If you have kids that are hard on your furniture and make lots of messes, then you’re going to want to make this DIY removable bench seat cover! These are so easy to sew up, wash, and put back on.
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I used the wrong type of fabric on my no sew bench cushions so it ripped. With young kids, I really need something washable. The kids are just so hard on my furniture.
They make so many messes. Especially at the dinner table! So when my kitchen bench cushion fabric started ripping, I knew I was going to have to make something that was removable and easy to wash.
Of course, if I was going to make new bench seat covers, I also needed to make covers for my chairs!
DIY Removable Bench Seat Cover
The first thing to do is pick a fabric. This was pretty easy this time. I had a bunch of drop cloth at my house and it seemed like the perfect fabric for this project.
Drop cloth is durable, washable, and easily dyed. I had drop cloth on my chair cushions a while back, but the kids were too hard on the cream color. So I knew I wanted to dye them.
I bought some black Rit dye and dyed the drop cloth in my washing machine. It was so easy! And turned out so cute. You could choose any color.
I’m not super great at sewing. My first sewing project was some pillows for the bench that I made right before I made these removable covers. So my skills are not great.
I knew I needed this to be as simple as possible. Basically, all you need to know is how to sew Velcro on to fabric. There’s no crazy pockets or anything like that.
The Velcro does all the heavy lifting in this DIY removable bench seat cover!
You just need to kind of tuck the corners. It’s not perfect, but they stay put for the most part. I just wedge them in between the two pieces of wood and it stays down!
- Optional: Dye your fabric. Follow the directions on the Rit dye bottle.
- Measure your benches, length , width, and height. Mine are 6'x16" and 4'x16". The height is 2.25". Add your height x 2 to each side and then add 2-4 extra inches for overhang and to add the Velcro to.
- Measure and cut your drop cloth. I cut mine to 6 feet 9 inches by 2 feet and 4 feet 9 inches by 2 feet.
- Lay your fabric on the floor and put the cushions on top, measure where your velcro should go. Pin sew on Velcro to your drop cloth.
- Sew the Velcro on. I did two on each long side and one on each short side.
- Attach the stick on Velcro to the Velcro on your fabric. Lay the fabric on the floor and put the cushions on top. Pull the fabric tight over the cushions.
- Take the sticky backing off the Velcro and stick to the wood back of the cushions. Do this all the way around for each cushion.
- Tuck the corners in and done!