Posted by: Paulette
A couple of years ago I was driving by a neighbor's house and saw a pile of junk sitting on the curb for pickup. I'm embarrassed to say that I drove by quite a few times before working up the courage to look through the junk and ask if I could have some of it. In this world of pickers, refashionistas and upcyclers, I should not be embarrassed to pick through someone's castaways. The thing that I'd seen from the street was the wonderful wrought iron detail. What I didn't know was that it was a blanket chest. After asking permission I loaded it into my van. After a little cleaning, and loading it up with blankets, it sat under a window in my room. But recently I got the idea that it could be a bench, and I could have a sort of window seat.
So, now I'll show you how I did it.
First, gather your supplies.
covered buttons kit
marker or pencil
long needle (5 inches or longer)
fabric for covering bench and small piece of fabric for covering buttons
First, you'll need to do some measuring and math (ick) to mark where your holes will be.
This next part is the most difficult. Hold the batting on, and flip it over onto the wrong side of your fabric.
Now comes the fun part! Cover your buttons according to the instructions on your kit. And then you can begin tufting the bench.
I'll be using a yellow yarn to show how to do this. Use the dental floss. It's strong, and easier to work with than upholstery thread.
Take two strands of dental floss 16 inches each and tie a square knot to the washer. Thread your needle with all 4 strands of floss.
Repeat for the rest of your buttons.