Easy Steps Of Making Glider Cushions
Making a new glider cushion is a less expensive way to bring the comfort back on the glider, this is the best option especially if the glider is hand-made. Sewing the glider cushions does not need expert sewing skills, and the user can use any fabric that they will like, such as canvas and any other weather-resistant fabrics. The simple steps for sewing glider cushions are as follows:
- Start the process by measuring the width of the glider seat starting from one side to the other. Double the measurement number and then add 12 inches for the purpose of end gussets, this will help to give enough fabric for the seam allowances.
- After the above step is done then measure the glider seat from the front to the back. Add at least 6 inches for the front gusset as well as for seam allowances and also add 12 inches for overlapping back gussets and for its seam allowances.
- In order to get the size of the upholstery foam simply multiply the base width with the base of the depth of glider seat. After this double that number to get the exact amount of piping.
- Fold the fabric into the half and place it flat on the work surface. Cut out the 7 pieces total from the fabric that will be one each for the top as well as bottom of the glider cushion, 1 is for the front gusset, 2 for the back gussets and at last 1 each is for the side gussets.
- The user then needs to fold up the one long edge of each back gusset right under the wrong side to wrong side, 1/4-inch. Press down the folded side flat. Fold all the edges again under 3/4 inch and then pin them. All along the folded edges sew a seam.
- Pin down the side gussets with all the sides of the front gusset. Keep the wrong sides facing up as well as the finished edges towards each other, overlap the 2 back gussets. Now to the free ends of the side gussets carefully pin the 2 back gussets.
- At all corners sew the gussets together, with the help of a 1/2-inch seam. It is advisable to use the correct size needle for the upholstery fabric, for example, use a 14/90 needle for the medium-weight fabrics and the 16/100 needle for the heavier fabrics like for canvas.
- Keep the top piece of fabric on the work surface. Line up the piping as this will help to align the raw edges of piping with the raw edge of the fabric and keep the piping facing towards the middle of the piece.
- Lay down the side gussets right on the top of the piping. Pin all the side gussets with the top piece and the piping will be trapped in between them.
- Change the sewing machine to a zipper foot. Sew up all the fabric pieces together and keep the piping in between them. At the corner, stop and then snip the fabric off the piping, here it is very important to be very careful in not cutting through the thread that is bordering the piping or simply the cord itself.
- Now keep the bottom piece of fabric right on the work surface. Again lay out a line of piping the same way as for top piece. Pin down all the free edges of the gussets with the bottom piece, and at the same time securing the piping between them and then sew the bottom piece as well as the piping to the gussets. Remove any of the remaining pins and then at last turn the fabric right side out.
- Cut out a piece of the upholstery foam to fit the glider seat with the help of shears or with the electric carving knife, after that slip the foam right in the cushion cover as well as adjust the foam to keep it flat and at last, keep the cushion on the glider.