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Upcycle sofa bed
We once bought a sofa online without first sitting on it. Big mistake. It was a sofa bed and although it is a great bed, the seat upholstery started to wither and look sad within a few days of sitting. Many years later, it still lives as a sofa bed in our guest room, so I decided to turn it into something we loved.
The first task was to decide which substance to use. The main part of the sofa is still in good condition, so I chose something that fits. I also thought it would consume quite a bit of fabric, so I didn’t want to buy anything too expensive. I bought one and chose this funky steampunk fabric, a bargain on ebay for just £ 5 a meter.
Next I took the five pillows off the sofa. I knew I would not reuse the three smaller pillows on the back, so I opened each of them and stuffed the two large pillows you are sitting on with their interior to make them comfortable again. I then ordered four small pillows from Amazon to walk along the back.
With the main pillows all bulging, I realized that my original idea of making box-shaped zipper covers for the two big pillows would not work because I would never get them through the zipper hole. Since they are almost as deep as a mattress, I thought I’d cover them like a fitted sheet instead.
I placed the large pillow on the fabric to see how it would wrap around the pillow. Then I realized that the fabric wasn’t wide enough … so I bought more fabric to make the existing fabric wider. After doing that, I cut a square large enough to wrap the pillow. I then cut squares out of each corner and sewed the two edges I cut to join each square into a box corner.
Once I got the box shape, I edged the edge and left a gap through which I inserted rubber band. As you can see in the photo above, I threaded, tightened and tied the elastic all the way through the hem so it doesn’t slip.
I then made the covers for each of the smaller pillows. They were 16-inch pillows, so I cut strips of fabric that were 17 inches wide and 35 inches long. I hemmed a short end of the fabric as it would be seen on the back, then I folded the strip so that one end covered 9.5 inches, the other 9 inches and 16 inches covered the pillow in the middle. I then sewed the edges together to form a pillow.
Four pillows didn’t quite fill the gap in the back, so I wanted one more. However, I didn’t want to spend any more money on the project (and the pillows came in pairs), so I used some fabric and stuffing from the sofa to make a small pillow instead.
When they were all finished and sitting on the sofa, the most comfortable thing was for me to sit on the sofa I ever had. I sew in the guest room in which she lives so that I can really enjoy sewing. It was a fun project. And cheaper than buying a new sofa bed!
Have you redesigned furniture? I would love to hear about it if you have.
Fabric: A whopping 8m = £ 40
Pillows: Four = £ 16
Total: £ 56 This is instead of a new sofa bed for a few hundred pounds so I’m happy with it!
Best music for this project: Sit down with James (of course)
Best cake for this project: Coffee and walnut (matches the sofa)
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