Over the years, I have managed to bring life back into old couch cushions. Add a layer of polyester batting/fiberfill to help rejuvenate a saggy or soft cushion. A couch with zippered covers is slightly easier to work with because you do not have to re-sew the cushion cover. Minimal hand sewing is required to secure the polyester batting over the new cushion.
Things You’ll Need
Cloth tape measure
New sheet foam (if desired)
8-inch sharp scissors
Furniture grade silicone spray
Step 1 – Remove a cushion from your couch. Measure the width, length and depth of the cushion.
Step 2 – Cut a piece of foam of the appropriate depth, to fit each cushion. To cut, measure and mark the foam with a permanent marker. Push down firmly along the line to compress. Cut through the foam with a utility knife or a pair of 8-inch sharp scissors.
Step 3 – Wrap a cloth tape measure around the width of the cut foam. Add two inches for an overlap. Repeat the measuring process around the length of the newly cut foam cushion. Cut two pieces of polyester batting to the dimensions.
Step 4 – Make a large plus sign from the two pieces of cut batting. Place the newly cut cushion in the center of the plus sign. Wrap the arms of the plus sign around the cushion. Cut excess polyester batting from the cushion edges.
Step 5 – Locate the zipper on the back of the cushion. Unzip and remove the old cushion. If there is no zipper, open the back seam with a seam ripper far enough to remove the old cushion.
Step 6 – Turn the cushion over so the overlapped ends are on the bottom. Slide the cushion inside the cover.
Step 7 – Zip or hand sew the cover together. Place the newly stuffed cushion on your couch.
Tips – Whipstitch the overlap of the polyester batting together for added durability.