My mom has been saying for months now, that she has wanted a bench for the end of her bed. She wants somewhere to sit and tie her shoes, and somewhere to stack all those pretty Pottery Barn shams. Specifically, she wanted an upholstered bench, and after searching every website and store in business, I just could not bring myself to buy a bench that may not last more than ten years.
You know how much I love Shanty 2 Chic and Ana White, so it will come to you, no surprise, when I tell you I found plans for a bench on their blogs. Using the plans on Ana’s site, and the example on Shanty 2 Chic, I set out to build my mom a Christmas bench!
Here is the unfinished, finished product.
I wanted to also give my mom that look of having an upholstered bench, so I decided to make a ruffled slip cover to soften the top. I thought hard about what kind of fabric I might use for the slipcover. I knew I wanted something casual, but I also needed it to be sturdy. I love the look of canvas drop cloths, so I took a trip to Lowe’s and picked one up for around $10. Six feet by nine feet of canvas for $10, seriously.
I decided I wanted to have a three-inch overhang on all sides, plus I added 5/8″ for seam allowance. I laid the fabric out on my table, and using my husband’s straight edge, cut out my top.
Now, this is where I must tell you that I am by no means, a seamstress. So, please do not scream at me about my sewing skillz. For my first seams, I pinned the corners where I wanted the stitch to be.
I then ran it under my sewing machine, and clipped the extra fabric off the corners. When I turned it right side out, I had nice tight corners.
Next, I started to cut out the material for my ruffle. I used the finished edges of my drop cloth (cheater!), and cut them in a long four-inch strip. Because the fabric is so heavy, I eyeballed my ruffles and pinned them to my top. I normally would do all the basting and pulling, but on my first attempt, while watching a One Direction documentary, I became irritated at my thread because it kept snapping! Stupid thread. Geez.
I added a stitch all the way around right above my seam to my ruffle on the “right” side of the fabric. It really helped the ruffle to lay flat.
Now, I just had to finish the wood part of the bench. I bought two samples of paint a few months back. I used one sample for the peace sign, and the other…I just liked the color, and I knew I would use it on something. This color matches the darker stripe in her duvet. Perfect!
My mom was so surprised and she loves her new bench! It is sturdy and super heavy! It was so easy to make, and now I want to make some for my backyard! Wouldn’t they look great around a fire pit?