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My husband thinks we provide a constant source of entertainment to the neighbors. We don't have a garage, so I frequently tackle DIY projects in the driveway. And when I'm working on a long narrow wooden box just before Halloween, well, you can see it might draw a few comments!
First step was to apply the foam to the structure. The 3M contact cement I used has all kinds of warnings (flammable, health, etc), I was glad I was outside!
Next was to wrap it in polyester batting, to smooth the harsh edges of the foam.
And then finally, I started to add the fabric. It's a bit tricky. We built the banquette in sections and I needed to line up the pattern across the top and the base. You see, my mother was an amazing seamstress. She made lots of my clothes when I was growing up (very helpful, because I was so tall, we couldn't find anything to fit!). And she taught me to sew as well.
One thing that she always emphasized was the need to match patterns. She always worked hard to make sure that everything matches (and to this day, I'm sometimes shocked to see nice quality clothing, with plaids or stripes, that don't line up). With that focus, I spent a lot of time making sure the pattern matches up.
And when the base was done? Richard's first comment was 'your mother would be proud'. Ha ha. She would indeed.....