So this is the fabric I picked out for the 1956 Southland Runabout. It’s quite a contrast to the whimsical interior of our 61 Shasta Compact, but I really feel this vintage trailer commands a more toned down feel especially because of the darker wood interior. So this is what I decided on. I hope you like it!
Here is the finished cushions.
Ok, now on to how I made them. Please excuse my messy garage! When I work out there I tend to have everything spread all over the place (:
Before you start you’ll need to measure the length and width that each cushion will need to be when finished. Don’t assume that each space where the cushions fit in your dinette will be exactly the same, mine were not and slightly different measurements were required.
1. 1/4 inch sheet of plywood. Enough to serve as backings for each cushion.
2. 5 inch foam. I found mine at JoAnn fabrics and I bought two full pieces.
3. Fabric of your choice. For my dinette cushions I had appx 1 1/2 yards for each cushion. 1 yard is probably enough for the seat back cushion.
4. A bag of polyester batting.
5. Staple gun & staples
6. Circular saw
8. Electric knife (like the kind for cutting a turkey)
The first thing you want to do once you have all your measurements is cut your plywood. I recommend cutting it 1 -2 inch shorter on the length and width of your original measurements. Cut your foam at the exact measurements using your electric knife.
Lay your foam on top of your piece of wood. Cut and wrap a layer of batting over the top of the foam. It doesn’t need to go all the way around, just over the top and sides. The batting just helps to soften the square edges and gives it a bit more cushion.
Lay your fabric over the top of the batting. Make sure it’s even and there is enough hanging over length wise to wrap around onto the wood. Next, flip the entire thing over so that the wood side is facing up. Fold over about 1 inch of your fabric and start stapling it to the wood. Space the staples about 3 inches apart.
Once you have the one side stapled, turn it around and start on the other side. Now, on this side it’s important to pull the fabric as tight as you can before you staple it.
Now we want to work on the shorter sides. To do this think of how you wrap a Christmas gift. Fold the fabric in such a way like wrapping a gift and fold over 1 inch and staple it on top. Repeat this for the other side but remember on this side pull it as tight as you can before stapling it. If you want your edges to be as clean as possible you fold them in such a way where the fabric is square against the corners.
VOILA! You are done! See how easy that is? In the future if you need to replace your fabric or just want to in order to go with a different color scheme, all you need to do is simply staple new fabric right over the current fabric! Super easy-peazy!