Friday, April 23, 2010

Box Cushion

It may have taken me ten days to get only part of my rocking chair seat cushion done, and I may not have started the back cushion yet which will likely take me another month to complete, but I'm so proud of myself. This is my first sewing-involved upholstery project, and I took on cutting foam to size and zippers and welting cord and making continuous fabric to cover said welting. The cover may be a little wonky, and had I hired someone to make these cushions they would surely be done by now, but the satisfaction of learning something new far outweighs the work involved. It feels great.


12 comments:

Jenny said...

Your sewing looks very professional to me! Plus, you are very brave to be using white fabric! After my son colored my upholstered chair last year with a sharpie, I tried my hand at reupholstery. I am pleased with what I was able to accomplish as well. Good work!

Kristen Laurence said...

Good for you, Jenny! So fun. About white - I chose it specifically for the fact that it can be bleached. I think we'll be doing a lot of that. :)

Grace in my Heart said...

Beautiful Kristen! You are so talented!

Melanie B said...

Wow, Kristen, you continually impress me with your ability to jump in with both feet and learn new skills. That looks great. And what a satisfaction you'll get looking at your chair when you're done!

Beth said...

Kristen,

I have no idea why but reupholstery completely intrigues me! The cushion looks GREAT! You really inspire to TRY. Curious...did you use a book, internet tutorials? I have done a few drop seats on dining room chairs. I'm about to try an upholstered wood-framed chair. I'm only at the stage of taking off the old fabric and saving for templates. Not quite to the skeleton yet. Although the original chair doesn't have a box cushion, I think for comfort, I may add one or I may just beef up the seat in the chair, itself. right now, it's pretty hard and uncomfortable.

Kimberlee said...

Splendid! It looks fantastic! You must be very pleased indeed.

Kristen Laurence said...

Beth, upholstery intrigues me too, and intimidates me! I went so slow on this cushion, watching youtube tutorials over and over again for each of the parts. I can't learn from a book - I need visuals. Every video I watched for this project was on youtube. Some are better than others, but you figure out which ones you need pretty quickly.

Abigail said...

I just want to thank you! I'm a Third Order Carmelite, so simplicity and poverty are critical virtues for me to master.

Your post on the few items in your daughter's closets years ago, really inspired me today to be brave as I threw away unnecessary items in my closet. Each kid and each adult in my home now only owns a few outfits. I allotted everyone 3 sets of causal clothes and 2 sets church clothes. For the first time, I'm so hopeful that we can more comfortably live within our limited income while still dressing with dignity--even with a 4th baby on the way. Looking sharp and comfortable at Daily Mass everyday is going to feel great!

My daughter Hannah receives her First Communion next week.I'll pray for your oldest daughter and also for the new baby who is hopefully on the way to your house!

Thank you for your generous and kindhearted blog!

Jeannine said...

Your work looks meticulous! How you will enjoy cradling your new little one on it. Truly made with love...

Jenny said...

I used youtube as well when I reupholstered the chair. youtube is also great for knitting stitches I don't often encounter.

Mary said...

Well done Kristen!! It looks really good. I have only done draperies, pillows and table linens. Re-upholstery makes me want to run and hide. Kuddos to you for learning a new skill and sticking with it.

Ouiz said...

I taught myself to knit (OK, only the basic stitch, but still...) by watching youtube videos!

I am so impressed with your ability to jump right in and learn something new. I've got a chair that I'd love to reupholster, but I'm scared to even start (how's that for silly?) Perhaps this will be the kick that I need to get started!!