Window Seat and Valances

I’ve been toying with the idea of building a side business, wherein people pay me money, like legal US tender, to do the projects I love on their behalf. I’m starting with developing a portfolio and taking on a variety of projects for other people.

My co-worker recently had his kitchen renovated and he and his wife needed some custom-sewn pieces to finish it out – valances for the windows and a box cushion and pillows for their new window seat.

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Valances

The window seat cushion needed to be custom as it was quite long (91″ on one side) and trapezoidal. If you’re in the Austin area, I highly recommend Capitol City Upholstery Supply – I’ve ordered from them a few times and they always do a great job measuring precisely, and I haven’t found better prices for the quality. Their medium-dense foam is perfect for a box cushion like this.

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Window Seat Cushion

Sewing a trapezoidal box cushion while trying to match stripes turned out to be a lot trickier than I expected. I had to recut the side panels because I’d forgotten to account for my hem allowance with the angles. I’m no math wiz, but I can’t remember the last time I forgot to add a hem allowance in my cuts. My brain was just not computing a 3D trapezoid right the first time around. But the second time around was the charm and the seams lined up very respectably.

The customer also asked for low, long pillows to line the edges of the window seat. I love making pillows, I think because I love closing them. A ladder stitch just looks like magic – a few stitches, then you pull it closed, and presto! the seam is gone.

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Magic pillows

More client projects to come!

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