As many of you will know, I moved house earlier this year. I’m dying to start making things for my new home but there’s a few messy (and expensive) remodelling projects for me to do first before I can start on the finishing touches. That said, this covered bench pad was an essential. When I was going through the purchase, I managed to wangle the vendor leaving a beautiful shoe and coat rack in the hall. I love the beautiful tone of the wood; it’s both a feature as well as incredibly practical.
Now I don’t know about you but I struggle to put my shoes on standing up. Ask me to balance on one leg and I can stand there all day but bring putting shoes on into the mix and it falls to pieces! See, the bench pad was essential!
During and since the move (OK, and before) I seem to be making weekly visits to Dunelm for various bits and pieces. They have a great range of cotton twill and oil cloth on the roll and the prices are really reasonable. The fabric I used is a beautiful mocha colour with ditsy roses – it works perfectly with my hall, is a little bit vintage and if I’m honest, a little more forgiving if it gets little marks on it! Dunelm also sell foam pieces – I bought 2 inch thick foam for a comfy seat!
To make the covering was really quick and simple. This is a slightly lazy version (you could make one that is removable for ease of laundering) but I’m pretty confident in a child free home this method will be just fine! If you want to make your own you’ll need:
- Cotton twill fabric
You’ll also need:
- Measuring tape
- Sewing machine
- Strong thread that matches your fabric
- Set square or similar
- Tailor’s chalk
- Ironing board
- Measure your bench – mine was 120cm x 36cm
- Cut your foam to size – as I bought mine precut it was a metre piece so i used the offcut to extend the pad
- Measure the width of all four sides by wrapping your measuring tape around the pad – mine was 82cm. Add 6cm to allow for your seam and ease
- Using your set square, measuring tape and tailor’s chalk, cut a piece of fabric that is the correct width from the previous step (88cm in my case) by the length of the pad + 15cm (135cm in my case)
- Fold your fabric in half lengthways matching the long edges, with the right sides facing inwards; pin in place
- Sew along this edge with a 2.5cm (yes, a whole inch) seam allowance
- Turn your fabric
- Insert the foam pad in the ‘tube’ with the seam along one of the height faces of the pad so you can hide this at the back of the pad (this means, pattern allowing, you could turn your pad over if it became stained); make sure there is equal length at either end
- Fold the edges like you would a gift being wrapped, beginning by folding in the two short sides, then the longer sides
- Turn under your top piece for a clean edge
- Press with the iron
- Cut wundaweb to the length of this flap
- Place under the top flap and steam in place until bonded
- If you need a little wundaweb on the short edges so it completely sealed, repeat along these edges (I did)
- Repeat at the other end
- Give your seat pad an iron (low setting) to remove any wrinkles
And there you have it, the perfect addition to your home and incredibly easy to make!
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