The Papasan Flower Chair
How to Make a giant flower out of memory foam and fuzzy fabric.
By Rob Cockerham |
In combination with the foamboard form, cutting fabric shapes was a cinch. This fabric is stretchy. It would have been a nightmare to measure, mark and cut with scissors.
Sixteen petals cut, I started pinning.
It took two nights to get all the petals sewn together.
Eight petals together, inside out.
I wonder if I'll ever sew something small.
The center octogons were the final panels to be attached.
When I got everything together, I was dying to stuff this orange mess with my foam petals, but I gave it a through examination. I didn't want to have to fix any holes after I had coaxed the foam inside.
At the last minute I added two strips of velcro to the bottom. It wasn't as nice as a zipper, but it was better than sewing the access shut, or leaving it open on the finished chair.
It was a tight squeeze getting all the foam pieces into this little opening.
In theory, I can still pull out the foam and wash this fabric shell.
The completed flower chair.
It looks great, and if feels incredible. Super-soft memory foam covered with baby-blanket soft fuzzy fabric. It's a dream to lie in. I love it!
The fabric cover was more snug than the stunt ottoman, which improved the look. I was somewhat disappointed that the fabric gave just enough support to the petals that they didn't curve outward, like the bare foam had. I also noticed that the squeezed petals didn't quite meet each other around the perimeter of the flower. Next time I'd start with oversized petals, and trust the fabric to squeeze them enough that they fit snugly into the bowl.
Another fun furniture project complete, and now I'm ready to set up the camera for my Anne Geddes calendar shoot!
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