Step-by-step tutorial to make your own Ballard-style tufted French mattress cushion in just a few hours using basic material and sewing skills.
I’m SO excited to finally be able to share this tufted French mattress cushion I made because it’s been 2 years in the making. Yes, really. It was in the plan back when we completed our French-style bench out of a pair of broken chairs (because that was inspired by a Ballard Designs bench that is no longer available with a similar cushion) and it’s been sitting half-completed in my workroom ever since.
Like many other things I put off, by the time I actually get to it I can’t believe I didn’t get it done sooner – it literally took only a couple of hours.
Not only that, it’s not hard, requiring only straight-stitch machine sewing and basic running-stitch hand sewing. I made sure to take pictures along the way so I would be able to show you how to make one too, and I’m passing on a few tips and tricks I learned to hopefully make it even easier for you!
How to make a Tufted French Mattress Cushion
What you’ll need:
(Amazon links provided for your information)
- 2″ to 3″ thick foam cut to desired size
- quilt batting – enough to completely cover foam piece
- sturdy fabric to cover top, bottom & sides of foam (I used a piece of cotton canvas drop cloth, but about 1 yard of upholstery-weight fabric will cover most chair cushions and 1-1/2 yards for bench-sized cushions)
- ball-head pins, thread (regular for machine sewing and quilting or button weight for hand sewing), upholstery needle, sewing machine
- optional: disappearing ink fabric marker, small fabric-covered buttons, small craft scissors
Click the arrow for all the steps!