seat will be sewn to the back cushion.
- Sew the back and seat together at the back of the seat using the chosen seam allowance. Leave an opening in the center of one seam for turning the cushion right side out later.
- Press the seams and apply a seam finish.
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- Create the piping.
- Decide which edges will have a piping edge. (In the cushion shown here, the seat is sewn to the back at the rear of the seat so I will not be attaching piping to that seam. If you choose to have two separate cushions, you may want the piping on all edges.)
- Attach the piping to the front fabric pieces, using the seam allowance that you chose when creating the pattern.
- Clip the seam allowance where needed for the edges to lay flat.
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Join the Front and Back of the Cushion Cover
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- Placing right sides of the fabric together, line up the edges of the front and back of the fabric pieces.
- Pin in place, matching any seams and curves.
- Sew using the piping stitches as a seam guide.
- Trim the seam allowance if needed and apply a seam finish.
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Create the Padding
The choice of padding for your cushion is yours. If you choose to use batting, you will want multiple layers for enough padding.
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- Using the pattern pieces you created, without the seam allowance added, trace the pattern on to the padding.
- Cut out the padding.
- Optional - Use basting spray to hold multiple layers of padding together.
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Adding the Padding to the Cushion
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- Line the edges of the padding up with the seams on the fabric.
- If needed, hand baste or tack the edges of the pad to the seam allowance to hold it in place while you turn the fabric right side out.
- Turn the fabric right side out.
- Smooth the padding and fabric.
- Slip stitch the opening closed.
- Use evenly spaced bar tacks or quilting to hold the padding in place.
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- Using your pattern as a guide, mark the places you need an opening for a strap to pass through the cushion.
- Measure the width of the strap that will need to pass through the opening, allowing a bit extra to prevent tearing the fabric.
- Sew a buttonhole at the strap passing location.