Wax Jobs and Seat Cushions: Doing It Right the Wrong Way

I didn’t write a blog post yesterday.  I know many of you were holding your breath.  You can suck in air now.

The truth is, after a show, I’m kinda drained.  A little bit physically and a lot mentally.  It’s hard to pick up where I left off creatively.  I literally have a couple of days of “now what was I doing?” and “what was I gonna do next?”

So, I cleaned my house instead.

Top to bottom.

It felt great, but I still didn’t know what to do next.  I still don’t.  So, here’s a project from last week.  Hey, at least I remembered to take pictures!

This is another chair for a client.  I wasn’t given any instructions, just materials.

I laid a section of newspaper on the seat and tried to crease the edges to make a pattern.  I know this seems relatively simple, but there was a teeny tiny bit of cursing and some ripping going on…not gonna lie.

I used the newspaper pattern to cut out my foam.  I think I bought this foam at a garage sale or thrift store.  It came in a package of two 1″ thick pieces.  Nice and small for my chair project.  Trace the pattern with a pen.  Just know that half the time the pen won’t write, so you’ll be ripping the pen into the foam to create a trail.

Are you noticing a pattern in my projects, yet?  Absolute perfection and ease, you say?  Yeah, that’s it!

Continuing on:

Now lay your foam on your doubled fabric and cut around it, leaving a 5/8″ seam allowance on all sides.

Next, I cut a strip of fabric for the edging of my foam seat.  Foam thickness plus 5/8″ seam allowance on both sides. Now, this is where you “do as I say, not as I do.”  Mmmmkay?  Seriously.  See all those corners on the foam pad.  Yeah, cut tiny strips, sew them together and fit them in those corners so you have nice angles.  I didn’t do that.  I just used one long strip ‘cuz I think I’m clever enough to figure out how to do this the “easy” way.  (Actually, it’s much harder to do it the way I did it…and it’s WRONG!)  So, measure and cut each side and sew them.  (This is also an experiment to see if you actually READ blogs or just look at the pictures.)  Good for you, you actually read!

And here she is all finished with a new foam seat and as nice a wax job as a Brazilian supermodel.  Yes, that is the end of the tutorial because I can’t show you the wrong way to do things, can I?  I promise, one day I’ll do the seat correctly and then I’ll give you a step-by-step tutorial….the right way!   BTW, the client was thrilled.  She has no idea I didn’t do it “right” because it came out looking fine.  (She said wiping sweat from her brow).

Don’t you love that detail?

And another finished picture just because I took it…not that you need to see it again.  She’s cute, yes? Maybe I should have stenciled a crown on her seat.  Nah, she’s too delicate for that.  What say you?

Bye from the bungalow,



  1. Boy! Don’t I know that feeling of being anxious to get a project done and “why not try a different way to do this.. I’m sure it will be easier!” Ha, ha! Yes, it does get us in a bit of trouble but in your case, the seat cushion is just fine! And as you said, the customer is happy with it! I’m not sure about the image either. My suggestion is that if you did do something, it would work if the image looked worn and faded. Just a thought. Thanks for sharing your projects with everyone!!

    • I seem to have a short-term memory when it comes to projects. I forget that doing it the “easy” way is never easier. I always manage to complicate things when I try to take a short cut!

  2. That looks really good-in spite of looping the long strip around the corners and not cutting it…lol (you see I always read every word of a blog-I’m crazy like that). Nice wax job and the chair looks great. I will say that I, personally, will not be going for a Brazilian wax any time soon- xo Diana

    • Haha! I can’t even say I read every word of a blog! I’m definitely in it for the eye candy! Thank you, though, for reading every word!

  3. I LOVE IT!!!! I personally do not do anything the right way or the easy way, but in my mind it is all perfect. I do prefer the InJEANious way of doing everything. She is a mighty gift woman with a great sense of humor and a fabulous friend! I not only read every word of your blog….. I skim through all my emails each day hoping for a new one! My happy fix of the day! You are also inspiring us “up the street” to be more creative and get some stuff done! Thanks!

    • Well, you inspire me to get OUT OF THE HOUSE and go enjoy life in Montana. (or a cruise to Alaska, as the case may be). Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have a fancy SUV in my driveway to test drive!


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