F I N A L L Y ! ! !
As our porch nears its long-awaited completion,
we will soon be enjoying this kind of happiness,
found on the website Style + Design:
How much do we LOVE this?!
Now I must do that rope trick on our own porch swing!
Yes, we have a porch swing!
I think we bought it around 5 years ago:
Now I am officially on the hunt for a nice, soft cushion
that looks totally awesome, too!
Exhibit A, from a post from the blog Homestilio,
What kind of crazy cushions are those? You might be wondering.
As the Homestilio blog post title says,
they are called French mattress cushions.
Unless you’re the Ballard Designs catalog,
then they’re called farmhouse cushions:
Call them whatever you want — I’m calling them
MY LATEST (in a long line) OBSESSION!!
Take their 2-seat bench cushions, priced from $73.99 to $140. Please.
The black check 37″ cushion, that I want for our porch,
is sadly 3″ too short for my porch swing.
But how lucky am I?!
I can buy myself a custom cushion on etsy,
starting at around $300 from Irish And Company:
Come ON!! How adorable is this, for $122.76??
But wait. Aren’t you the sewing queen? You might wonder.
Yes, I am, + luckily for me
there are French mattress tutorials all over the place.
Here’s one, from August Blues Slipcover Studio.
I mean, look how cute their logo is!
When it comes to French mattresses, it’s all about that edge:
The French mattress cushion edge is actually a hand-stitching technique.
Furthermore, the top + bottom seams should line up to create this look:
By now, I will have ripped out my stitches about 1,001 times,
in a crazy attempt to make it PERFECT!!!
Yes, while I fear that this project could render me insane,
I love them so much, I just have to give it a try!!
Now that that’s out of the way, let’s get back to the tutorial.
Next, there’s tufting, which doesn’t look so difficult:
I’ll probably risk everything + give it a try.
As always, thanks for reading, + stay tuned!