Make It: Colorful Painted Chair Cushions!

by Capree K

Make It: Colorful Painted Chair Cushions!

After honing your painting skills fixing all those thrift store paintings, you should be more than ready to take on this project!  Learn how to turn plain canvas seat cushions into functional works of art--for cheap!  

 

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Jacinda Boneau, one half of the fantastic DIY site Prudent Baby, was inspired by the hand-painted pillows of Wary Meyers but knew that splurging on one-of-a-kind art piece cushions was out of the question (and the budget).  In true DIY fashion, she decided to make her own for a fraction of the cost without sacrificing an ounce of style.  And for this Jacinda gets a big ol' stamp of approval from us!  Well done!

Feeling inspired to make your own colorful "abstract art" seat cushions?  Check out the full tutorial over on Prudent Baby!

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Make a Beefy Bolster Pillow from Old Towels

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

 

Make a Beefy Bolster Pillow from Old Towels

Let me just share this nifty RE-Use project with you. I'll be showing you how you can put those old ratty towels you're tempted to away to good use. Remember the cool way you used to roll a beach towel with your cute little bathing suit tucked tightly in the middle and ride your bike off to the pool? That delightful childhood memory gave me the idea for this super easy beefy bolster which ends up being a fantastic end-of-the-couch nap pillow and uses those old beach towels that hold so many memories.

Materials and Tools:

Sewing machine

scissors

3/4 yard of fabric

old towels

measuring tabpe

straight pins

cording (optional)

dacron to wrap around towels (optional)

spray adhesive to attach dacron (optional)

needle and thread to close pillow

paint can or something round for a template

chalk

welt cording (optional)

Let's Get Going:

1.  Assemble materials:

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 2.  Roll up old towels and take measurements. Wrap up in dacron and spray with adhesive.

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3. Trace two end circles onto fabric for the ends. Fold in half and make notches for alignment.

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4.  Stitch cording around the outside edges of the ends. Measure finished ends.

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 5. Make it easy, go to your computer and find out the circumference of the diameter of your circle, add one inch and cut out a rectangle that measures c + 1" x length of towel roll + 1". Fold this piece in half, clip notches at the two folded ends. You need to pin and stitch the long opening closed but leave enough of it open to stuff your towel roll inside, at least 10".

6.  Pin the stitched tube (matching notches) to the two corded ends.

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7.  Cut off seam allowance to 1/4".

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8.  Turn right side out and stuff towel roll inside. If necessary, add some dacron to the two ends.

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9.  Pin and hand stitch the opening closed.

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10. Get ready for a cozy nap with your new beefy bolster.

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Simple Ways to Turn a Twin Bed into a Day Bed

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

Simple Ways to Turn a Twin Bed into a Day Bed

Photo: furniturestoreblog.com

What exactly is a day bed, you ask? It's a twin bed disguised as a sofa by day and used as a bed at night. If your tiny space necessitates double duty for your bed, it's really quite simple to convert almost any twin bed into a day bed. Here are three pretty simple ways you can pimp out your twin bed into a multi-tasking day bed.

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photo: www.ascotteak.com

1. If you have a headboard and footboard, attach a piece or two of painted or stained wood running the length of one long side of the bed to make a sofa "back". It's easier to make up the bed if you attach slats rather than a solid piece of wood. Now you can add pillows all around the three closed in sides to make a comfy sofa-like seating area by day, throw off the throw pillows at night and sleep tight.

2.  If you only have a headboard, push one long side up against the wall so the wall will act as the back of the sofa. Make or have an upholsterer make the angled bolsters like the ones in the photo. Even if you only have three sides to the bed decked out in these bolsters, it will give you the same effect. Of course you could still do this style if you have a headboard and a footboard.

3.  The third option is to attach cushions or pillows directly to the wall behind the bed. You could sew ribbons on the pillows and hang them to fall at the right back height, or you could add snaps to pillows and attach a small fabric covered rail to the wall to which you've installed the other side of the snaps. There are many ways you could attach a cushioned section directly onto the wall along the long side of the bed.

The bed in the top photo looks 95% DIY-able. I think I could even make that.

