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Sunday, March 17, 2013

It's My Turn! Get Off!!!!

This happens every time.  I guess that I am going to have to start making two of everything... Make that three.  One for me.  One for Zar and one for Tessie.  Spike is well mannered and shares with everyone.

I did the daybed this morning and as soon as I finished, it started.

Zar got there first and Tessie didn't like it.

Personally, I am getting tired of having to fight for everything I make.  Even when it's meant for me.

In case you want to play along, here's the original pattern for the daybed.  As usual, if you use it, I would love to see it...Also it is for personal use only.  Not for resale.  Pattern or finished furniture.

It is very simple.  Balsa, a couple of super cardboard tampons.  Not the fancy plastic kind.

A light bulb went on over my head this morning.  I have always sawed dowels in half when I wanted a rolled arm on furniture. 

I grabbed a tampon and went to work.  I cut it the length of the arm.  Then I cut a piece out of it about as wide as the balsa that I was using...3/8".

I had already cut the three pieces of balsa that I needed(see pattern).

I also cut a piece of card stock the same size and shape as the mattress.

As you can see, I glued one edge of the tampon to the top of the arm and let the rest curl over the side.  I then put this against some card stock and traced it for the two ends of the arm.

By the way, I rounded the two ends by drawing around a penny.  Then I cut them out with the jigsaw.
I wouldn't recommend that anybody doing this for the first time use fabric that has to be lined up or matched.  The fabric that I used was double tough.  It had to be lined up and it was on the bias.  Not a lot of fun to do.

I used batting from just above where the mattress goes to the bottom of the outer tampon, with just enough to tuck under the edge of the tampon on the outside.

I ran a strip of fabric around three sides of the two base pieces.
Then I covered the rolled arm, starting on the inside and working over the top.  I tucked the end of the fabric inside, atop the batting and glued it in place against the balsa.

I wrapped a strip of fabric across the outside, under the arm and glued it in place with the edges rolled to the ends and bottom and glued in place to cover.I wrapped the top of the mattress around the card stock.  Batting cut to fit and the fabric large enough to wrap around to the back of all four sides and glued.

The front leg of the daybed is simply a piece of the inside of the tube.  It happens to measure 1/2", the same as the height of the placement line on the other end.  You can adjust the pattern according to the height of the beads or whatever you use for legs.

I glued everything together and pinned it to hold until dry, right through the layers.

I now have to go lock a couple of people in a closet and claim my daybed.  It's actually my turn.   I need a rest...

See you tomorrow.


12Create said...

The day bed looks great, especially in that fabric. No wonder they are fighting over it. Thanks for the tutorial.

Lucille said...

Cute couch, Casey! I love check fabric and the black and white check you chose is rather refreshing as we don't often see it in decorating magazines and in minis.

Kathi said...

Very cool design. Love it!

emily miller talbott said...

Casey, every single day I look forward to your posts! I love that you go off the beaten path with your designs & ideas! One day I will attempt to be crafty, but until then, I'll live vicariously through you and your motley crew! ;)

This is the best use of a tampon that I have ever seen! ;)

Grandma C said...

I am in awe of your creative talents; imagination and humor. The daycouch is so cute! Thank you for posting tutorials!

The grandmommy said...

LOL They look so funny fighting. Him holding on to the window and her with her foot up ahahha.
Anyway the day bed is so very pretty.

mcddiss said...

has hecho un gran trabajo con ese divan, y me gusta mucho la tela que has elegido , muchas gracias por los patrones y las explicaciones



Fabiola said...

Your daybed is amazing. Thanks for the tutorial.
Greetings, Faby

Steinworks said...

what a great tutorial, thank you very much :)