For the first time ever, I am staying home over winter break! Usually the week off is a whirlwind of traveling and visiting much-missed relatives. Evan and I hosted Christmas dinner with some family, which I think went over pretty well. Because we’re not driving all over New York State, I’ve had a little time on my hands. Remember that bench that our awesome friends gave us a few weeks back? Of course you do! Well, I made a cushion for it! I only had to buy one item, so it was
a super-easy an attainable craft!
- 1 roll of foam ($15)
- 1 fitted bedsheet leftover from when you made your living room curtains out of flat sheets, but the only color you liked came exclusively in a full-sheet set.
- 1 package of embroidery floss leftover from when you did this craft.
- Have awesome friends who will buy you a new bench (Got it? Good!)
- Lay the foam out over the bench, measure and cut to size.
- Measure fabric and cut
- Sketch out a cityscape on a piece of paper. Do your best on the Empire State Building, but don’t expect miracles.
- Drape your fabric around the cushion and mark where you’d like your embroidery to be.
- Remove the fabric, and re-draw your cityscape in chalk
- Embroider over the chalk. Be terrible at embroidery, and THEN decide that you’re going for a “homey” look.
- Sew it all together and stuff the foam inside.
- Ta-da! You’re done!
I’m disappointed in the way the corners turned out, but overall I’m satisfied. It looks much nicer in person than the pictures from my iPhone 4 suggest. Instead of looking like an out-of-place entertainment center, it looks like an actual bench upon which to sit! Mission accomplished!