Sunday, June 24, 2012

Presto Chango!

Remember these chairs from earlier this Spring? I checked and saw that I got them in the middle of March. They are supposed to be outdoor furniture, to be left out in the rain, and to be quick draining/drying. In order to do that, the cushions had to be made from stuff that didn't absorb water, but let it pass through.
Unfortunately when one sits on them for hours, knitting and watching Netflix, as we do, the life of the cushion drains out as well. They became increasingly uncomfy.
Not to mention stained from two dawgs and other messy eaters.
I wanted to be able to remove the covers and wash them, but the covers had no zippers, so I would have to unsew and resew them, and that would only solve one of the problems I had with these chairs.

 Finally I made the decision to go for new cushions entirely, comfy springy foam, with new covers too. I saw that my fave polka dot in turquoise and white was still available from, and I called Joann's Fabrics to make sure they had the right kind of foam, so I was off to the races.

Having done this before, I used my electric carving knife to cut the foam to size, 22x24x4" and then wrapped it in highloft poly batting. This hides any chips I may have cut in the foam.

Then I wrapped the cushion again in muslin and sewed it closed. Now I have an easy cushion to cover and uncover for washing.

I made sure that all four cushions would be easy on and off by sewing in a zipper. I do expect to be washing these frequently. Dawgs.

Now I just have the footrest parts to cover today, or maybe tomorrow. I think I may just enjoy the chairs and catch up on my movie watching and knitting.

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  1. Very nice job! I wonder if scotch guarding the fabric for the footrests will help keep them nice, since it would probably be difficult to make removable covers for them? And I betcha by this time next year, you will have made multiple sets of cushion covers so you can change the decor as often as you like!

  2. You are so clever. Is there anything you cannot do???? The chairs look wonderful.

  3. Love the new covers, as I love everything you do! Would you mind sharing what's you consider to be the "right kind of foam"?

  4. Love your chair cushions. Could you do a tutorial on how to do this, Melody, or maybe an upholstery-a-long? Thanks.
    sandi in chattanooga

  5. I am always amazed at your adeptness with everything you do. They're lovely and look great with the rest of the decor.

  6. You are amazing! Love the makeover on these chairs!

  7. "make sure they had the right kind of foam"

    What kind is it? I want to get it from Joann's.

  8. You are amazing. Please consider a tutorial for dummies.

  9. Anonymous11:44 AM

    How about matching armrests?

  10. Celeste Wegner12:24 PM

    Lovely, lovely, lovely. Color is so uplifting.

  11. I am wondering about the right kind of foam too. I have a bench I want to make cushions for.

  12. wow these look great!

  13. Julie9:16 PM

    Sew clever! I'd love to see a tutorial for making covers,with a I have ugly and uncomfortable porch couch cushions.

  14. you do such a beautiful job on cushions with cording! these are just so springy and bright.


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