Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Bench Cover

Nate's mom gave us this bench....

Unfortunately it didn't really go with the rest of our bedroom...

She really does have good taste.  I swear.

I debated on how to cover the bench.  It sat in my sewing room for several months.  I just couldn't decide what to do with it.

I thought about reupholstering it but then I came up with the idea for a cover.  I like easy. 
Covers are easy....if you don't end up in a battle with your sewing machine....stupid sewing machine.

I ordered this fabric from amazon.  Grey fabric is incredibly hard to find.

The bench is 53" wide, 18" tall, and 18" deep.

I cut three 54"x19" rectangles (top, front panel, back panel) and two 19"x19" squares (side pieces).

I then sewed the pieces together.  I'm not great at sewing so there will be not be a detailed "how to". I used what little common sense that I have to sew the pieces together.  I have no idea what my seam allowance was.  I was just trying to keep my line straight while still making the cover fit the bench. I just "Make it work!" (love Tim Gunn)

My sewing machine and I had a disagreement after I had finished sewing the sides together. 
I still needed to hem the bottom edges but just couldn't handle the fight...so it sat unhemmed in our bedroom for about a month...because I'm awesome.

I finally got around to waging war on my sewing machine hemming it this week-end and we now have a pretty bench cover...

A bench cover that fits in a little better....

What do you think?  Should I take the cover off and leave that beautiful floral pattern?
On an unrelated note, does anyone have a tailored bed skirt that they like? Do share!


  1. Exactly what I would have done...and did do for several ugly bookcases!

  2. i love what you did!

    and PS-- i loooove your bedding from West Elm! Do you like it so far? i have my eye on that one and one other :)

  3. I love, love, love our comforter! It's very soft and comfy...and looks pretty too!

  4. I'll make sure to point out to my mom that you thought her bench was ugly :oP (I'm kidding! The fabric looked good in her house but it isn't my taste, either)

  5. That's why I put the disclaimer in that she DOES have good taste. I'm always in trouble. :P

  6. Cute! I love the fabric you chose. That's always the hardest part for me.

  7. Waging war?! Nooooo!

    In other news, I got a sweet tailored bedskirt that I love at Tar-jay. It was like $20 at most. Nice & sleek (and grey!).


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