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:: the sewing bee ::

Thursday, 17 March 2011

Adirondack Mama is back after taking a little break—and I actually got a bit of sewing done this week! So I’m joining in her Sewing Bee

On my sewing table…

It began life as a quilt…

…and ended its useful life with a lot of rips and holes and places where the white bits had turned sort of grey from the dog rolling around on it over the years.

But there was still a lot of good fabric there, and yards and yards of batting. I knew I could do something with it; I just didn’t know what. So I folded it & put it in the basement until inspiration struck.


We got the kids a wagon for Christmas—the old-fashioned kind with the wooden rails on the sides. There is a company that makes cushions for these wagons, with high-density foam and some sort of weather-resistant fabric. They charge $80 for these cushions. And I thought: Surely I can make a cushion set like that for far less than $80…

And I probably could have. But then I thought: Hey—I still have that old quilt downstairs! and Why do they need all that extra padding, anyway? It’s a wagon; it’s not supposed to be comfortable to ride in…

And here we are.

When we put the wagon together, I saved the heavy paper lining from inside the wagon to use as a pattern.

I cut off the flaps that went up the sides of the wagon, but I’ll be using them to make a pattern for the side rail cushion later on…

…picked a relatively clean and unripped spot on the quilt and traced around the pattern with a disappearing-ink fabric pen…

…and cut.

Then I just pinned on some wide binding tape

sewed all the way around, and Robert’s your father’s brother—a nice little pad for the bottom of the wagon.

It’s not the prettiest thing I’ve ever sewn—in fact, it probably rivals the really ugly patchwork pillow I made in Girl Scouts when I was nine as the ugliest thing I’ve ever sewn—but it’s together. And it softens the bottom of the wagon a bit—you can’t feel the heads of the bolts underneath it at all.

I will eventually be finishing a double-layer cushion for the sides of the wagon—the ends of the bolts holding the wooden side rails in place stick out there, and while they’re covered with plastic caps so they’re not a hazard, I can’t imagine they’d be comfortable to lean against. If I get around to it I’d like to make a second pad for the bottom as well, just to make it a little more comfortable a ride. But in the meantime this little cushion makes it a bit more comfortable, at least.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. Rhonda permalink
    Thursday, 17 March 2011 4:45 pm

    Nicely done!

  2. Jill permalink
    Thursday, 17 March 2011 4:59 pm

    Nothing handmade is ever ugly!! Your kids will love this new pad and when you tell them you made it (and they are old enough to appreciate this fact!) it will be a cherished item that they will use with their kids 🙂

  3. Friday, 18 March 2011 5:47 pm

    great remake!

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