This was a much more productive run! Amazing what can happen when you have all the right materials at your disposal! Last time I sat down to reupholster a seat for my dinette I had a chair pad (foam) that was several inches too narrow on all fronts. How frustrating! I went back to JoAnn a few days ago and swapped those chair pads for squares ones that were 22″ on each side. They only had three 1″ high density foam pads, so I had to get 2″ thickness, praying that I had enough fabric (I did).
These covered the widest part of my seats (20″). My seats taper towards the back, so I will have to do some extra cutting.
These were my tools: a permanent marker and my bread knife. You can be fancy and use an electric meat carver, but I don’t have one.
Trace your seat with the permanent marker.
When you are cutting, MAKE SURE YOU MAINTAIN AN UP-AND-DOWN MOTION. Do NOT cut at an angle. I learned this the hard way. Your seat will be lopsided and you will have to conjure up a way fill in what you’ve cut out. (This high density foam is NOT easy to cut, so cutting small pieces to make up for mistakes won’t happen).