Design by Juliet Bawden Photography Paul Craig
Today’s make is really an Ikea Hack of a Nornas Bench transforming a rather dull nondescript softwood bench into an on trend vibrant padded seat/coffee table by being creative and painting, dying, and doing some sustainable up-cycling.
You will need
Nornas Ikea Bench
2 meters thick wadding
Korbond iron on hemming tape
Goldfish Orange machine dye Dylon
Old velvet curtain
Sewing machine and thread
Iron and ironing board
Invisible marker pen Korbond
- Following the makers instructions dye the velvet and leave to dry.
- Saw off the edges of the bench so that there is no overhang.
- Paint the bench black and leave to dry.
- Cut a double layer of wadding the size of the bench top, plus enough to drape over the edges. Cut away the corners and then staple the wadding to the underside of the bench.
- Press the velvet before using. Drape the velvet over the bench and leaving enough for a 2cm seam allowance, mark with a pen remove the fabric and then cut away the corners.
- To give a neat edges to the corners, turn the corners under and iron on the webbing
- Place the velvet over the wadding covered bench and staple the velvet into position on the underside.
- To make the cushion. Cut an old duvet up so it is the size of the bench top.
- Cut the rug into two pieces, the size of the bench top plus 1 cm all the way round.
- Sew the old duvet round its edge to the wrong side of one piece of rug.
- With right sides facing sew the piece of rug with the duvet attached to the other piece of rug. Sew round three and a half sides.
- Turn the cover through the correct way and then close the opening by over sewing.
Tips. I learnt this trick at art school, when I was stretching frames for printmaking. To get straight edges when stapling, start in the middle of one side and staple to the edge then do it with the other edge and then repeat with the opposite side and then do the other two sides in the same way.