Switching out the old foam cushions for new ones always makes a difference. The job pictured above was for a customer’s 20 year old sofa. The cushions were flat, the covers loose and they were too soft to sit on comfortably. Since he has teenage twins who love playing video games on this the primary sofa in the house, he needed to firm the seats up. We measured the covers and as you can see from the picture, they were designed to contain a much thicker cushion than what they had become. We fit the cushions with a firm High Resiliency foam that was wrapped with bonded polyester. As you can see in these photos, the difference is dramatic.
By the way, these cushions were High Resiliecy (HR ) foam, density 2.5lb, ILD 45, cut 24” x 24” x 5 1/2” thick with a bonded polyester wrap.
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Thursday, December 15, 2011
Monday, November 7, 2011
Tuesday, November 1, 2011
|A zipper at the back of the cushion makes it easy to access the foam core|
|The foam core is inserted into the envelope.|
|This cushion has a crown of about 8". The foam is 4" thick.|
|The finished cushion ready to be covered.|
Monday, October 17, 2011
A toss pillow can be cut and sewn a couple of different ways.
A Knife Edge (left) is just two pieces of fabric that are sewn together.
A Boxed pillow (center) has a band of fabric sewn between the front and back panels which allows for more fullness.
A pillow with Cut-Outs (right) is similar in fullness to the boxed pillow, but still has a single seam around the perimeter like a Knife Edge pillow. The third dimension is achieved by the perpendicular cut-outs at each corner.
|Left - Boxed Pillow|
Right - Cut-Out Pillow
Friday, October 14, 2011
Before you order your pillow forms, check your cover or with your sewing workroom to see if you covers are cut with a Crown Allowance or are Straight Cut. We make our pillows to order and can accommodate either approach. Unless we are told otherwise, all of our pillows are cut with a crown allowance (or bow).
|Crown Allowance: When a pillow is cut this way is filled, the sides tend to be straighter.|
|Straight Cut: When a pillow is cut this way the sides pull in when filled and|
the corners become sharper, what we call "dog ears".
Friday, October 7, 2011
|A stack of random foam?|
|Sort by shape.|
|Glue pieces together|
|Wrap with polyester, line with muslin.|
This project required a profile with a curve on the top front of the cushion with 90 degree angles on the back and bottom. We broke down the finished shape into easy to cut pieces that we later assembled.
Monday, September 19, 2011
|This bench cushion has a long cut out in the middle. We first mark the foam and then cut with the foam saw.|
|The polyester is cut to the same shape as the foam. On this cushion, it sits on the top and bottom of the foam core only. We left the edges free of polyester because we want the cover to have a flat front.|
Thursday, September 1, 2011
Start with 1 block of foam.
Note: If you need only 1 wedge shape, we cut the wedge from a block that is half as wide as your finished product. Then we glue the cut pieces side to side to create a shape that is the full width. For example, if we need one wedge that is 36" wide, we cut the shapes from a block that is 18" wide and then glue the two 18" pieces together to make 36".
Thursday, August 25, 2011
We love having a stack of beautiful covers to fill and Nomad Rugs' most recent selection of Turkish Kilim covers are really dazzling. We especially like the flyaway "hair" patches that some of the covers sport (see that purple patch in the front row). Five or six of these beauties sprinkled about will really punch up a room.
Monday, August 22, 2011
Tuesday, August 2, 2011
We love the Marimekko store located in the Crate and Barrel store in Union Square (that's San Francisco). It is full of housewares, dishes, books, linens, bags, things for the kids and yards of fabric. It's like a trip to Finland in the 70's.
Posted by Cushion Works at 11:21 AM
Friday, July 29, 2011
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
For seat cushions that are going to be left outside we use Drifast Foam. The foam has large open cels and rigid cel walls which make for a cushion that is both firm and won't retain water. Indoor foam has much smaller cells and absorbs water like a sponge. Once the water inside the foam, it can't be wrung out.
Posted by Cushion Works at 4:17 PM
Wednesday, July 20, 2011
Our side doors are frequently hit with graffiti, always an unimaginative tag and we never waste any time before covering it up with black paint. Recently a paper portrait of a goat was glued to a door and we liked it so much that we left it until the heat caused the glue to turn brittle, the paper started to peel and finally someone carried it away.
(the goat is on the left, Vevay on the right)
Posted by Cushion Works at 11:24 AM
Friday, July 15, 2011
Monday, June 20, 2011
We often see customer's who have returned from a trip to North Africa or the Middle East with beautiful, but empty, ottoman covers. Usually the opening runs across the diameter which means that the best filling material is by hand with either cotton or wool. Recently a customer brought in these ottoman covers that she purchased in Iran.
They were made with a zipper at the bottom that went around the circumference (see below). This allowed us to insert firm pieces of foam cut to make the covers tight and the structure stable. By using foam instead of cotton or wool, the result was stronger and a more even in shape. The dozens of stripes around the side looked vibrant and neat.
This ottoman was the show stopper. The racetrack shape framed the colorful design and made for a unique shape that was the most comfortable of all.
Wednesday, June 8, 2011
Most back cushions are filled with polyester. With use this type of cushion starts to slouch, dent and look baggy in the cover. Usually we replace these misshapen forms with fresh polyester or down/feather. Sometimes we are after a firmer, more resilient cushion and that is where foam comes in.
The set of slouchy back cushions (pictured above on the left) for this job had an extra challenge. The seams of the cover were knife-edged. This means that we have to taper the edge of the foam so that it meets the single seam of the cover nicely.
We then wrapped the foam with Dacron 91 batting (very resilient to resist denting) and fit the form into a muslin tick. This will allow the customer to easily remove the outer cover. In these pictures, the new cushion sits beside its mate already fitted into the finished cover.
These cushions are going to look fresh and full for many years to come.
Friday, May 6, 2011
Tuesday, April 26, 2011
On occasion we are given the unhappy task of informing our customers that the zipper on the short end of the 12 foot long cover isn't anywhere near large enough to let us insert a cushion. When you have your cover made for that long window seat, make sure that you have the zipper installed along the entire width of the cushion. Zipper is the least expensive component in your project so be generous!
(actual cover with too short zipper)
Posted by Cushion Works at 2:03 PM
Monday, April 18, 2011
Seamstress extraordinaire Teresa sews the boxing panel onto a cushion that will soon be filled with down and feather to make a super comfortable back cushion. Tang, the lazy shop cat, won't even lend a paw.
Posted by Cushion Works at 1:29 PM
Friday, April 1, 2011
For this window seat cushion we used a firm High Resiliency foam for support and a sturdy Dacron 91 wrap to provide fullness against years of use. The brilliantly polka-dotted cover was expertly fabricated by Riitta Herwitz Design Support (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Saturday, February 26, 2011
Start with carefully cut foam borders, topper and bottom.
Spring core fits inside, foam masks the edges of the springs.
like a birthday present. Finish edges with staples.
around spring/foam/Dacron unit. Zip it up.
the Spring Core/Down and Feather Cushion!
* please note that this type of cushion is very soft
* please note that this type of cushion is very soft