Several weeks ago I went ahead and made a seat cushion for the truck. I'm a believer in using whatever you have and what I had was bubble wrap. We have plenty of it from moving breakables across the world on a shipping container and it makes a nice cushion when piled up. Before I give you the details of how I made it, I'd like to offer a few suggestions for those who might not have such a huge supply of bubble wrap and don't want to buy any. Several other options for a seat come to mind:
a sturdy shoe box (or box about that size)
a piece of thick foam from a fabric/craft store
a small pillow
just leave it out- If you cut the windshield low enough, just let the kid sit on the floor of the box. He won't mind.
Ok, here is how I made my bubble wrap seat:
1- Stack up enough bubble wrap to be as thick as you want the seat. Mine measures about four and three quarters.
2- Wrap tape around all layers of bubble wrap starting with a piece around the center. Then do tape strips close to the edges. You can use any sort of sturdy tape you have: Duck Tape, Masking Tape, Box Tape. Scotch may not be strong enough.
3- Cut a piece of fabric big enough that it will cover the top and sides of the bubble wrap and wrap around to the bottom where it will be secured.
4- There is no exact science to how I covered the bubble wrap with fabric. I used a hot glue gun and stretched and folded the fabric as I worked my way around.
When I got out the box last week and started put the whole thing together I realized that my seat stuck out a bit too far. It was easy enough to alter. I ripped the fabric back off and used a knife to slice through the bubble wrap. Then I re-taped the edge I had cut and recovered it with fabric. Initially the cushion measured twelve by twelve. I cut it down to twelve by eight and a half.
Here is a picture of the final product.
Any other thoughts on what might make a good seat cushion?