The nursery is slowly coming together (pics soon, I promise!), but there are a lot of little projects along the way. One of these projects is creating a cushion for the top of my childhood toy box, which my Pop made for me a hundred moons ago.
Simple and pine, but not particularly comfortable, this box is great for storage but needed some padding and color.
measured lucked out and purchased cushions that were the exact dimensions needed.
(crafting with a bump that cannot be ignored!)
I also picked up upholstery batting, initially just to help cover the seam between cushions and prevent separation, but also to add an extra layer of density.
I used large stitches to hold the batting to the cushions, to ensure that nothing bunched while I was pulling fabric on and off.
A little sewing hack – when you need to double your thread and don’t want to risk having to retread your needle, thread the eye and then loop the thread over the end, creating a slipknot. It’ll ensure you don’t get stuck squinting!
Before I laid the fabric out, I ironed the folding seams. Nothing looks worse than a fresh project with old, bunchy seams!
The sewing part was not an exact science. Using pins, I lined up the fabric and pulled about an inch tighter, as this Mexican blanket is a loose weave with lots of give. I did pin the length of the Seam before I sewed, something I highly recommend so it doesn’t look like you were seaming under the influence.
I used both a zigzag stitch and a regular stitch, as I didn’t want the fabric to grow as I was working, or once in use. I hope this helps keep things together a bit better!
I folded the ends like I was wrapping a present, and seamed the un-angled pieces. When I turned the fabric inside out, I hand stitched the angled corners to have them lie flat.
Once the cushion was back in, I hand stitched the other end, as I didn’t want to add a zipper. Remember, pins are your friend!
And, voila! Truly, this project didn’t take long, but it did take vision! Next task, pillows for the glider, and perhaps a roll for the back of this seat!