How was your weekend? Wasn’t the weather wonderful? PAM and HBD came for a short visit (yay!). HH and HBD watched football while PAM and I made bread. She watched part of the Craftsy Artisan Bread Making course on my laptop while I kneaded, shaped, and baked. It was so fun! (Notice the sale going on now for 50% off – scroll down a bit to see the block ad in my sidebar.)
Then, for a whole different kind of fun, we went to the birthday celebration for Mom 2 at her niece’s lake cabin. I think we had enough fun to last us all until her next birthday. 🙂
Today, I want to show you my easy way for marking chair seats when you’re making cushions. I made this pillow from a grain sack last year.
Actually, I didn’t make anything. I just sewed four little ribbons onto the sack, popped a pillow form inside, did a sort of “fancy” fold, and tied the ribbons.
When I wanted to quickly put together a chair cushion for my Project Studio sewing chair, I decided to use the grain sack.
The easiest way (for me, anyway) to mark the shape of a chair cushion is to place paper in the seat and mark the seat with a crayon.
I like to run a straight edge of the paper along the straight edge of the chair. Cuts down time.
Run the crayon inside the arms, spindles, or whatever back and sides your chair has on it. On outer edges with a hard corner, run the side of the crayon over the edge. Easy-peasy.
Cut out the first half and fold back for a test run. My seat has a ridge that runs just inside the rails and about an inch and a half from the circular part leading to the arm. I marked that with the side of the crayon, just like the outer edge. That works for any hard ridges you’re marking.
See how easy that is? Now fold the paper over to meet the markings on the other side and trim.
Place the pattern inside the seat for any additional trimming.
Now that our pattern is complete, trace around it with a Sharpie marker on 2″ high density foam. I used a scrap piece. Gotta love that.
Just as I demonstrated in Easily Cut and Cover High-Density Foam, do the same thing here with the electric knife. The sharper the blade, the easier it is.
Place the foam inside your grain sack. Fold the sack in the same manner as with the No-Sew Grain Sack Pillow.
My chair has rails, so I tied the ribbons around a couple.
This was the easiest project I’ve done in a while.
Now, I’m wondering…why did I wait so long to do this? My chair is so much more comfy now!
Do you have a chair that needs some padding? What are you waiting for? Let’s do this! 🙂
I’m sharing this tutorial at Metamorphosis Monday. Join us, y’all!