Late last night I finished the covers for the front porch seating and applied UV and fabric protective sprays to the pads and some Hancock Fabric’s home dec pillows I bought just because I couldn’t resist their Bright Colored Threads. I was going to do a furniture delivery of 1000 miles with my husband but I begged off to finish up projects here today and he left at 3am by himself.
In 2007, just out of chemo and radiation, I had to make the soft furnishings for our newly remodeled preschool that was due to open that Fall. I posted about making those cushion covers here: How to Make Upholstered Coverings [….] Please take a look at that post if you’d like to see more of the Reader’s Digest Complete Guide to Sewing 1978 edition furniture sewing section. I also published a Flikr set entitled “Making a Piped Cushion”
Back then I didn’t follow the instructions for sewing the cushions, I added zippers down the center of the coverings
or made an extra deep overlap so I could use velcro.
I did not want an opening on the side where spilled liquids might run into the batting covered foam pad so I did the extra planning to make the center opening inaccessible
Those cushions are still going strong now almost 4 years later.
This go-round, I followed the directions for making zippered foam pad covers and inserted the zips into the side seam as per the instructions. This way I can turn the pads over and use the bottom side if need be.
Again I covered the foam with batting to round the edges of the foam pad and fill out the corners. It is glued into place using a spray adhesive.
The results were not as well sewn as I’d like, due in large part to my using two way jacket zippers with the big heavy hardware and a single zipper that is just a bit too long. See?
I fixed one line of stitching by ripping and resewing but flaked out on the other side. Maybe I’ll take that repair job on later
The corners came out not perfectly but just fine for my own use (but not for a client!)
They say practice makes perfect….
On the chair cushion I learned another lesson: make sure the zipper is exactly the right length or suffer the consequences. In this one I didn’t take into my planning the extra height of the zipper pull
and didn’t have quite enough fabric at the end of the seam. I really should fix this one, but after I take a little break, I think
So, this sewing woman is Humbled by Home Dec. And Martini Kitty is unsure if she like the changes to her little dark hide-y hole with it’s aged cushions and huge bushes
I am making a couple of smaller pillows today and haven’t quite picked the fabrics I’ll use yet. I’m working from the stash and some long-stashed cross-dyed dupionis would be beautiful. I’m trying to resist but if they aren’t used here, they may not be used at all. I will treat them with UV and fabric protectants. And then there’s a mystery fabric that’s bright and shiny and orangey too.
It is tough to decide! I have old pillow forms and could use all 3 🙂
Anyone have any feedback (besides “you’re an idiot to use silk in the sun!”)????