Monday, March 11, 2013

And then I made something

For Christmas I asked for and received (thanks, Mom!) this elephant march fabric from Spoonflower:

Izzy models the fabric.
I had a vision for the nursery: make a window bench out of an Ikea Expedit bookshelf, some fabric and some foam.

One Saturday afternoon, against our better judgement, but fortified with pancakes, we went to Ikea. Ikea on a Saturday afternoon - I know, crazy. Stupid, even. But we got our Expedit.

On another afternoon we went to your friendly neighborhood foam and rubber store to buy some custom-cut foam. I didn't take any photos of the foam, because it wasn't that interesting. The foam and rubber store, however, was fascinating. It was a place where I wanted to touch everything, and didn't know what you would do with anything. But I kept my grubby hands to myself, got my foam and left.

Just to make things more difficult for myself, I decided my cushion would need welting cord (fanciness) and a zipper (for washability).

In progress.
After my chairs last year, welting cord is easy. But give me a zipper - a 72" zipper no less - and I panic.

Accidentally ordered beige. Didn't care.
But I faced my fears, and while it wasn't pretty, I sewed that sucker in there. And before I knew it I had a bench with a cushion.


And it's Izzy-approved!


 


5 comments:

  1. What a creative use of the Expedit. Love this! Highly impressed by the welting and that mega-zipper. Also, of all the animals, elephants are the best for babies. That is just a fact.

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    1. Thanks, dude. I forgot to mention that I broke two needles and ran out of thread in the middle, so many curses were had.

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  2. A foam and rubber store?! I want. We're stuck getting foam from Fabricland, which is brutally expensive for not custom sized foam.

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    1. They even had different kinds of foam, so you could choose for your comfort level! My comfort level was "cheap".

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  3. Great job, Habs! This is lovely. I'm a big fan of elephants, even though they can be a bit dickish in real life.

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