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  • What material is this and how would i recreate this?

    Hi there,

    Sounds like a tall order for my first post.

    I'm trying to make one of these and i'm seeing alot of them, but no real steps on how to do it, or the materials needed.

    Could you have a look at this image and let me know what i need to buy to recreate this? - I'm looking at filling this with bean bag filler once made, so it makes a nice comfortable seat

    I have the sewing pattern and shapes already.

    Would it also be possible to get a small 'simple' guide on how to sew a cuboid together? i would be really grateful for your help and tips!

    Thanks!
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    Hi. You say you have the pattern - are there any instructions in the pattern? There should be details of how much fabric is required, what type is best and basic instructions. It's difficult to advise on quantities without dimensions. As for type of material - obviously it needs to be something sturdy and not as likely to rip or fray, after that you can choose whatever you want to suit your decor! Whenever I had queries about type of fabric I would take my pattern intoa fabric shop and ask - they will show you what they have available that is suitable. Can't think of any specific instructions for sewing a cuboid - just attach all sides, leaving a gap to turn it the right out out. Slip stitch the gap once stuffed. Good luck!
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    • #3
      I agree with Cathy if you have a pattern it should state on the cover the materials that are best for that pattern. Looking at the pic I would suggest leatherette or strong upholstery material.

      As for sewing it pin the four sides to one of the top/bottom sides then machine a 1 cm seam all around backstitching over the corners. If it was me making it then I would strengthen the seams by covering them with bias binding. One tip I can pass on is to snip the corners off to make it easier to get neat corners when turned the right way.

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      • #4
        unfortunately its just a black and white guide for the corner shapes and hearts. I probably underestimated the term "sewing pattern".

        I was thinking of making it 21x21x21 cubic inches (3.65 cubic feet)

        Thanks for the tips! taken on board.

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        • #5
          I am wondering about the filling - I dont think beanbag filling will do the job, it needs something firm like packed wadding to keep the shape and less stress on the fabric. Beans move about a lot and there are many seems that will create weak areas. (Not that I am doubting your sewing ability) but nature being what it is one piece of fabric is stronger than many sewn together.
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          • #6
            Originally posted by PaulineR View Post
            As for sewing it pin the four sides to one of the top/bottom sides then machine a 1 cm seam all around backstitching over the corners.
            Could i just point out that only sew a 1cm seam if that what the pattern says, otherwise it could go a bit wrong!
            Rudi

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            • #7
              The Material looks like a very thick felt? that would look cool in a short fur material too. Or a mix of the 2

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              • #8
                If you have kids like mine, I'd put in a lining of some sort before you fill it with beans. I had to re line my daughters beanbag after they had a jumping contest on it and burst BOTH seams! It took ages to hoover up all the escaped beans cos they go every where!
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                • #9
                  I have seen this made as Plushie ( small toys) on another forum. If you wanted to make this as a seat cube you would have to make it with a solid foam cube filler. I would make it in an upholstry fabric may be a velor, and posibly make it in a way you could remove the cover for washing.
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                  • #10
                    Thanks for all the help in this thread. Its really great.

                    I had a look at efoam.co.uk and it seems quite expensive to get the foam. A cheaper option might be to make a wooden box, the cover it with fabric, and cushion the seat part with half a pillow or something cheapness prevails!

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                    • #11
                      That would be a good Idea. You could make it that the top opend and the box could be used as storage.
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