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DIY Grain Sack Kitchen Barstool Cushions

Inexpensive canvas drop cloths, acrylic paint and basic sewing skills come together to create fabulous custom cushions for kitchen barstools or chairs.

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Embroidered Bar Stool Cushion

Materials Needed:

  • 4 'x 5' 8-ounce canvas drop cloth
  • 2 cups bleach
  • 1 cup 3% hydrogen peroxide solution
  • sharp scissors
  • permanent marker
  • pencil
  • measuring tape
  • yard stick
  • 6 yards 6/32" cotton filler cord
  • (2) 3" x 15" x 17" poly foam cushions
  • cream all-purpose thread
  • 4 yards 1" wide twill tape
  • fabric glue
  • acrylic paint
  • 1" paint brush
  • 2.0 liner paint brush
  • sewing machine
  • zipper foot
  • heavy-duty sewing machine needle
  • all-purpose sewing needle

Wash, Bleach and Neutralize Drop Cloth

Remove drop cloth from package and load into washing machine. Fill machine basin with warm water and one cup of bleach. Allow drop cloth to soak for several hours or overnight. Run remainder of the wash cycle. Repeat a second time to ensure thorough bleaching. Wash drop cloth a third time in warm water, laundry detergent and one cup of 3 percent hydrogen peroxide to neutralize bleach. Dry on high heat. Tip: Use a plastic storage bin for soaking if a top loading washing machine is not available.

Cut Foam

Place foam on stool seat and, using it as a template, trace around the seat with permanent marker. Cut foam along line with sharp scissors. Hold scissors perpendicular to foam to ensure a smooth, even cut. Tip: If available, an electric carving knife is an excellent tool for cutting foam.

Cut Fabric

Using the cut foam as a template, trace a line with a pencil for the top and bottom of each cushion, leaving at least a half-inch seam allowance. Cut along traced line. Four pieces of fabric are needed for two cushions. Add the length of the front and two sides of the cushion. Measure and cut a piece of fabric that length, plus a one-inch seam allowance and four inches wide. Measure the length of the back of the seat cushion and cut a piece of fabric with length, plus one-inch seam allowance and four inches wide. Two pieces of each cut of fabric are needed for two cushions.

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