Thursday, 19 April 2018

Covering a piece of foam to make a gardening kneeling pad.

This was a nice quick make that I had been meaning to do for ages. I had some waterproof tablecloth fabric already in my stash which was left over from when I made myself a wash bag last year.  You also need a piece of foam the size you want and the denser the better. The piece I used was 3 layers already sandwiched together so it is really sturdy and dense.

Then I placed my foam flat on some greaseproof paper and traced around the edge of it with a pencil. I then added a 1.5 cm seam allowance all the way around. Then I cut out my pattern piece. I then measured the distance completely around the edge of the foam and cut out a long strip including 1.5 cm seam allowances top and bottom and at both ends. Because my fabric was only a small piece I had to cut my edging strip in two so I could fit them on the fabric.

I then cut out 2 pieces of fabric for both pattern pieces.

Here are all of my fabric pieces cut out and you can also see what the reverse of the fabric looks like. It is a tightly woven non stretch fabric with a waterproof right side. It was very easy to sew together because all the sewing is done on the wrong side of the fabric.

The first thing I did was join the long strips together right sides together. Then I pinned the long strip all the way around one of the large pieces right sides together. I then sewed all the way around with a 1.5cm seam allowance. Then I did the same for the other large piece but left one short end open so I could add my foam. I then trimmed the seam allowances to reduce bulk and then turned my cover the right side out through the opening. Then all I had left to do was insert my foam and then hand stitch the opening closed.

I am really pleased with my finished gardening kneeling pad and I know it will get a lot of use. The weeds are growing very fast now that it is finally Spring here in the UK.

Thanks for stopping by and until next time.

Yvonne x

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