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

Step 1: Go get stuff.


- 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


- 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)
Thanks for the instructable. I have a home health client in a wheelchair. She uses inflatable latex cushions (&quot;Roho&quot; brand) which only last about 2 years before springing leaks. They are like innertubes but bike shops, etc., won't touch them. (&quot;It won't work, just trust me on this.&quot;) <br>How much air pressure do you think this technique would endure? <br> I still have to take my tire gauge and check how full the cushion is when she is sitting on it. <br> <br>Thanks.
just about how long does it take to make this?<br>
It took about 2 -3 weeks and a lot of work if I remember correctly.
love it!<br />
you could make a good couch
Ok, so a year after originally posted-so is the love seat and recipient still going strong? Hope so...
Aauw...it's a real loveseat! That is really sweet. Nice Job!
How did she like it?
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!
Great! Last picture shows how cool it is! ;) what about beanbag?
Dude, Crazy.... Great work!
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.
this is the best v-day instructable i've seen so far, nice!
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...?
Thats genius.... though i worry that it might start to eat people like the sofas in black books O_O

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