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Photo: thewondrous.com

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How To: Repair Ripped Out Slipcover Seams

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

How To: Repair Ripped Out Slipcover Seams

Slipcovers can be a lifesaver - until you see what happens at the dry cleaners. Unfortunately, not all slipcovers have neat, finished, serged seams inside. If the seams have been stitched with a very skimpy seam allowance, a tumble at the dry cleaners will likely leave you frowning when you get them back.  Here is a quick little pic-torial to show you how to fix those torn seams yourself and save $$$.

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DIY ModUpholstery: Mock Tufting

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

created on: 09/06/08
 

 The problem at hand was those annoying, yet luxurious, down-filled back cushions.  Everytime anyone would get up from the loveseat, the back cushions were smashed down, seams all askew.  My compulsive self had to walk over, re-fluff, straighten and then I could move on.

Don't the best solutions just come to you in the simplest of ideas??

My first thought was to make some covered buttons and pull those through the cushions to give a modern...

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Mid Century Modern Makeover: Upholstered Seats

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

created on: 07/04/08

Finally, the last step of this project - the seats.  The snaps and the backs were more entailed, these  are standard, boxed, no cord, with top stitching. 

Take apart the seat tops and boxing, lay it out on your new fabric and cut out the pieces. 

1.  Check out the condition of the foam.  If it has become compressed, try using a steamer to refresh the old foam.  This foam bounced right back.

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2.  Mark the center points on front and back of...

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Mid Century Modern Makeover: The Back Cushions

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

created on: 07/03/08

Making the back cushions was the only complicated part of this project.  Once I figured out the length of the tabs and how to set the snaps, it was a breeze.

1. The first thing I did was take apart the old back cushion and trace it on the new fabric.

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2.  Make the snap tabs using the old pattern.

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3.  Cut bias strip 1 3/4" wide for welt cord.  See my welt cord tutorial.

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4. Starting at the center of the bottom I stitched the cording...

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Mid Century Modern Makeover: The Back Cushions

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

created on: 07/03/08

Making the back cushions was the only complicated part of this project.  Once I figured out the length of the tabs and how to set the snaps, it was a breeze.

1. The first thing I did was take apart the old back cushion and trace it on the new fabric.

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2.  Make the snap tabs using the old pattern.

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3.  Cut bias strip 1 3/4" wide for welt cord.  See my welt cord tutorial.

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4. Starting at the center of the bottom I stitched the cording...

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Step-by-Step Upholstered Cushion for Everywhere in Your Home

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

created on: 04/02/08

Kitchen chairs, bar stools, porch furniture, patio furniture, window seats, sofas, chairs, floor pillows, dog beds, doll beds, cat beds, and that's all I can think of, this tutorial will show you step-by-step how to make your own boxed and corded cushions.

You can ditch the cord for a more modern look. 

Have at it this Spring with the beautiful large graphic print fabrics available for the interior and the new outdoor fabrics--to die for!

Let's get started-

what you need:

sewing machine

zipper foot

fabric

foam for cushion

scissors

batting

stuffing

zipper

what you do:

1. using old cushion cover, foam cushion, template or measurements, trace cushion pattern on wrong side of doubled fabric

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2. cut out boxing long enough to go around cushion front and two short sides, the back piece will be the zipper piece

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This cushion measured 40" x 30" x 5".  The front piece of boxing was cut from a width of fabric measureing 54" x 6".   The front piece wrapped around the sides 7" on each side.  1/2" will be lost to a seam allowance on each side.  Two additional pieces measuring 25" x 6" were stitched on both short ends of the front boxing piece.  It's better to have a little extra than not enough.

