So I planned to find a sweatshirt at a thrift shop and use it to make a comfy, one-of-a-kind stadium seat. When I couldn’t find an appropriate sweatshirt, I settled for an Under Armour t-shirt, size large.
- Foam square for seat (14″ x 14″)
- Canvas webbing for handle (about 10″)
- Zipper (22″ long)
- Team t-shirt
The shirt was just the right size to fit over the foam. I began by placing the shirt flat on the floor and centering the foam square over it. There was a line where the fabric had picked about 6 inches below the logo, so I made sure that area was not used. Once I had the foam centered exactly where it needed to be, I drew a line around it with chalk and cut it out, leaving about an inch all the way around for the seam allowance.
|If you look really closely at the bottom of the square I drew with chalk, you can see the bad spot on the fabric|
I repeated this step on the back of the shirt.
|I figured the logo on the back of the shirt belonged on the back of the seat so made sure it was included.|
|I left this part of the shirt intact but cut it down to about 4 inches (the foam square is 3″ high) to leave .5″ seam allowances|
|It was a perfect fit – no stitching required!|
Next, with right sides together, I pinned the right side of the top (logo) side of the shirt to the right side of the gusset and stitched all the way around.
|Two pins side-by-side (far right side) is my sign to STOP stitching – and cut off the excess zipper|
|All pinned up with nowhere to go!|
I created the handle out of the webbing by cutting a length of about 10″, then covered it with fabric from one of the sleeves from the shirt.
|Even though the seat is super-lightweight, I stitched the handle on with two parallel stitches on each side to make sure the fabric holds the weight of the cushion. Don’t want any snagging!|
All stitched up…time to add the foam square!
I had an opportunity to test out my handiwork yesterday when we went to the football game with some friends. Super comfortable! Non-grumpy Laura. More enjoyable game for all involved!
Thanks for reading! See you next week,