Monthly Archives: July 2011

Custom covers for RV trailer cushions

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This is a big project I’ve been working on lately. I ordered large foam mattresses(cut them down to size ourselves saving $150 cutting fee) and13 yards of treated polyester canvas from an online fabric distributor for $5 yd. The four bottom cushions are done(these form a bed when a board is laid down the center of the couches)and look great!
I wasn’t having too much fun making these. I have no space to cut large pieces for a large project out of large bolts of fabric. I had to work mostly on the floor(the only 6X8 foot floor space free in my tiny house) and constantly shift the fabric to have cutting room. Then, being a synthetic fabric, it wanted to run away from me while I was sewing. My feed dog does not grab synthetics well at all. I was sure that the covers would be hopelessly wonky.
My mother cut the foam with her electric knife(we used a chalk line to make our cut lines). She has a similar space problem so trying to angle King sized foam mattresses in such a way to make straight cuts was rather difficult. A few oopsies were made. She thought the mistakes would be obvious in the finished cushions.
We were both wrong. It just goes to show you how unperfect you be during the crafting process and still not have things turn out terrible. The main thing is to keep trying and don’t be too hard on yourself. It’s supposed to be fun!

This is just one side but the other side looks the same. The top mattress is cut down to size and the fabric is cut out to make the cover. That should be ready by Friday.
All in all I’ve spent almost 12 sewing hours on this large project. That doesn’t sound like much but when fitting it between everything else I have to do it seemed like a lot.

All that work was worth it though. I don’t know anywhere to get 4 custom, covered seat cushions and a custom covered full mattress for only $200.

I’ll be glad when this project is over and I can move on to making t-shirt diapers for my sister’s baby. I already have 50 t-shirts purchased from yard sales washed and ready to go! I’ll be making at least 4 dozen of those for her and those are very fun to make.

Reusable Fleece Swiffer Duster Tutorial

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A day late and a dollar short? I promised to have this tutorial posted in June and I missed my own deadline. Sorry about that. But speaking of a dollar, you’ll be sure to save a few of those when you sew up a couple of these and stop buying the disposable duster covers.
It’s really easy to do and all you need is your empty Swiffer Duster wand, an old fleece blanket, clothing item or scraps, and needle and thread.
First cut 6 rectangles from fleece. You will need 2 of each: 7X9 inches, 5×8 inches, 3×7 inches.
Use a drinking glass as a guide to curve the top edge of the smallest rectangles.

Stack the smaller rectangles on the medium rectangles and mimic the curve. Stack again and curve the largest rectangles.
Now rearrange the stack so that it goes small, medium, large, large, medium, small.
Place your empty swiffer on top of the pieces and use pins to mark the center line, the outside edges and the top as shown in the picture. *See note about the side pins further on!


Sew the center seam. Remember, it does not go to the fabric edge!


Next, sew the outer seam. I sewed 1/4 inch outside of my pins to make room for those bumps in the swiffer. ***I realize I put the pins on the narrowest part of the swiffer in earlier pictures. That’s misleading. Don’t sew on that line or you won’t be able to insert your swiffer! So pin outside the bumps or sew 1/4 inch outside the narrowest part if you pin like I did.


Now this is what I consider to be the tricky part. Cut the large pieces into 1/2-3/4 inch wide strips. You will need to remove a few triangle pieces around the curve. Compensate for any gaps in one large layer by alternating where you cut the strips on the other large piece.


Then cut the medium layers in 3/8-1/2 inch strips. You will need to remove triangles around the curves here too.


Lastly, cut the smallest pieces in 1/4-3/8 inch strips. I didn’t bother to remove triangles on these pieces.
Insert your swiffer and start dusting! If your swiffer cover is a little loose on the frame, use a safety pin near the handle and through both side layers of fabric to hold it on while you dust. It just so happens that mine turned out perfect the first time. 😀


And it works great! Fleece is so great at attracting dust and lint that I had to keep picking off all the little thread bits that it snagged while I was making this tutorial. I finally gave up and figured that it just demonstrates how well it works. 😛