3. stitch both short boxing strips to either end of the front boxing

4. stitch zipper boxing to one end of zipper boxing

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5. cut notches to mark center points of top and bottom of cushion cover, center of long boxing piece and center of zipper piece as guides when pinning and sewing pieces together

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6. with raw edge of cording lip lined up with raw edge of cushion top piece, starting in middle of one long side, stitch cording on top piece all the way around

7. at corners, snip lip of cording to allow cording to turn corner, keep stitching close to cording

8. when coming around to start point, cut cording at a point approximately two inches beyond start of stitched down cording

9. open stitching up about 1 1/2 inches, snip off cording at the point where it butts up to other cording end

10. fold fabric back and under, encasing other end of cord and stitch down

TIP:   See: Curbly's How-To Reupholster Round Bar Stools for a photo of finishing the cord ends

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11. stitch cording to both top and bottom pieces

12. aligning notches on cushion top piece and long boxing piece, pin boxing to cushion top, right side to right side

13. match notch on zipper boxing piece to notch on back of cushion top, pin corners to corners, pin all the way around and stitch

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 TIP: Always stitch with the smaller piece placed on top of the larger piece

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14. anticipating where the open boxing end will meet the open zipper boxing end, pin and stitch together so that boxing is continuous all the way around the cushion

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15. pin the cushion bottom piece exactly the same way as the top, matching notches and corners to keep cushion straight

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16. turn right side out

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17. get foam ready to stuff in to cushion cover

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18. scrunching and wrestling with the foam cushion, insert it into cushion cover

19. work the foam around, adjusting cushion cover to make the cushion look uniform and smooth

20. use extra stuffing in corners to fill out cushion (every upholsterer does this)

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21. zip up the back and enjoy your new skill

TIP:  Sometimes there is a little extra between the zippe and the foam, in that case, cut a strip of batting to fill in the extra space. 

Start fabric shopping for all the new cushions you will make this Spring.

It gets easier every time you do it.

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Simple Steps to Make Welt Cord/Piping

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

created on: 04/02/08

Almost all pillows, cushions and upholstery is finished with fabric covered welt cord/piping.  Here is a simple tutorial for you to see how easy it is to make. 

what you need:

cord to cover

strips of fabric, cut on the bias, sewn together

sewing machine

what you do:

1. cut fabric on the bias (diagonally) into strips

I use 5/32" cording so I cut 1 3/4" strips of fabric.  I couldn't cut these strips on the bias because I didn't have enough fabric.  It was thin so it had some "give".

I use a rotary cutter and quilting ruler for fast, straight cutting

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2. stitch strips together at an angle, as shown

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3. place cord inside your fabric strips and sew

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4. coil your fabric cording and set aside to use

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Tip:  1/2" yard of fabric will yield 7 yards of cording

Get ready to add this to the boxed and corded cushion that is on its way.

 

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Simple Steps to Make Welt Cord/Piping

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

created on: 04/02/08

Almost all pillows, cushions and upholstery is finished with fabric covered welt cord/piping.  Here is a simple tutorial for you to see how easy it is to make. 

what you need:

cord to cover

strips of fabric, cut on the bias, sewn together

sewing machine

what you do:

1. cut fabric on the bias (diagonally) into strips

I use 5/32" cording so I cut 1 3/4" strips of fabric.  I couldn't cut these strips on the bias because I didn't have enough fabric.  It was thin so it had some "give".

I use a rotary cutter and quilting ruler for fast, straight cutting

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2. stitch strips together at an angle, as shown

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3. place cord inside your fabric strips and sew

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4. coil your fabric cording and set aside to use

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Tip:  1/2" yard of fabric will yield 7 yards of cording

Get ready to add this to the boxed and corded cushion that is on its way.

 

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Simple Steps to Make Welt Cord/Piping

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

created on: 04/02/08

Almost all pillows, cushions and upholstery is finished with fabric covered welt cord/piping.  Here is a simple tutorial for you to see how easy it is to make. 

what you need:

cord to cover

strips of fabric, cut on the bias, sewn together

sewing machine

what you do:

1. cut fabric on the bias (diagonally) into strips

I use 5/32" cording so I cut 1 3/4" strips of fabric.  I couldn't cut these strips on the bias because I didn't have enough fabric.  It was thin so it had some "give".

I use a rotary cutter and quilting ruler for fast, straight cutting

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2. stitch strips together at an angle, as shown

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3. place cord inside your fabric strips and sew

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4. coil your fabric cording and set aside to use

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Tip:  1/2" yard of fabric will yield 7 yards of cording

Get ready to add this to the boxed and corded cushion that is on its way.

 

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