Are you planning to make brand new cushions for a contemporary rocking chair? Or do you want to replace the cushions on an antique rocker? You can find resources for doing either of these options but not necessarily in the same place.
There are many books on sewing for your home that contain information on making cushions in general, which can then be adapted to making them for a rocking chair. But you need to make sure the book covers the type of cushion you need. For example, if you have a wicker rocker with the typical rounded back, does it explain how to make a cushion for that particular shape? If you want a welted box cushion or a knife-edge tufted cushion with buttons, can you find the instructions there? If you want an all-in-one piece to fit the entire rocker, or separate pieces for the back and seat, does the book cover the type you want? And if you have a glider rocker which is wholly upholstered, does the book include that?
You don’t necessarily need to buy a book or make a trip to the library either. There are a number of online videos demonstrating how to sew chair cushions, some of them even for a specific type of rocker. Each video usually contains just one example of making a specific chair cushion, so you need to see if the video is applicable to your particular piece of furniture.
If you would rather knit or crochet your rocking chair cushion, you can find a few examples in books or online, but they are relatively rare. If you are an experienced knitter or crocheter yourself, you may want to design your own, and post it on the net to help others!
If you’re planning to restore the cushion on an older rocker, the information you’re looking for my be found in books or video on restoring antiques, rather than in those on sewing or contemporary upholstery. You may be able to adapt the directions for a contemporary cushion to the unique shape of the seat and/or back or your old rocking chair. However some of the older pieces may have a drop-in cushion with springs and horsehair padding, which will require instructions that are more likely to show up in a restoration text or video.
In addition to the instructions, you will also need to select materials from either a local fabric store such as JoAnn’s, or an online store that carries the kind of fabric and notions that you need. For example, most outdoor rocking chair cushions are made with a type of water- and uv-resistant fabric called Sunbrella. Restoring an antique may require specialty upholstery nails. Some shops that make custom cushions themselves also supply materials for the do-it-yourself customer.
Whatever type of cushion you decide to make, new or restored, you will find ample resources in your library or on the internet to help you with your project.
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