Luckily we have design tool skillz, woodworking skillz even nunchuck skillz but alas no sewing skillz...so we've had a bare naked plywood bench for quite some time, not exactly the comfy couch we envisioned.
Recently we got a great donation of a bunch of egg-crate style packing foam, nearly the perfect size for our bench....it had to be trimmed a touch and in this video you can see us using a quite dangerous Hot Wire and a more effective band saw to make the foam the right size and shape.
During Thanksgiving I spent some family time with mom and she showed me just enough sewing tricks so I could make covers for our new couch cushion foam.
This Instructable documents the steps required to sew cushions of your own
Materials needed for Couch Cushions
- Foam - a club member works in a manufacturing plant where large chunks of foam are normally just thrown out...perfect! (price = $0)
- Material - a local fabric store is going out of business, we found denim fabric remnants luckily cut to nearly the size we needed, discounted since they were remnants, discounted even more since the store was going out of business and discounted even more because some had slight flaws, also perfect! ($37.80)
- Thread ...one spool of blue thread (~$2)
- Velcro - 19"x 5/8" or 1", we needed 8 pieces and this rounded up to 4 yards ($6)
- Sewing machine - we obtained one from craiglist...but it was missing the presser feet...so this is where Mom came in
- Scissors - hey you kids, where are my good scissors ?
- Tape Measure
- Chalk Wheel - optional, but very handy I had never used one of these before but worked great!
- Straight Edge
- Seam Ripper - ok, I admit it, there was that one seam I had to do over
- Straight Pins - not essential, but handy for keeping material aligned while sewing