When it comes to storage ideas for small spaces, you can never have enough! Using a vintage wooden chest provides valuable storage space and making a cushioned top gives you extra seating, too.
DIY Storage for Small Spaces
By Emma Jeffery
- Ideal for cutting multiple layers of fabric, paper, felt and vinyl
- Pivoting handle locks in three positions - classic stick for familiar feel and control, power position to increase force when cutting thick materials and ergonomic left or right to take pressure off your wrist and improve sightlines
- High-grade, precision-ground, premium steel 45 mm rotary blade stays sharper
- Ergonomically sculpted handle with Softgrip provides added comfort
- Sliding button extends blade guard when not in use
- Designed for both right- and left-handed use
- Full lifetime warranty (excludes blades)
- Adjustable Three-Position Rotary Cutter (45 mm)
- Ultra-sharp, high-grade, stainless steel blades on our 8” RazorEdge™ Easy Action™ Fabric Shears glide through fabric and cut all the way to the tip
- Winner of the Arthritis Foundation® Ease-of-Use Commendation, its spring-action design gently opens blades after each cut to reduce hand strain
- Unique, contoured handle fits the natural shape of your hand and lets you lay fabric flat for more accurate, tabletop cutting
- Ideal for all-purpose, tabletop cuts through fabrics like silk, oil cloth, light leather, polyester, cotton, crepe, felt and much more
- Full lifetime warranty
- RazorEdge™ Easy Action™ Fabric Shears for Tabletop Cutting (8”)
- Highlighted seam allowance makes it easy to cut fabric strips up to 6" wide directly from the bolt
- Broken grid lines and easy-to-read measurements make measuring quick and accurate
- 30-, 45- and 60-degree line indicators make it easy to cut at perfect angles
- Optional non-slip vinyl feet can be added or removed without damaging the ruler
- Made of 3 mm-thick acrylic for lasting durability
- Lifetime warranty
- Acrylic Ruler (6" x 24")
- Extra-large mat provides ample space for all your fabric-cutting needs
- Self-healing mat provides a cutting surface that lasts longer than others
- Easy-to-read measuring grid on both sides means you can turn the mat over for double the usage
- 30-, 45- and 60-degree bias lines make creating triangle and star shapes easy
- Store flat away from sunlight, heat and cold
- Clean with warm water and mild soap
- Lifetime warranty
- Self Healing Cutting Mat: Large (24" x 36")
A pivoting handle adjusts to three positions to increase comfort, improve sightlines and make cutting thick materials easier.
Perfectly sized for cutting fabric from the bolt.
Extra-large mat give you plenty of room to work.
Foam cut to size
Suede home décor fabric
Pins, sewing machine, thread, needle
You can make the most of your small space by having multifunctional furniture, such as this storage bench. Any room in your home can benefit from this bench and with the RazorEdge™ Easy Action™ Shears and the Adjustable Three-Position Rotary Cutter, creating this seat cover will be a breeze.
To Make the Cushioned Top:
1. Measure the length and width of the top of your storage bench and cut a piece of foam to the same dimensions.
2. Cut two pieces of fabric measuring 1” wider and 1” longer than the piece of foam. Use the Adjustable Three-Position Rotary Cutter and rotate it to the power position, so that the blade is directly oriented under the handle, which helps to increase the force when cutting multiple layers of thick fabrics.
3. Cut two strips of fabric measuring 1” deeper and 1” longer than the cut foam.
4. Cut two strips of fabric measuring 1” deeper and 1” wider than the foam.
5. Sew the fabric strips from steps 2 and 3 together with a 1/2” seam allowance to form the cushion sides.
6. Fold the remaining fabric in half and place on the cutting mat. Using the 45 degree angle marked line on the cutting mat and the 2” line on the acrylic ruler, cut 2” wide bias strips of fabric.
7. To sew the bias strips together, place two pieces perpendicular to each other, with right sides facing.
8. Sew together on the diagonal. Sew enough fabric strips together so that they will fit around the entire perimeter of the cushion top. Trim away the extra fabric using the RazorEdge™ Easy Action™ Shears for Tabletop Cutting. These spring-action shears with premium-grade stainless-steel blades give you a precise cut all the way to the tip, while the offset handle helps keep fabric flat and minimizes lifting for even more accurate tabletop cutting.
9. Finger press the bias strips in half with wrong sides facing and place cording in between the fold. Using a piping foot or zipper foot, sew the fabric together, encasing the cording between the layers.
10. Pin, then sew the piping to one piece of fabric cut in step 1, easing the piping around the corners for a smooth finish. The raw edge of the piping will be aligned with the raw edge of the fabric piece. This will be the top of the cushion.
11. Pin, then sew the cushion sides to the cushion top with right sides facing. Check that the side seams are aligned with the corners of the cushion top. The piping will be sandwiched between the layers.
12. Pin, then sew, the remaining fabric piece from step 1 to the rest of the cushion cover. Leave one side unsewn so that it will be possible to insert the foam.
13. Turn the cushion cover to the right side and insert the foam. Hand stitch the remaining cushion side closed. Place the cushioned top on the vintage wooden chest and enjoy your new DIY storage bench.
You now have an extra place to sit plus a storage space for blankets, toys or books. It’s time to relax and enjoy your new furniture piece.
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