Remember the pop-up camper that I bought way back in April? And I swore that I was going to do a sewing makeover to it? Well, it's July and I finally got started. With the deconstruction at least, lol.
Don't get me wrong, we've been camping in it in the meanwhile. But I know it's going to be lots more fun when I have all the new cushions, curtains, and matching quilts that I'm imagining.
I decided to start with the cushions.
The cushions were pretty ugly. There are six. Three are rectangular seat cushions and three have a slight arch like this one.
The seat bottom cushions are supposed to have little feet on them to keep them from sliding. Half of mine were missing. I got to play with the drill to remove these. Places online sell rubber speaker feet that I think will be a good replacement if I can't find anything at my local hardware shop.
And even though those ugly covers had zippers they were on so tight I had to cut them off.
I guess I'm committed to this project now!
Check out what was underneath: plywood, foam, and batting. Even though the foam is a bit stained, it smells and feels fine so I'm going to keep it.
To make a pattern for the curved cushions, I laid a piece of scrap fabric over the two that are different and traced the edges.
Then I cut out my 'pattern piece' adding 1/2'' seam allowance all the way around.
The sides are all either 3 1/2'' or 4'' deep and will be sewn from a continuous strip.
I didn't make pattern pieces for the rectangular pieces but simply took measurements. Then I wrote lots of notes and made myself a layout diagram to make sure I waste as little fabric as possible.
This is so fun! And so far it is way easier than I expected. In case you are wondering how I so confidently ripped up and took apart my camper's seat cushions... I was watching Tammy Paradoski's Craftsy Class Professional Slipcovering Techniques while I worked on them. I think I saved so much time and effort by seeing someone else do it first.
Stay tuned for an update on the recovered cushions soon... I can't keep these huge foam and plywood monsters around the house for long. Do you have a camper? Any tips to share?