Toodles, Google Reader…

…and hello, seat cushions!

Well, before I get to the (finally finished!!) seat cushions, I wanted to offer a few ways to follow my blog if you’ve been reading along via Google Reader. I’m incredibly late in writing this post, considering that Reader will shut down tomorrow, but what can you do?

On the right-hand side of my blog are buttons to follow me on Bloglovin’ and Feedly. There’s also a sign-up box to receive updates via email (I don’t post very often so this shouldn’t get annoying/overwhelming!).

Below are the seat cushions that I had first cut out in Los Angeles three years ago. I’m proud to say I finally finished them this month in New York City! That’s transcontinental fine dining right there, yes siree.

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The construction process was pretty simple: after I created a template for the seats, I cut out the fabric to include a 5/8″ seam allowance. I probably could’ve gone with 1/4″, but I wanted to cover myself in case I needed to adjust and make the cushions bigger.

Since I didn’t have enough of this floral fabric for both sides, I went with a dark green color for the bottoms and ties (four ties per chair). It worked out nicely! The ties took the longest part, from having to cut out the strips to then turning them inside out. They’re knotted at the ends.

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I stuffed the seat cushions with polyfil that came from a big ol’ bag I picked up at Joann’s in Virginia a couple of years ago. Hey, these cushions hail from purchases made in three states and three regions: the floral fabric from Sew LA in LA, the dark green fabric from Purl Soho here in the city, and polyfil from Virginia!

After I was satisfied with the fill of these, I hand-stitched the backs shut. I used an invisible stitch, but I imagine a whipstitch would’ve been just fine.

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Yay, four cushions for guests…and me! One of them acts as my sewing chair, too. 🙂 This project was small, but the results were mighty! I can’t tell you how good it felt to have these babies done and done.

If you were wondering, I only managed to finish one by the time I hosted my book club meeting, but I’m still happy that that event motivated me to finish what I started all those years ago. Happy last day of June, everybody!

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