Things You'll Need
- Sewing tape measure
- Kraft paper
- 2-inch foam pad
- Bread knife
- Hook and Loop
- Sewing machine
High chairs are active places. A baby sits in their high chair several times a day, and sometimes the high chair isn't so comfortable. Many people select wooden high chairs because they are traditional and sturdy, but these types of chairs often do not come with cushions or pads. Others select more modern high chairs and discover that the pads are covered in cheap plastic that rip with frequent scrubbing. Make your own high chair pads with the color, fabric and type of padding that you want.
Place Kraft paper against the inside back of your high chair seat back. Use a pencil to sketch the shape of the seat back. Cut out the shape and fit it to the chair to see how it fits. Fold the paper vertically in half and trim it so that both sides match. Mark this pattern as BACK. Place this fitted patten onto a larger sheet of Kraft paper and add 2 inches to all sides and cut out a new pattern called BACK SEW.
Position Kraft paper onto the bottom of the high chair seat. Sketch the shape of the seat. Trim out the seat shape and fold the paper in half to make the pattern even. Check your fitted pattern to the seat. Mark this pattern as SEAT. Place this fitted patten onto a larger sheet of Kraft paper and add 2 inches to all sides. Cut out the new pattern and mark it SEAT SEW.
Mark on each SEW pattern where you can position hook and loop tape to secure the cushion to the high chair. Usually you will sew the tape into the seams at the top and bottom of each cushion.
Place your BACK pattern on 2-inch foam pad. Trace around the pattern and cut out the cushion for the seat back using a bread knife. Place your SEAT pattern on another piece of 2-inch foam pad. Trace around the pattern and cut out the seat cushion.
Pre-wash and iron your fabric. Place your fabric right sides together and pin your BACK SEW and SEAT SEW patterns to the fabric. Cut out your fabric. Pin and cut one extra fabric piece in each pattern.
Take one of your seat back fabric pieces. Identify the top of the piece. Turn the piece face down. Fold the top of the fabric horizontally 3/8 of the way from the top of the fabric. Iron the fold. Label this piece LOWER. Take a second seat back fabric and identify the top. Turn the piece face down and fold the bottom of the fabric horizontally 3/8 of the way from the bottom of the fabric and iron the fold. Label this piece UPPER.
Cut 4-inch hook and loop tape sections for each place marked on your patterns. Take your last seat back fabric piece and position it face up on your work surface. Position and pin one 4-inch hook and loop section at each place marked on your BACK SEW pattern. Your hook and loop end will line up with the fabric edge. The long side will be toward the center of the fabric.
Position your UPPER fabric piece face down on top of your pinned fabric so that the top of the fabric piece line up. Pin around your seams. Position the LOWER fabric piece face down on top of both of your fabrics so that the bottoms line up. (Note: the UPPER fabric is folded up so it will not line up at the bottom.) Pin your seams. Sew a 1/2 inch seam completely around the edges of your cushion.
Turn your back seat cushion cover right side out. You should have a pocket on the back side where you folded the fabric. This will allow you to insert and remove your cushions for washing the cover. You should have hook and loop sections emerging from the seams. Insert your back seat cushion and it is ready to attach to the high chair.
Repeat Steps 6 to 9 for creating your seat cushion. Fold and iron the back sections to create a pocket, position your hook and loop tape at the seams and pin. Pin your back sections to your front and sew your seams. Turn your cover right side out and insert your cushion and attach it to the high chair.
The back folds are similar to pillow folds and they make accessing the cushion easy for cleaning. Make several sets so that you can have one or more in the wash.
F.R.R. Mallory has been published since 1996, writing books, short stories, articles and essays. She has worked as an architect, restored cars, designed clothing, renovated homes and makes crafts. She is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley with bachelor's degrees in psychology and English. Her fiction short story "Black Ice" recently won a National Space Society contest.