This is a very easy 'cheaters' version of upholstering a rush seat bench quickly using ready-made materials. It can actually be used for any rush seat chair or stool that has a removable seat. This project has only SIX steps!
BEFORE AND AFTER
Here is what you need:
-bench or chair with rush seat that can be removed
-1 quilted sham per seat (I used 2 quilted shams but you can head to your local fabric store also and buy enough fabric to cover the seat plus another four inches all around)
-Needle and thread (I used white thread to blend with the fabric)-Scissors
The shams AND bench both came from TJ Maxx.
Why use quilted fabric? It is thicker than cotton and because this is a 'quick change' project, I am not using any further padding between the rush seat and the fabric. The quilting makes it a bit cushier.
1. Turn the bench over and unscrew the seat.
2. Get your sham out. It should look this size.
*Instead of using a sham, you can go to fabric store for your quilted fabric. If you do this, you will need enough fabric to cover the size of your seat plus four extra inches all around. Follow the same steps below.
3. Lay your sham upside down on a flat surface and tuck your seat inside it.
4. Trim the open side of the pillowcase fabric using your scissors so that there is four inches to fold over the edge (you can throw the excess away).
5. Fold each side of the fabric toward the center tightly (like wrapping a present) and hand thread each corner in place.
It will look like this. Don't worry if it looks messy because it will be hidden underneath the bench.
6. When finished screw the seat back in.
This is how it looks underneath the bench.
Add a cute pillow and you get a simple comfortable welcoming new bench!