Labour Day weekend has come and gone and we are officially saying au revoir to our 2013 summer season. Like many of you may be doing, I am praying for more beautiful, warm, sunny days, ‘cause I never seem to get enough of this seasonal bliss that simply flies by every year. Summer, you are such a tease!
This being said, I decided I would celebrate these lovely upcoming September days by finalizing my DIY bench and setting it up on my front balcony (which happens to be the best spot to keep an eye on what’s happening in the neighborhood while reading and keeping a sharp au courant mind on what’s trending in the rest of the world!). It would be a tad dishonest not to mention that the first part of the project, the bench itself, is actually a Lee Valley DIY pattern that my handyman-carpenter-step-dad did just for me. But this is where the family collaboration ends and where I take over with my DIY zeal!
After carefully staining the wood with my desired shade, I embarked on a mission to find the perfect TÉLIO fabric for the bench cushion that I wanted to make. Since my heart fell for a vintage TÉLIO Interior Furnishings fabric I suggest these TÉLIO Fashion Fabrics as substitutes.
Follow these 10 easy steps towards your autumn balcony paradise:
Step 1: Purchase a foam cushion (firmness to your liking).
Step 2: Go to a fabric store near you and choose your favorite TÉLIO fabric.
Step 3: Make sure all your needed tools are at arm’s length:
- sewing machine
- fabric scissors
- measuring tape
- fabric pencil
Step 4: With your foam cushion measurements in mind cut your fabric accordingly. For this DIY, I simply cut two large rectangular pieces that I eventually sewed together, one on top of the other. I cut one rectangle about 15 inches longer in length than the other since I wanted a flap for a nice clean finish. I also suggest you add 1 cm – 1.5 cm for seam allowance.
Step 5: Place the two rectangular pieces face to face in order to sew 1 cm or 1.5 cm from the edges. It is important that you only sew three of the four sides, leaving the longer ‘flap’ end open in order for the foam to be inserted. If you wish to have clean top edges, I also suggest you fold the fabric about an inch and iron it down for best results.
Step 6: Sew away and don’t forget to overlock stitch your seams.
Step 7: If you wish to have cutesy, well-done corners like I did, flatten one sewn bottom corner at a time and sew diagonally across the seam.
Step 8: Turn fabric inside out in order to have the face side of the fabric outside.
Step 9: Insert the foam into the fabric envelope. This is the ‘fun’ part since the foam tends to have trouble sliding into the pocket of fabric. Good luck with that!
Step 10: Flip the flap inside and voilà!!
Hope you enjoy your tranquil moments on your new DIY TÉLIO bench cushion!