Transform a softwood bench into an on trend luxe padded seat by painting, dying, and a bit of sustainable up-cycling. Having been to all the SS shows and seen all those tribal inspired fabrics and benches we decided to create our own at a fraction of the price.
You will need
Nornas Ikea Bench £70
2 meters thick wadding £2.98
Black paint £10,02
Korbond iron on hemming tape £3.40
Goldfish Orange machine dye Dylon £6.84
Old velvet curtain
Sewing machine and thread
Iron and ironing board
Invisible marker pen Korbond
Total price £93.24
- Following the makers instructions dye the velvet and leave to dry.
- Saw off the edges of the bench so that there is no overhang.
- Paint the bench black and leave to dry.
- Cut a double layer of wadding the size of the bench top plus enough to drape over the edges. Cut away the corners and then staple the wadding to the underside of the bench.
- Press the velvet before using. Drape the velvet over the bench and leaving enough for a 2cm seam allowance, mark with a pen remove the fabric and then cut away the corners.
- Turn the corners under and iron on the webbing.
- Place the velvet over the wadding covered bench and staple the velvet into position on the underside.
- To make the cushion. Cut an old duvet up so it is the size of the bench top.
- Cut the rug into two pieces, the size of the bench top plus 1 cm all the way round.
- Sew the old duvet round its edge to the wrong side of one piece of rug.
- With right sides facing sew the piece of rug with the duvet attached to the other piece of rug. Sew round three and a half sides.
- Turn the cover through the correct way and then close the opening by over sewing.
Tips. To get straight edges when stapling, start in the middle of one side and staple to the edge then do it with the other edge and then repeat with the opposite side and then do the other two sides in the same way.