DIY Chair Pads from Feed Bags

Kitchen chair pads that are water- and stain-resistant, colorful, and inexpensive can be hard to find. Here’s one solution that uses recycled feed bags.

| August/September 2015

Homemade Chair Cushions

Homemade chair cushions can add country charm to any home.

Photo by Sandra Vail

A few months ago, I was in a predicament. My cloth chair cushions looked awful — they were ripped and stained. I was embarrassed to have company over. I went to a big fabric store, but I couldn’t find anything I really liked. The patterns were nice, but I’m a practical kind of gal and I was looking for something truly durable. I needed a cover that would repel spills and stains and wouldn’t easily rip.

That’s when I thought of feed bags! They’re colorful, sturdy and waterproof. My husband loved the idea, so we started refinishing the chairs the next morning. We cut feed and seed bags about one-and-a-half times bigger than the chair cushions, and then centered them to our taste. We then stapled the bags over the old fabric. This project was simple and cheap, and I love the way the new seat covers add “country and color” to our kitchen. You can also watch a step-by-step YouTube video of us assembling the homemade seat covers.

Sandra Vail
Genoa City, Wisconsin

mother earth news fair


Oct. 21-22, 2017
Topeka, KS.

More than 150 workshops, great deals from more than 200 exhibitors, off-stage demos, inspirational keynotes, and great food!