Quick and Easy DIY Seat Cushions!

Quick and Easy DIY Seat Cushions

– Seriously, this has to be one of the simplest updates one can do!


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Hello, Iron Orchid Design friends! It’s Heather from Thicketworks, and I’m so pleased to be here with you today!

I’m constantly on the prowl for cast-offs that need some love…I know you know what I mean.

These two dated chairs were sidelined like Wallflowers at the Prom, til I spotted them and heard them whispering:

“Take us home…we have so much potential. Just a little help from you, and we’ll be the Belle of the Ball…”

How does one resist such charm? I wouldn’t know – didn’t even try!

Quick and Easy DIY Seat Cushions | Iron Orchid Designs Decor Stamps

The dated and frumpy finish was the first item of business, and that transformation is detailed HERE, if you’re interested.

However, our concern today is with that lackluster seat cushion fabric. What can be done?




If you haven’t got your hands on the Iron Orchid Design Decor Stamps yet,

you will be as happy as I was to discover:

  • They’re HUGE – there just aren’t any other stamps on the market with this impact
  • They’re excellent quality
  • The motifs are PERFECT for Home Decor (and paper-crafting too!)


For this project I wanted a bold focal point.

The “Fleur” Collection has an amazing Damask Floral – just what was needed.

The stamps mount onto the acrylic stamp block, making it easy to align your images.

Note: I chose to use both the IOD block + another acrylic block in order to have a bit more control, but it’s not necessary.

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I didn’t have access to a dry-foam stamp pad, and perhaps you don’t either.

A simple ceramic tile and brayer works beautifully with the Decor Ink.

Just shake the ink thoroughly, and spread a small line onto your tile.

Use the brayer to spread the ink and coat the roller completely.

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Transfer an even coat of ink to the surface of the mounted stamp with the brayer:

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Position the motif on the fabric, and press.

Allow the ink to contact the fabric for several seconds, and press all over the top of the acrylic block to ensure an even transfer of ink:

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Carefully lift off the acrylic block, and admire the gorgeous motif!

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Add additional elements to your design:

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We could leave it like this…so pretty!

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But hey, more is MORE! A final floral flourish along the lower edge completes our graphic design.

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Note: for ease of clean-up, gently scrub the stamps, ceramic tile and brayer with warm water and liquid detergent or IOD Stamp Cleaner before the ink cures.

Allow the stamps to dry, then replace them in the packaging to keep them clean and ready for the next transformation!

Allow the fabric to dry thoroughly, then staple your seat covers in place:

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Our little Wallflowers are ready to Waltz into their new home!

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I couldn’t be happier with the results, or with the ease of this project!

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Thank you for visiting Iron Orchid Designs today.

 I hope you feel encouraged to try your hand at using the Decor Stamps – you’ll LOVE them!

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Until next time,


P.S. visit Thicketworks for a world of quirky and bizarre projects and techniques! The door is always open…usually because of the fumes from Mad Scientist experiments!

You might also enjoy this post on how to beautify a tissue box using IOD Decor Moulds:

Upcycled Tissue Box | Thicketworks for IOD

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  1. Katyh van Gogh on June 16, 2016 at 7:32 am

    Heather! You rock woman! Thank you for this awesome How To. I have Ikea stools in my kitchen and the covers are so stained from my kids and granddaughter. I’m going to buy new covers which are only $10 each and do this to them! I LOVE YOU! THANK YOU! BTW, do you think it would help to heat set these by ironing with a press cloth?

    • Heather K Tracy | Thicketworks on June 16, 2016 at 11:10 am

      Hey – it’s Kathy! Hello my creative friend…love the idea of up-scaling those Ikea pieces (goodness know I have a few tucked around the house myself!) You could heat set, if planning to launder, but it’s not necessary. The ink is permanent! Woo hoo! Thanks for all the love- you ROCK

      • Katyh van Gogh on June 16, 2016 at 11:43 am

        XOXO THanks ! I didn’t know that about the ink! You are so sweet and talented!

    • Scrapnsister on August 1, 2016 at 6:39 pm

      Loving this easy update

  2. barb macaskill on June 16, 2016 at 7:36 am

    FANTABULOUS! These chairs have awesome bones and your makeover has made them even more beautiful!! TFS!

  3. Josie on June 16, 2016 at 8:19 am

    Heather, youve done it again!!! I love love love this project! Keep em comin!

  4. Cyndy Dwyer on June 19, 2016 at 7:44 am

    Just stunning!!! Thanks for all the tips on how to use the ink and stamps!!!

  5. Jennifer Snyder on June 24, 2016 at 11:48 am

    Beyond brilliant. Sometimes the simple ideas make the most impact. This is one of those times. Thanks Heather – you rock it!

    • Heather K Tracy | Thicketworks on June 24, 2016 at 6:30 pm

      Awww…Thank you Jennifer! I know you know how much I love experimenting. Restraint has never been my strong suit, but simplicity won {for once}. Thank goodness!

  6. Mike on December 20, 2016 at 4:14 am

    This is the best. Cant wait to try it on my next chair makeover project

  7. Tammy on January 27, 2017 at 9:22 pm

    This is exactly what I was looking for! I just painted and distressed some dining chairs and covered them in drop cloth and was
    originally going to stencil a design on the but this is so much easier with more detail! Is the ink permanent or do you have to treat it in some way.

    • Heather K Tracy | Thicketworks on January 28, 2017 at 5:32 am

      Hi Tammy! The ink is permanent once heat set – making it an ideal choice for your chair seats…so glad this is of use to you, and have fun, my friend. xox

  8. Mara LaFay on June 14, 2017 at 6:18 am

    I’m so excited to try these,I’ve purchased several but am not able to get the 10×12 clear stamp block to attach the stamps . I’ve tried to order from Amazon and they will not ship to me ,PLease help!!

  9. Julia Da Silva on September 17, 2018 at 7:07 am

    Hola Te sigo desde España, me encanta tus trabajos.
    Te sigo en tu canal de youtube.
    He pedido por amazon algunos moldes y sellos y siempre me anulan el pedido….
    Como los puedo conseguir?

    • IOD Customer Service IOD Customer Service on September 18, 2018 at 11:24 am

      Hello Julia!
      Our products are available only through approved IOD stockists, so click here to find a brick and mortar store near you or an online retail location!

  10. Dale Tebbe on April 18, 2020 at 5:18 pm

    Wondering if anyone has tried the ink on jeans…which will be washed and washed washed and.l.well you get the drift. I’d love to do this on my jeans but don’t want to waste time if it will eventually fade away.

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