Patchwork Cushions

This great chair was found on the curb or alley, it's former owner/maker intending for someone to pick it up and enjoy it's deep seat, sturdy boxed arms and matching ottoman.

That's just what my recent customers did - for 6 years now. Time for new cushion covers, but what to choose for fabric and style? 

Turns out they had seen this

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of a danish style upholstered chair and were wondering if I'd do the same with these cushions.  Absolutely! This is the kind of thing I love to do to whoever is willing to pay for the extra work of piecing and a mutually agreed upon cost of fabric made up of discontinued samples and workroom remnants.

The 5.5" to 6" high density foam was in good enough condition to give us a few more years of comfortable seating

The curved ends gave me to see the cushions had been made  "waterfall" in style, or that the fabric wraps the front of the cushion and is joined by either one seam or a bullet/gusset, 2 sides and unseen zipper at back.   This actually lends itself better to all the piece work involved.  I began by cutting a bunch of pieces large enough to show each fabric's design and not create too much bulk in seamwork, a trick with some heavy chenille and velvet scraps.  Better to join them with chintz, linen or silk, so the seam will press down flat.  So I did have to be mindful of what fabrics went where. Who wants to sit on an uncomfortable lump of seamwork just because it looks cool?

 The easier style of waterfall will save them some dough in labor as well as making them look nice utilizing the existing foam.  The otto however - a free standing rectangle we chose to box and double welt. 

A zipper placket of an unpieced portion is much easier and the unmatched pattern from the purple Duralee print doesn't matter because it'll be in the back of the cushions where no one has business to look anyway!  But really, I so enjoyed putting this together -

How fabulous does this look?