Now comes the fun part! My daughter and her husband have just left to go on a much needed vacation, and I am staying in their home taking care of my delightful granddaughter! I am about to tackle the hope chest makeover and have it ready for when she returns! I have the required tools on hand and picked up a piece of foam for the top today. We had picked out the fabric before she left, so no hold up there!
So, without further delay, I will begin the transformation!
I looked on line for some ideas of how to do this project, but ended up just doing it 'my way'. There are some really good videos on youtube which show you how to make a cover with lots of seams...but I wanted to avoid breaking up the fabric pattern over the edges. This method is really just a matter of making seams at the corners. The seams form the corners. Let's get started!
|All stuck down.|
|Now, lay the fabric, right side down on the foam.|
Measure from the foam edge to the edge of the fabric to align it correctly.
In my case there was 6" of fabric all around the foam.
|I had a little helper at this stage of the game!|
|Taylor loves to help!|
|In order to help you understand what I am doing here, this picture of a paper folded box may give you a better idea of the seam. |
See the corners being folded inwards, those are basically the same as the corners I am making with the fabric. Of course, mine will be to the outside, but still the same idea.
|Sew your seams using a larger stitch to begin with. |
It is much easier to remove big stitches if you need to adjust a corner.
|Here I've put the cover on after stitching all the corner seams and turned it right side out.|
It fits pretty good! Now I can restitch using a tighter stitch!
|Like this. Now the seam is covered with an extra layer of fabric.|
|Now the stapling begins. I start at the corners to make sure it is all lined up with the seams in place. |
Pull the fabric snuggly and staple in place. Press firmly with the staple gun!
|Once the corners are all secured, start with the sides. To do this, keep dividing the sides in 1/2. Staple half way along each side, then 1/2 way between each staple until it is all secured.|
|Here it is, all done! |
I still have to re-attach the hardware, but I want to refinish the chest first. To re-attach the hardware, just use a sharp item to poke around and find the original screw holes and screw through the fabric.