Making a Tufted Window Seat Cushion with power tools, no thread, and needles. I have made many different types of tufted items over the years and this is the only way I do tufting. I have never tried it the old fashion way with a thread and needle and probably never will since the power tool method is so easy.
Mr. DD has always said the phrase, “Want an easy way to do things, ask a lazy man.” He infers that he is a lazy man, and he is far from a lazy man. I will use his phrase anyway as it applies to my method of power tool tufting. I like to think it is the smart way to do it, not a lazy way.
This is how my office looked when we moved in, good bones and needed a big makeover.
We removed a seat bench in our guest suite and decided to use all that wood to build a window seat bench in my office. Since we had all the lumber, the only expense was making the cushion.
I originally painted the window seat bench to match the walls and was planning to leave it painted and just add pillows. Mr. DD would always come and sit in my office and EVERY time would say, my bench needs a cushion. He would take the chair pads from my dining room chairs and spread them out on his bench seat. I would put them back and find the cushions there again. I finally decided I would make him a tufted window seat cushion.
Making the Tufted Cushion
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- 3/4 " Plywood, 3 or 4-inch Foam Cushion, Spray Adhesive, Batting, Material, Washers, Screws, button cover kit, and E-6000
- Straight edge, scissors, drill, staple gun, and pliers
1. Make plywood template
2. Cut out the foam cushion - adhere to plywood
3. Make tufting pattern, cut tufting marks
4. Cut, Cover foam with battling and material
5. Use washers, screws to drill to create tufting
6. Attach to surface
7. Make button covers and glue over tufted areas
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Step 1- Make Plywood Template
Measure the window seat and cut out the plywood template to fit onto the window seat.
Step 2- Cut Foam Cushion
Cut the foam cushion by laying the plywood template over the foam cushion, mark the cut line, and cut out the foam cushion. I use an electric knife as it is way easier and my hands thank me for it. Also, refer back to “Ask a Lazy Man.”
Step 3- Adhere Plywood and Foam
Spray the plywood with the spray adhesive and place foam cushion on top. I used a twin mattress foam cushion that we already had and no longer have a twin mattress. Check out the prices of matress foam pads before buying craft foam, as sometimes it is cheaper for the mattress pad. The twin foam mattress was not long enough for my tufted bench seat cushion, so I had to piece it together, you will not notice the seem.
Step 4 – Layout Tufting Pattern
Do not pay attention to the holes on the foam pad, that is the way the foam topper came. My template was approximately 24 inches deep, so my rows are 6 inches apart, and my tufting marks are also 6 inches apart. Use scissors to cut and “X” into the foam at each tufting mark.
For a very detailed tutorial on marking your tufting, please refer to this post about the tufted coffee table bench.
Step 5 Cut out Batting and Fabric
Make sure to cut your batting and fabric larger than your template, accounting for cushion thickness, plywood thickness, wraparound fabric, as well as a little extra for the tufting. The extra fabric I needed was approximately 5 to 6 inches for each side’s length and width. I always cut larger than needed, because I am always afraid I will not have enough and waste the fabric.
Step 6 – Tufting and Attaching Fabric
I used #8 1-inch wood screws and a 3/4 washer to do my tufting with a power screwdriver. This is my go-to size, but you can use other sizes based on the button size kit you purchase. I am showing the picture from the tufted coffee table bench as a reference. Please see the details from this post on the tips to do before securing the back of the fabric to the plywood.
Step 7 – Attaching the Tufted Window Seat Cushion to Bench
TIP – Do not glue your buttons in place until you know if you need to screw the cushion to the bench seat. My plywood was slightly warped and it did not sit flat on the bench, so I used longer screws to do some of the tufting points. The longer screws secured the cushion to the wood seat.
Step 8 – Making and Glueing the ButtonsTIP – If using thick fabric, as I did, you can’t attach the back on the button as the fabric is too thick. I used the E-6000 to glue the back of the button fabric together and glued it in the tufting hole.
We added a storage drawer to the window seat bench for storage as well as having an access point to the heating duct below in case we ever needed it.
Here are the other tufted projects I have completed –
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