Friday, August 19, 2011

Patchwork Cushions

This great chair was found on the curb or alley, it's former owner/maker intending for someone to pick it up and enjoy it's deep seat, sturdy boxed arms and matching ottoman.

That's just what my recent customers did - for 6 years now. Time for new cushion covers, but what to choose for fabric and style? 

Turns out they had seen this previous post of a danish style upholstered chair and were wondering if I'd do the same with these cushions.  Absolutely -!  This is the kind of thing I love to do, although the aforementioned danish chair's upholstery was pieced by designer Jacqueline Fortier.  As usual, I am influenced by the great designers I often work for, and I had admired how she put hers together and specified to me which areas or "patches" she wanted showing and where they were to be placed - and then those that were just filler and it didn't matter so much...

The 5.5" to 6" high density foam was in good enough condition to give us a few if not several more years - at this height it's expensive to replace, foam costs more the thicker you get and considering most vintage frames use 3" or 4" as "standard", this height would've added probably another couple of hundred.
The curved ends gave me to see the cushions were "waterfall" in style, or that the fabric wraps the front of the cushion (or "top" for inside-back) and is joined by either one seam or a bullet/gusset, 2 sides and unseen zipper placket.  This actually lends itself better to all the piece work involved.  I began by cutting a bunch of pieces large enough to show each fabric's design and not create too much bulk in seamwork, a trick with some heavy chenille and velvet scraps.  Better to join them with vintage chintz bird prints or silk, so the seam is somewhat flat.  Who wants to sit on an uncomfortable lump of seamwork just because it looks cool?

 The easier style of waterfall will save them some dough in labor as well as making them look nice utilizing the existing foam.  The otto however - a free standing rectangle we chose to box and double welt. 

A zipper placket of an unpieced portion is much easier and the unmatched pattern from the purple Duralee print doesn't matter because it'll be in the back of the cushions where no one has business to look anyway - hahah!  But really, I so enjoyed putting this together -

How fabulous does this look?


  1. Hi, tolle Seite. Ich suche immer neue Ideen was man aus Patchwork Stoffe Meterware schönes nähen kann. Lieben Gruss

  2. Thank you - Patchwork works it's way under your skin, doesn't it? I couldn't live without it!


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