How to Make No-Sew Cushions for Banquette Seating or Window Seats

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I finally completed the cushions for our banquette seating around the kitchen table. I had the bench built-in right after we moved here a year and a half ago. It only took me this long to do my part!

No sewing. Water proof. Washable. These were my non negotiable’s on the project. ANYONE can do this. If you have a window seat and want to make a cushion for it, this is the way to go.

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What you will need:

– Measurements (width and depth)
– Thin boards (I used 1/4 inch thick boards and had the store cut them to my sizes)
– Foam from a craft store. I purchased 3″ thick, but they come in 1″, 2″ and so on…
– Fabric: I wanted mine to be waterproof since we have small kids and this is at our table. I purchased a vinyl fabric to go underneath and then a cotton pattern to go on the top. My top fabric was a light upholstery grade fabric. It could be used for curtains or other type project.
– Staple gun
– Fabric tape, or duck tape.
– Measuring tape
– Scissors
– Sharp serrated kitchen knife

STEP 1

First I cut the foam to the sizes of my boards. I used a serrated kitchen knife which worked well. The store used an electric knife like our mothers used when they carved our thanksgiving turkeys but I don’t have one of those antiques. I have to say it did make the cleanest cut, but my kitchen knives worked ok too.

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STEP 2

Next I attached the vinyl fabric around the foam and to the boards with a staple gun. See the picture for how I did the corners. they came out very nice a square looking when finished.

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STEP 3

Finally I attached the fabric with tape to the bottom of the boards. I used tape instead of staples so I could pull it off and wash it without ruining it.

It’s that easy.

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Thanksgiving Table Inspiration

It’s here, the start of crazy season. This week I’m taking it easy at This Beautifully Imperfect Life – not so much at home! But I thought I would share a little last minute inspiration for your thanksgiving table. Enjoy!

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Rainbow Art Party

Well, the birthdays just keep coming! This one was really fun, and fairly easy.

Theme: Rainbow Art Party
Age: 10

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We opted to have it in an art studio where an artist instructed the girls on painting a picture. Each participant painted their own so they came out unique but “the same”.

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Invitations: I designed these and had them printed up and we mailed them out about two weeks ahead of time. They didn’t say “NUM.1” on them, obviously. Who names their kids such things?

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Activities: We started with some food and chatting while we waited for everyone to arrive. Then we began the painting. The teacher instructed them on the background and while they waited for that to dry they took a break for dinner. After dinner and snacks, they finished their masterpieces.

Food: We had pizza delivered for our main course and with it we had rainbow fruit and veggie platters. As a treat I let the girls have some soda with straws and “clouds”. they came out so cute! Then while they returned to painting we had some rainbow candy to snack on.

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Cake: Since I didn’t have time to make my own double decker rainbow dot cake, I made a run to the grocery.  They said they usually needed 24 hours notice, but since I am a “special customer” they would make an exception. So sweet! But since I don’t know them, and because this is a big chain grocery, I’m sure that’s what they call all their customers. But it didn’t matter, I needed a cake and they were happy to help me out in a pinch.

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Decorations: I made rainbow puffs and stuck them on sticks in jars. The food was as much decoration as anything. Then I added a pennant, personal poster and the glasses with straws and clouds topped it off.

The girls had a lot of fun, and it wasn’t too difficult for me either. Fall is busy 🙂

Weekend Inspiration

I have been going back through some photos of the kids rooms in previous houses lately. Their rooms were so much cuter before. I guess I had more time back then. Now that we are in this house to stay for a long time, I want to make their rooms nice. So this weekend I am looking for inspiration for little girl’s (and medium girl’s) rooms that are shared. Have a look…Little-Girls-Bedroom-Designs-With-Pink-Curtain

I love those circles on the wall. Looks like they are just fabric in looms hung on the wall. How easy is that!

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That lamp is cute with the bobbles on the bottom. I could do that! And I like the colored headboard idea.

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Not sure I would actually do anything that is in this room, but I just think it is too stinkin’ cute to not pass along!

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So much about this room I love. Color of the walls, light fixture, drapes, lampshades, pillows, artwork, bed frame. Seriously not typical, and so beautiful.

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Those colors and fabrics are so sweet.

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I am in love with striped walls right now. And poofs (see that pink one in there).

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This picture is hard to really see, but I love that word “giggle” on the wall. Wouldn’t it be cool to do a collage of words like that above each girl’s bed but use words that describe her? I may have to try it.

Wooden Monogram Room Decor

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I’m so excited these things are finally done! It took me WEEKS to: get the paint, find the time to paint them, realize I didn’t have the right kind of paint, get back to the store, find more time to paint, fend off little fingers that wanted to touch them while I was working, retouch them and finally get them on the wall.

Weeks I tell you.

When I was younger, without children, I would have had this done in a morning. ONE morning. But if I was younger, and without children, I wouldn’t need to make these, would I?

When you look at it that way – I will take the weeks-long-project any day.

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I am accessory-challenged which means I’m not good at putting the finishing touches on a room. So I have to look long and hard for artwork and the detail-y things that make a room look designed. But when I saw something like this somewhere (which I couldn’t remember) I thought it would work really nice in the big girl’s room. So I went in search of them and found these on Etsy from Monogramsy Letters.  I bought the large ones for $30 each, unpainted. When they arrived, I was really pleased with the quality. They are about 1/2 inch thick and the workmanship is excellent.

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I talked with the big girls about how they wanted to paint them and after we got past the tie-dye and unicorn-type ideas we settled on black with white poke dots. I have to admit, I felt like this idea was stretching my crafting abilities a bit. I wasn’t sure how I was going to get the polkadots to looks good. But my friend, Donna, told me about a special round sponge brush you can get at the craft store that helps make your dots look excellent. She is always right!