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An inflatable shrine to my girlfriend. It was the tackiest and softest thing I could think of making. It would make a fine addition to anyone's home
 
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Step 1: Go get stuff.

materials:

- 9 yards of 62" wide canvas
- 6 yards of 60" wide material of choice for cover background (something soft, something cheap)
- 2 yards of 60" wide material for cover pattern
- a spool of thread (to match cover pattern fabric)
- 1 pair of swimmies or inflatable raft (available at Target)
- 1 gallon liquid latex ( Clear #10)
- 1 container of baby powder
- 1 container of rubbing alcohol
- a bar of Dove soap or similar ( bacon soap is tempting but not recommended)
- 1 tube of Victor's rubber cement (available at Ace Hardware)
- 2 latex gloves
- 1 pad of tracing paper

tools:

- 1 sewing machine
- 2 boxes of sewing machine needles (for denim)
- 1 box of beaded pins
- 1 pencil
- 1 tape measure
- 1 pair of scissors
- 1 roll of masking tape
- 1 computer with Photoshop (or similar)
- 1 black and white printer
- 2 one and half inch paintbrushes
- 3 plastic containers (1 sealable and 1 capable of holding a bar of soap)
- 1 sewing needle
- 1 roll of paper towels
- 1 outfit you don't like (for painting latex)

Step 2: Create the cover.

Albeit it is cool to make an inflatable chair, ultimately the cover is the most important part because it is the thing people will look at and judge your work by. A good cover will justify whatever monstrosity it was designed to hide.

On account of its importance and realizing that this is the most time intensive part of the process I made the cover first, even though it is the last thing you will actually need when finally assembling the chair.

For detailed instructions on how to make the cover see the Digital Image to Personalized Fabric Cover instructable.

Step 3: Create the plain heart pattern

Download the attached file below, tape it together and then cut out the heart along the border until you are left with one large paper heart pattern.
heart.pdf722 KB
Thanks for the instructable. I have a home health client in a wheelchair. She uses inflatable latex cushions ("Roho" brand) which only last about 2 years before springing leaks. They are like innertubes but bike shops, etc., won't touch them. ("It won't work, just trust me on this.")
How much air pressure do you think this technique would endure?
I still have to take my tire gauge and check how full the cushion is when she is sitting on it.

Thanks.
Lina902 years ago
just about how long does it take to make this?
randofo (author)  Lina902 years ago
It took about 2 -3 weeks and a lot of work if I remember correctly.
chundareta4 years ago
love it!
abadfart5 years ago
you could make a good couch
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Heh. When I first read it, I saw "A shrine to my inflatable girlfriend..." Sorry. Does that make me a bad person, or just one who reads too quickly?
lol i did to but i am in a drout right now so everything has do to with sex to me
lol 1-up
Not a bad person. One a bit dyslexic though. :-)
LMAO! I also demands a cookie though...
both unless u give me a cookie then only the second one
inquisitive6 years ago
Ok, so a year after originally posted-so is the love seat and recipient still going strong? Hope so...
inquisitive6 years ago
Aauw...it's a real loveseat! That is really sweet. Nice Job!
Caya6 years ago
How did she like it?
karen6087 years ago
Wonderful, it is creative from every aspect of it. You could make and sell these you know! okay, maybe it was a labor of 'love'.... don't want to go commercial. Love it!
Zujus7 years ago
Great! Last picture shows how cool it is! ;) what about beanbag?
Dude, Crazy.... Great work!
noahw7 years ago
This is one hell of a Valentine's Day gift. The hard work, the care and the devotion just warm my heart. Nice job randofo!
Congrats! Looks great.
jarv347 years ago
this is the best v-day instructable i've seen so far, nice!
Rowen277 years ago
I hope this wins the valentines contest, its way too awesome. P.S. This project might also make a pretty nifty Giant beanbag,(that is, if you cared to hassle with those pesky styrofoam beans). Perhaps as an alternative if you can't get it to inflate...?
TangMu7 years ago
Thats genius.... though i worry that it might start to eat people like the sofas in black books O_O