Hi everyone, I hope you are enjoying this week’s IHN Back-ToSchool Blog Hop!

Today I’m going to share the details on how I made our really easy homemade reading nook! Okay, not the bench part, but the cushion at least!

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Remember that left over peg board from my desk stabilizing efforts? Well, I convinced my husband to cut this bad boy into the exact size to fit the top of my Ikea Besta Shelf Unit.

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Next I went to JoAnn’s Craft Store and purchased some 3” foam, cute fabric, and some fabric glue called Fabric Fusion.

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I laid out the fabric pretty side down, then added the foam and finally the peg board.

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Next I folded up the fabric along the short edges, and ran a strip of the fabric glue along the edge. Then we stapled the corners  along the short side down using a staple gun.

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Next I folded up and secured the corners so that the edges are smooth on the side that will be showing.

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Here is a close up of the corner. I’m sure there are better ways to fold these, but I’m not exactly a seamstress, so this is what I came up with!

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We repeated these steps all the way around the board, gluing then stapling the edges all the while pulling the fabric taut.

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Next we flipped it over to see our completed cushion!

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Next we put the cushion in its new home on our reading bench and added some accent pillows to create an inviting little reading nook for everyone!

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And here it is along the wall with all of the other shelving units.

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54 Comments

  1. It’s been a few years since you made the no-sew cushion… if you still have and use it, has the fabric held up? I’m wondering if the material stretched and loosened over the years. Thanks!

    Tam-O
  2. Have you discovered the staples poking you when you compress the cushion? I like the idea but I would think the sharp ends of the staples would poke people sitting down on the cushion.

    Brian Leitzinger
  3. Morning, loving your work! I purchased a new sofa because of the style (fainting sofa), with the idea to re-cover with a more desirable cloth. I would like to know if I should pull off the new cover or glue the new fabric. If so, what instructions could u conclude as the best possible glue and instructions. I have viewed may post and have not received not one response, thanks

    1. I’m sorry I don’t understand your question. I created a homemade bench covering using a staple gun as shown in the blog post. I don’t know the best way to re-cover a couch, but I’m sure Google would have that answer 🙂

      erica
  4. This is very helpful, I am wanting to redecorate my daughter’s room and had a vision but not “crafty” enough to design. I am going to use several of the tips you provide for your design and use for her room which I am going to pull off as a Christmas surprise! Thanks!!

    ~ Jay

    Jay

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