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One of the last farm auctions of the season, and as Joe was off getting coffee, I bid $4 on a wooden bench and won. The bench came with a cushion with some very faded, well worn fabric that just had to go. Whippie! A new bench and a small project for me. Here is what I did:

Here is a before and after for ya.

And here is how I did it:


Laundry Line (for the piping)

Double sided sticky tape (made for sewing)


Sewing machine and its necessities

Step 1: Make your piping. Measure the perimeter of the cushion and add a few extra inches. Cut your laundry line to that length. Then cut a 3inch strip of fabric to the necessary length. If you don’t have enough fabric, cut a few strips of fabric to make up the length. Next, lay your line in the center of your strips, fold over and pin. *Make sure you fold fabric over your line so the side you want to see is visible (not inside out).bench-6

Note: I originally made my piping with less than 2″ strip of fabric and regretted not having more fabric. You need a good lip on the fabric so you can sew it between the two pieces to make your cover.

Step 2: Cut two pieces of fabric to the size of your cushion, leaving at least an inch extra on each piece to account for the thickness of the cushion. This can easily vary depending on your cushion. My cushion was not very thick.

Step 3: Line up your two pieces of fabric with the pattern facing each other. Using your double sided tape, lay your piping along the edge of the fabric and pin. You want the flat part (the lip you left) to line up with the edge of your fabric so that the piping cord is inside your fabric sandwich.


Step 4: Start sewing. Sew the perimeter of the the fabric (about an inch or so off  the edge), right up to the piping you placed. When you get about 6 inches from where you started, stop and turn your fabric inside out. You should have a big pillow sack.bench-4

Again, I left a fairly small opening and had to go back and tear out some stitches so I could get my cushion in.

Step 5: Roll up your cushion as tight as you can and insert it into your opening.

Step 6: Push the remaining piping in place and sew up the hole.

And there you have it. A revamped hallway bench for less than $10.