How to Re-Cover a Cushion on a Recliner

Item # X-HT-200679

To accompany our "How to Reupholster a Recliner Chair" video (#200680XHT), we're back with a second video to show you how to sew up the seat cushion for this chair. The new cushion cover is a pretty straightforward sewing process; let’s take a closer look!

Recovered cushion on recliner chair.

The cushion of this chair mostly assembles like any other box cushion, but the zipper plaque is a little different. For this cushion we wrapped the zipper around the sides of the cushion and then covered the ends with fabric. Since both the sides and the back of the cushion will be hidden on the chair, this is a good way to give the zipper a little extra protection.

We used the old cushion cover to pattern the fabric for the new one. This is an easy way to make sure your new cushion cover will be the right size for the foam and the chair. Additionally, we reused the original foam because it was still in really good condition. You can fluff up older foam with a polyester batting or, if it’s beyond a facelift, you can replace the foam completely. Be sure to use high-density foam that’s appropriate for upholstery.

In this video you’ll learn how to pattern the cushion fabric, create the zipper plaque and assemble the seat cushion for an upholstered chair.

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Video Chapters:

  • Disassembling Seat Cushion – 0:37 min.
  • Patterning Plates & Boxing – 1:40 min.
  • Creating Zipper Plaque – 6:30 min.
  • Sewing Boxing to Plate – 8:41 min.
  • Sewing Last Plate to Assembly – 14:40 min.
  • Inserting Foam – 17:44 min.
  • Materials List – 19:13 min.

Materials List:

  • Upholstery Fabric (we used P/Kaufmann Paisley Park Lagoon #106580)
  • 3/8” Seamstick Basting Tape for Canvas #129
  • Nylon Thread
  • YKK® #5 Continuous Coil Zipper #104387
  • YKK® #5 Metal Locking Zipper Slider #104356

Tools List:

  • Sailrite® Ultrafeed® LS-1 PLUS Walking Foot Sewing Machine #300502
  • Gingher® Scissors Right Handed #19104
  • Multiuse Pins 1 1/2" #102985
  • Tape Measure 120 Inch #102986
  • Clear Acrylic Ruler 6" x 24" #102400
  • Marking Chalk for Fabrics #102464
  • Sewing Gauge Ruler 6" #102995