Have you seen the price of cushions? What are they made of, gold? They’re like duvet covers – simple to make yet stupidly expensive. Any idiot can make a cushion cover and last weekend, this idiot did.
You see, a few weeks ago, I came across two dangerously cool wire bar stools at an op shop for $15 each. I had been looking for bar stools for over two years, ever since we had our new kitchen installed with an island which just begged to become a breakfast bar. I had never seen ones I liked which weren’t hundreds of dollar dollar bills yo.
These two were very “on trend” although they needed a good scrubbing and a coat of spray paint. I took them home, all ready to sell them on Trade Me if my husband didn’t like the style.
Sucks to be him. They instantly looked right at home. I got the tick of approval from a good friend/interior decorator and a thumbs up from another friend who’s just plain cool. I was sold when I realised how much easier life would be if I served breakfast on the island and only had one surface to clean.
I was in love but sadly my new bar stools weren’t perfect. They were bloody uncomfortable, painfully so! They needed padding which could tie on securely. There was no way I could blow the budget on cushions so I knew I’d have to rock some DIY.
Off to Spotlight I went, on a solo mission, which any crafty mum knows is a wonderful thing. Free from the complaining voices of my little loves, I mooched around the cushion section with time to come up with a brilliant plan.
Two cheap yet super comfortable tie-on cushions. Half a metre of cool monochromatic material. Eight big black buttons. I cut off the ties, made the new cover, reattached the ties before sewing along the last seam. Then I sewed on the buttons in the existing indents.
For once in my life, a sewing project came off exactly as I was hoping. Now I just need to embrace my inner tagger and get spraying! Last time I spray painted furniture I ended up with a very sore index finger. Not very gangster ay.