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Project

Upholstered Map Textile Bench Cushion

A tablecloth is heavy enough to work as an upholstery fabric. This project is recommended for experienced sewers only; otherwise, have a professional upholsterer make a cushion for you.

Materials

  • Upholstery foam, 4 to 6 inches thick and cut to size
  • Fabric
  • Sewing machine and sewing supplies
  • Piping (optional)

Steps

  1. Step 1

    Measure length and width of bench frame; have a piece of 4- to 6-inch-thick foam cut to size (or cut it yourself with a large serrated knife or saw).

  2. Step 2

    From the fabric, you will need to cut 1 top piece and 1 bottom piece (width by length), 2 short side pieces (width by height), and 2 long side pieces (length by height). Add 1 inch to the length, width, and height measurements of each for seam allowances; using these measurements, cut out fabric.

  3. Step 3

    With a 1/2-inch seam allowance, sew all 4 side pieces together, end to end, alternating between long-side and short-side pieces, to make 1 long strip. Sew the open ends together to make a 4-sided box, right sides facing each other. Press seams open with iron.

  4. Step 4

    Sew piping to top and bottom pieces, aligning raw edge of piping with raw edge of fabric.

  5. Step 5

    Pin side (box) piece to top piece, right sides together (match long and short sides); sew with a 1/2-inch seam allowance. Press seams open with an iron.

  6. Step 6

    Pin side piece to bottom piece, right sides together, with a 1/2-inch seam allowance. Sew 3 sides, leaving 1 short side open. Press seams open. Turn right side out.

  7. Step 7

    Insert foam, and slip-stitch open edge shut.

Source
Martha Stewart Living, July 2010