Continuing with the foam-for-furniture theme, this is project
#2 - a child's fold-out sofa. They're everywhere in the stores,
but they are always upholstered in a thin cotton slipcover with
a TV or movie character on it. When we first moved here,
Emily was one and desperate for "just my size" furniture. I
rather liked the idea of these fold-out sofas but I wasn't
crazy about the upholstery options.
Would you believe it - I couldn't find a single solid or even
a print (I would've embraced even florals) specimen. None!
Therefore it had to be made. Was it cheaper than the $30
store-bought ones? Yes, but not by a whole lot, because,
being naive, I paid full-price for the foam then. Was it a lot
of work? Not really, since it was just joining rectangular
pieces of fabric together. Was it worth the time and effort?
To not have cartoony characters permanently sitting
in my living room? Yes, yes, yes.
I used home decor-weight fabric, along with 3" high density
foam. I am pleased to report that that combination was
rugged enough to have withstood 3 years of constant abuse
by the smalls. Here are some pictures I took last week,
showing, in its sun-bleached, autographed, lopsided glory,
and an in-between configuration that's been used as
a plane, bus, car, shop, ship, bathtub and anything
else the kids could think up.
It has been dragged everywhere by every side and corner,
decorated, jumped on, forced to be a slide, and used as a
barricade to keep siblings out of other siblings' territories.
But its most useful role to date is photography prop -
Emily was already a sitter by the time we moved here, but
the two younger girls were plonked in this sofa as bobble-
headed newborns, posed and mercilessly photographed.
Well-used, in other words, and much-loved.
Still, I thought it would be nice to see it in its heyday when
it was crisp and clean (and to see Emily when she would
one when this one just refuses to keel over and die. But if
anyone is interested in making this someday, here is a
printable sheet of the sofa - deconstructed, with dimensions:
Incidentally, I am going to be posting quite a few of these
printable instruction sheets in the future - it's so much
faster to sketch a tutorial than photograph the process!
I was surprised to find out recently that some readers have
been printing out some of my tutorials, poor things. If I'd
known, I might have tried to limit myself to only one million
photos. So from now on, if I think a sketch might be more
efficient than several useless photos, I'll do a printable
sheet- save trees, save ink, save time.
Well, we are done with foam-for-practical-household-uses.
Next up: something whimsical, colorful and a bit impractical!