Sunday, 7 March 2010

Tripp Trapp Cushion Cover


My girls have Tripp Trapp chairs which they have had since they were about 6 months old. We've always found them to be fantastic as they allow the child to sit at the table and be part of the family rather than sitting on of those plastic chairs that end up being too far away from the table, they can also be used for such a long time as they height can be adjusted to cater for a growing child. My girls are 7 and 4 and still sit on them. When we bought them we got cushions for them which were never very soft and over the years have become a bit worn and eventually one tore the other day.

I made my usual response these days, 'I'll make you a new one!' and as I couldn't find a pattern online anywhere I used the old ones for reference and set about making them. The seat is make up of 2 panels curved on one side to match the seat shape with 2 flaps underneath to hold onto the chair.

I sandwiched the layers together but you have to be careful about which way you layer then (don't ask me how I know!) so you need them with the smaller pieces facing the same way as shown here.

(The view into the cushion)

I sewed 3 edges together leaving the curved edge open. The girls aways complained that the cushions weren't soft enough so I put 2 layers of 6oz wadding inside.

The piece is cut to the same shape as the chair but slightly smaller to fit inside the cover.

My machine has an overlocker function on it but its not as powerful as a dedicated overlocker so I found that I had to overlock one layer of wadding to one cushion side and the one to the other and then overlock them together.

As you can see the smaller piece is sewn with the right sides together which then flip over covering the overlocking stitches and hold onto the seat.

I sewed a line of stitches about 1/3 and 2/3 of the way across and half way down the seat to hold the wadding in place, the original had the same.

(Action shots!)

So there you are, two seat covers with more cushioning than before and saving myself £40! The girls think they are great and I'm quite pleased.

I'd give myself a A- for this project! What would you give me?!


  1. Oh, this is GREAT! And you made them even better than they were before is even better! I'd give you an A++!

  2. Your cushions are lovely and I love the candy stripe material you've used. Jaqui x

  3. about to start the same project on 3 tripp trapps - cant get teh cusions for the old style high back anywhere - how much material did you need?

  4. Wow, I've emailed this to my mum so she can get started, awesome blog!

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