Dorm Crafts: Make Your Own Stadium Seat

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    Crafts: Make a Stadium Seat

    These easy-to-make stadium seats will keep you comfortable at the big game. Photo by Jackie Burrell

    Whether it is a chilly set of bleachers at an early morning water polo game or the wooden benches by the baseball field, parental cheering can be tough on the bottom. You will be much more comfortable sitting atop this cushy little DIY stadium seat.

    This easy, inexpensive project can be whipped up in an afternoon and customized to show your loyalties with college-print fabrics. If you are a pro football fan, it's easy to make these to represent your team as well. 

    These cushions will makes a...MORE nice addition to your stash of tailgating party supplies too. Coordinate or use the same fabric as your tailgate napkins. Don't forget to wear your team gear - t-shirts, hats, socks, jackets - dressing for the big day is a great way to get in the spirit!

    Supplies Needed for a DIY Stadium Seat

    • Two square or rectangular foam pads.
      This example uses foam that is 1x15x17 inches.
    • Two pieces of college-print fabric and two of a contrasting print.
      2 1/2 inches wider and 2 1/2 inches longer than the foam pads.
    • Grommets and a grommet setting tool.
    • 1 yard of 1/2-inch webbing or grosgrain ribbon in a coordinating color
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    Step 1: Prepare the fabric


    You have your supplies, now it's time to put these stadium seats together.


    1. Trim the pieces of fabric so they are exactly the same size.
    2. Make an inch-deep hem all the way around by folding the fabric and pressing it into place with a hot iron.

    To Sew or Not to Sew:

    The next step is to secure a hem in the fabric. Some people hate to sew or don't have a machine while others love the ease of whipping up a quick hemline.

    There are options for everyone...

    • Sew a running stitch around the borders.
    • Use...MORE fusible webbing or bonding tape, such as Stitch Witchery, to secure the edges.
    • Go the quickie route and simply iron the hem into place.
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    Step 2: Space out the grommets



    1. For the first pillow, pair up a piece of the collegiate fabric and a piece of the coordinating print. Place the wrong sides together with edges matched neatly.
    2. Use a fabric marker or ballpoint pen and mark a dot at each corner, a half inch from the edges.
    3. Add three or more dots, evenly spaced, along the long edges and, at least, two along each short edge.

    There should be at least 14 dots in all.

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    Step 3: Add the grommets

    In this step, you will use the grommet tool to punch holes at each dot you just marked.

    Grommets come in pairs: one with a shallow neck and one with a deeper neck.

    1. Thread the deeper-necked grommet through the first hole (use the point of a closed pair of scissors to widen the hole, if necessary).
    2. Make sure it goes through all of the layers.
    3. Attach the grommet's mate and use the grommet tool to pinch it securely.
    4. Work your way around three sides of the fabric.

    Note: The corner grommets will be more...MORE difficult because there are more layers to penetrate.


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    Step 4 - Add the Foam Pad


    1. Once you have completed three sides, insert the foam pad.
    2. Finish adding grommets to the fourth side.

    **STOP! Repeat steps 2-4 for to create the second pillow.

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    Step 5 - Tie the Cushions Together


    You should now have two fully-covered foam pillows.

    1. Cut the webbing or ribbon in half.
    2. Thread the end of one piece through a grommet near the top of one pillow - not the corner grommet, but the one at the 3/4 mark.
    3. Tie a big knot so it won't pull through. This pillow is going to be the back of the seat.
    4. Thread the other end of the ribbon through the same grommet on the other pillow, the seat.
    5. Repeat steps 2-4 on the opposite side of the cushions.
    6. Tie the knots on the seat cushion so the ribbon...MORE supports the back. It will form an L-shaped seat when you sit.


    That's it! Take it to the big game or tailgate party or give it to someone special. This project is so quick that it makes a perfect last minute gift.