I’m very excited to share the Patchwork Bench I made from Anna Graham of Noodlehead’s book, Handmade Style. The book is full of great projects, easy to customize to your tastes. I kept admiring the projects Anna was posting online, then finally bought the book. I decided to make a Patchwork Bench following her pattern, and I made a few changes to make it more affordable.
I used a charm pack of Paradiso by Kate Spain along with some Robert Kaufman chambray in indigo that I had in my stash. I mixed in some of the chambray in the top, to take out some of the pink fabrics. Combined with a medium interfacing, the cover seems sturdy enough.
To make the base, we found a scrap of 3/4” plywood big enough. We also had an old, broken chair with decent legs, so we cut the legs off the use. They got a light sanding, a coat of KILZ, then two coats of paint (also all on hand). We used the drill press to drill a hole in the top of each leg and screwed in hanger bolts. Those screwed right in to the mounting plates.
I was having trouble finding affordable foam for the bench and looked around for other options. At the big box fabric store, it cost $60! I ended up getting a double bed-sized foam mattress pad from Walmart for $15. Much better. It was flat on one side and textured on the other, but I just put the textured sides together to make it flat. The foam cut nicely into 6 pieces the size of the bench with very little leftover – perfect!
|She came in to investigate why I was moving furniture around, |
so I let her sit on the bench since she was in the shot anyway.
I used cotton batting that I already had. I wanted to wrap the batting around all sides and it was thin, so I used a double layer of batting to wrap the length and a double layer to wrap the width. The fabric cover went on very smoothly!
This was a great project, fun and pretty easy to put together. I'm thrilled with the results and look forward to finding a home for it :)