Boat cushion before: dirty, mildewy, disgusting…
To make the new foam, we used a combination of techniques:
- Tracing the cushion on to red rosin paper for the top part of the mattress, then laying it on top of the foam
- Using the bottom piece of the existing cushion cover to trace around the bottom piece of the foam
- Matching up the existing cushion to the fresh foam for the non-beveled edges.
Cutting a beveled edge. After we traced both the top and bottom edge, Tig would wield the electric carving knife. This was a two-person job: he cut and watched the top line, while I was underneath, guiding the bottom edge of the knife. Except for a little wobbling here and there, the beveled cut turned out surprisingly well, considering we didn’t have a professional foam cutting tool.
After hours of sewing and resewing (twice)–fueled by lots of late night snacks–the cover is done. Here I am fitting out the cushion. This time, it worked out pretty well, compared to my first botched job.
After all that hard work, V pushed aside her mattress, preferring to jump on fresh foam. This project took longer than we expected due to the kiddos getting sick last weekend. Lil’ man O also got in his two top teeth, so our family (and most of all, yours truly) has been a complete wreck.
On to the next cushion…