My lovely friend Katie who writes at the blog Mami 2 Five gave me the heads up recently about a fab craft competition that was being run by Hillarys – the people who make amazing window dressings.
The main aim of the competition was to turn a 1 metre square of their Roman blind fabric into a crafty creation.
Now, I’m no seamstress so this was the perfect opportunity for me to practice my sewing skills and create something lovely. After not much deliberation I settled on upcycling a shoe rack that we’ve been using in our bathroom as towel storage — a shoe rack IKEA hack, if you will ;)
I’ve been desperate to do something lovely with this sad little shoe rack for a while — it’s the perfect size for our bathroom and offers great storage but it was so ugly.
So I decided to turn it into a little bench seat.
Perfect for the boys to sit on when they’re getting dry, still giving us the same storage as before and looking a LOT more pretty too.
Here’s what I did.
I made sure I left a couple of cm around each piece so I could turn them over and make a hem.
I found a few internet tutorials on making piping.
Most of the tutorials I looked at said that the fabric needed to be cut on the bias but there really wasn’t enough fabric to do that. This one by A Summer Gypsy said that you don’t need to cut it on the bias and she was right!
I’m sure it could have been neater but it’s not bad for a first attempt!
Once I’d finished the cushion cover, I made a start on the shoe rack.
I had some Annie Sloan left over from my chest of drawers makeover, so used that. It was Old White I must say, I hadn’t anticipated how long it would take to paint! Because of all the tiny slats, it seemed to take forever; not on a par with painting the Forth Bridge, I grant you, but longer than I’d estimated!
Once it was dry, I re-assembled it; glueing the joins and screwing the painted MDF board to the top of the shoe rack.
The finished cushion sits nicely on the top. Having said that, when I’ve got a little bit more time I may add some velcro strips just to keep it in place.
Here’s my finished bench seat in pride of place in the bathroom!
I’m delighted with how it’s turned out! It fits in so nicely with the bathroom now and we’ve got a little bench seat — as well as storage. So happy with my shoe rack IKEA hack!
Thanks so much to Hillarys Blinds for sending the fabric — amazing what you can do with a 1 meter square piece. It’s certainly given me the appetite to try some more upholstery projects — watch this space :)