Thursday, February 24, 2011

Nursery Glider Makeover Part 2

So, in my last post I showed how to make the back cushion.  This post I'm going to show you how to make over the bottom cushion that you sit on.

First thing I did, was remove the old upholstery:

Now.  Please note that the bottom cushion is a "T" shape.  Holy cow.  How do I do this?  Well, I thought I would just trace the top/bottom, and then add a middle piece to combine the top and bottom.  I tried that.  It didn't work so well.  I suck.  I did what anyone would do....I called mommy.  I cried.  She came over to my house, and we talked it out.  This was the plan we came up with:

I drew out my 3D cushion shape, and then drew out my 2D piece of fabric...follow me?  basically I had to add 2 1/2 inches to each side.  That means when your cushion is 24 inches  one way, you add 5 inches and make it 29 inches.  There were tears.  Lots and lots of tears.  I couldn't quite wrap my head around what I was doing, but I trusted my mommy.

I set out to measure.  I'll be honest, I didn't take a lot of pictures of this part because I wasn't sure I was doing it right and like I said, I cried...a lot.  I kept thinking I had just messed it up.  Now, why would I cry about that?  Well folks, as I mentioned previously, I bought the fabric at hobby lobby...on clearance...and only had 3 yards and change.  I didn't have ANY room for error.  And technically I had messed up already once (but I'll tell you at the end of all this with the finished product what I did wrong).

Okay.  I measured cut and pinned.  Let me mention at this moment that a rotary cutter, cutting mat, square and straight edge make things SO MUCH EASIER.  At the top corners, I measured and sewed 4 inches deep to make the corners of the "T."

Down the sides I measured and cut.  Remember I added 2 inches plus seam allowance on to each side of each piece for the 4 inch depth of the cushion.  I drew and made notes where i needed to cut, and where I needed to sew to make things fit.  It worked for me.

The first line on the left is the size of the cushion.  All the fabric to the right of the first line is for the side and seam.  Does that make sense?  This way, I had two top corners and the sides fitted to the cushion like this:

This left the little two inch parts of the "T" open.  So I just sewed some fabric in like this:

Do you see the seam?  How it all ends up fitting together??  I left the back end of the case open again so it can be removed and thrown in the wash if needed.  I followed the same steps of adding the ribbon as I did on the other cushion and ended up with:

There is my bottom cushion.  I made the cover for the foam cushion the same way out of white fabric, but sewed it closed.  I thought about adding foam to the cushion to make it a little more comfy, but once I let the cushion fluff up from removing the old cover, it didn't need any more foam.  


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