Thursday, April 19, 2012

It's a wowza continued

 


I finally completed a project I have been ready to do forever.  The one snafu was this:  I had bought two small cube bookcases, added leg kits from IKEA, but needed to finish it off with a pad to make it a bench.  Upholstery foam or padding isn't cheap.  I knew this bench was more for aesthetics then use, so I didn't truly want to invest in such foam.  Thanks to Daffodil Design for giving me that wowza moment...she used a 3" camping foam mattress, cut it to size and wrapped it in cotton!  Hello....genius.  So, off to Walmart I went.  Unfortunately, they didn't have anything in the camping section, so I headed to the bedding section.  I picked up a twin size foam mattress topper and knew it could serve the same purpose, just with a little more work.
So here we go...

I cut the mattress pad to the length of my bench

 and then I measured the depth of my bench, repeated as many times as I could get to fit, using the width of the twin pad. You can vaguely see my pen marks.  I would get three cuts, which would equal about 3" when stacked. Perfect
There was a lot of measuring to be done in order to get the pattern...I am not a pattern girl.  I sew pillows all the time and never measure ever, so this was new to me.  I wanted it to look pretty squared off though so I knew I had to have the same cuts for each piece.  So I made my pattern out of cute wrapping paper...it kept me going.  Two of the same size for the top and bottom.  Two of the long side pieces and two of the short side pieces.  Let the tracing and cutting begin.
I had to capture that this is so my life...using a tape measure and a dog bone to hold down my pattern piece. 

Once I cut all the pieces out, it was then a crazy amount of pinning.  Pinning every single side to each other.  I am not a professional sewer in any way so I suggest looking up how to make a box style cushion for true directions. 

This project took me hours, hours, hours.  Way longer then expected, but I wasn't going to stop.  So through my daughters nap time, through play time and up until dinner I was sewing away.  Thank goodness my sewing machine cooperated.  Have you ever started a sewing project only to have your sewing machine have a day of pms...it happens to me often?  The thread will break, the thread gets all tangled on the back side of the fabric, the needle breaks etc.  Thankfully it was nice to me during this project. 

Here is my kids new bench cushion...




3 comments:

  1. The cushion and bench seat look fantastic! I am not much of a seamstress, so I admire your desire to take on this project. I know I couldn't do it. What a fun little area you have created for your kids!

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  2. So cute Bri!! You did such a great job!

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  3. wow, this looks great! good idea to use the cheaper foam thing....really does look nice. what do the kids think?

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