Round Quilted Chair Cushion

I wanted to make a fun chair cushion for the yellow chair that I use in my craft room. I found an awesome pillow pattern and tutorial by Cluck Cluck Sew that was the right shape and size. Seriously I couldn’t have found anything more perfect for this project! I did make a couple modifications to the pattern so it would be more suited for sitting on.

First I picked out fabrics from my stash. It was so fun and hard to chose 12 fabrics! Of course you don’t have to use that many, but why not!?!
{I made a couple swaps since this}
Next print out the super easy pattern. It comes in two sizes. I used the 16 inch large one. Then cut out the pieces.
Arrange the pieces in a way you like and take a picture so you have something to refer to if they get messed up.
Then sew them together in twos using a quarter inch seam allowance.
Iron the seams, then sew pieces together so you have 2 halves.
Then sew the two halves together and iron some more.
One of the things I wanted to do differently than the original pattern was to quilt the top piece. I think the quilting adds more stability as well. I folded the top piece in half to get the shape and size for the batting piece (do this to cut out the back of your cushion as well).
Pin and stitch the batting and top layer together!
Now cut out your pieces for the sides. The original pattern has you cut out a 5″ x 50” strip. I wanted to put ties on the back to hold it onto the chair and make it skinnier. I used two pieces: 12″ x 3.5″ and 39 x 3.5″. For the ties I cut out 4 – 15″ x 2″ pieces.
 Iron the strips for the ties before you sew them.
{iron one end in so you will have a clean edge to your ties}
{fold each side towards the middle and press}
{and sew!}
Once all the ties are sewed, sew the side pieces together into a ring.
{here’s the layering – nice sides together with the ties sandwiched in between}
Next it’s time to pin your side piece to the front and sew using a half inch seam allowance.
Then do the same with the back piece. Leaving a gap so you can turn it inside out and stuff it.
Once stuffed hand, sew the little hole closed.
{wahoo! almost done!}
The next steps are for covering a button with fabric if you don’t have a fancy button maker.
Cut a piece of fabric slightly larger than your button. Use a button that has the hole on the back. Are there a special name for these kind of buttons?
Hand stitch around the outside.
Place your button in the middle and pull the thread tight. I also placed a little bit of batting in between the fabric and the button to make it padded.
Now it’s time to add this to your cushion! The finishing touch to cover up those seams in the middle where it didn’t match up perfectly!
On the back I used another button for extra stability and to hide the knots.
Now my seat is nice and comfy!
I wish Jake and Elwood were like this the whole time while they were in the craft room with me…
In fact, it was more like this…
{Jake chewing on pins and Elwood checking out the iron that was on. No worries, they were quickly reprimanded and shooed away!}
And like this…
{Sweet mom! You put the ties on it for us to play with!}
Let me know if you have any questions about the cushion or if you use the pattern too!
rita mariaOctober 7, 2011 - 12:28 pm

you make everything look so easy! great pics :)

Yellow Suitcase StudioOctober 7, 2011 - 2:15 pm

@rita maria

Thanks Rita! :)

AnonymousOctober 21, 2011 - 11:00 am

That is so cute. I just made a floor version today for my daughters reading nook. As I was putting it down in between steps, I left it on a dining chair & was thinking it would make a great chair pad. Yours is so lovely & cheerful. Your cats are adorable too! Angela.

Yellow Suitcase StudioOctober 24, 2011 - 8:54 pm

Thanks Angela! :)

Sandi Johnson KellmanJanuary 15, 2014 - 10:03 pm

love this making it right now.. btw my cat loves my sewing room especially when I sing…

Karla ReissFebruary 12, 2014 - 3:44 am

This was a very lovely pillow and I just have to try it.

Karla ReissFebruary 12, 2014 - 3:44 am

This was a very lovely pillow and I just have to try it.

Karen ThomsonMarch 7, 2014 - 9:37 pm

I can’t wait to raid my stash and make one. My cat is often to be found lying on a pile of wadding looking very comfortable!

Patty BandouveresMarch 7, 2014 - 10:26 pm

I’ve seen Alison’s pillow on Cluck cluck sew and have always liked it….but yours is also beautiful with a wonderful tutorial, thank you!!

Debbie Newby HallMarch 8, 2014 - 2:26 am

Love it.

Elizabeth EdwardsMarch 8, 2014 - 1:53 pm

e this. I think a new bathroom seat cushion is long overdue!

Lyn KaufmannMarch 8, 2014 - 5:37 pm

I have a couple chairs that could use this pattern! Thank you for sharing the pattern and idea.

BarbMarch 17, 2014 - 3:31 pm

Are we allowed to copy off this pattern for personal use? I love it!

Yellow Suitcase StudioMarch 18, 2014 - 2:02 pm

Yes! The original pattern is from Cluck Cluck Sew who made it available to all. This is just my interpretation of it! Glad you like it!

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Griselda DaubenbagerMay 17, 2015 - 3:40 am

muy lindo……

DiannMay 22, 2015 - 3:02 pm

The button you used is call a shank button. Don’t use one with a metal wire shank (the older type of covered button, it will bend sideways after a few “sits”. I really prefer not to use a button on the top. I use heavy duty (button hole) thread and form a 1/2″, or less, square on top and a clear button on the back. Much more comfortable to sit on.
Really like the instructions for a round chair pad. Those aren’t easily found. Thanks, dee dee

Ronett AlfaroAugust 5, 2015 - 12:44 pm

I finished mine, except the button. I am having a hard time finding a large button with a shank (that is what that is called) on it.

Tina WemyssOctober 31, 2015 - 11:45 pm

Wow, thank you!! I needed cushions for my wooden dining room chairs, I could not find a pattern. To buy them they wanted NZ$45 each and 6 of those made me think I can do these myself and there you were, emailed me with the pattern, thank you so much! I am going to use my squedge 22.5 ruler and rounded the ends, so easily done and I found my button maker so covered it and now the proud owner of one pillow, 4 to go! Thank you so much!!!!

Maria AlmeidaNovember 22, 2015 - 10:16 pm

Linda de mais

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