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When it comes to storage ideas for small spaces, you can never have enough. Using a vintage wooden chest provides valuable storage space and making a cushioned top gives you extra seating, too.


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You can make the most of your small space by having multi-functional furniture, such as this storage bench. Any room in your home can benefit from this bench and with the RazorEdge™ Easy Action™ Shears and the Adjustable Three-Position Rotary Cutter, creating this seat cover will be a breeze.

To Make the Cushioned Top for A DIY Storage Bench

1. Measure the length and width of the top of your storage bench and cut a piece of foam to the same dimensions.

2. Cut two pieces of fabric measuring 1” wider and 1” longer than the piece of foam. Use the Adjustable Three-Position Rotary Cutter and rotate it to the power position, so that the blade is directly oriented under the handle, which helps to increase the force when cutting multiple layers of thick fabrics.

3. Cut two strips of fabric measuring 1” deeper and 1” longer than the cut foam.

4. Cut two strips of fabric measuring 1” deeper and 1” wider than the foam.

5. Sew the fabric strips from steps 2 and 3 together with a 1/2” seam allowance to form the cushion sides.

6. Fold the remaining fabric in half and place on the cutting mat. Using the 45 degree angle marked line on the cutting mat and the 2” line on the acrylic ruler, cut 2” wide bias strips of fabric.

7. To sew the bias strips together, place two pieces perpendicular to each other, with right sides facing.

8. Sew together on the diagonal. Sew enough fabric strips together so that they will fit around the entire perimeter of the cushion top. Trim away the extra fabric using the RazorEdge™ Easy Action™ Shears for Tabletop Cutting. These spring-action shears with premium-grade stainless-steel blades give you a precise cut all the way to the tip, while the offset handle helps keep fabric flat and minimizes lifting for even more accurate tabletop cutting.

9. Finger press the bias strips in half with wrong sides facing and place cording in between the fold. Using a piping foot or zipper foot, sew the fabric together, encasing the cording between the layers.

10. Pin, then sew the piping to one piece of fabric cut in step 1, easing the piping around the corners for a smooth finish. The raw edge of the piping will be aligned with the raw edge of the fabric piece. This will be the top of the cushion.

11. Pin, then sew the cushion sides to the cushion top with right sides facing. Check that the side seams are aligned with the corners of the cushion top. The piping will be sandwiched between the layers.

12. Pin, then sew, the remaining fabric piece from step 1 to the remaining fabric piece cut in step 1. Leave one side unsewn so that it will be possible to insert the foam.

13. Turn the cushion cover to the right side and insert the foam. Hand stitch the remaining cushion side closed. Place the cushioned top on the vintage wooden chest and enjoy your new DIY storage bench.

You now have an extra place to sit plus a storage space for blankets, toys or books. It’s time to relax and enjoy your new furniture piece. 


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