Sewed: Striped Breakfast Nook Cushion

I really love IKEA because their stuff is so durn awesome and cheap, but I’m still not exactly sure how to feel about it. First, everything is made in China (which, don’t get me wrong, is not necessarily bad but do you know how much coal they burn in those factories over there???). And second, is it possible to make that much stuff out of wood without deforesting half of the globe, you know? They seem to have this whole earth-friendly vibe going on but I’m not sure if I’m just being duped by their team of marketing savants or what. So I’d really like to have more info on that.

In the end my uncertainty about IKEA did not prevent me from buying a new table and bench (Norden series, for those of you wondering) and while the 2.5 hours my hubby and I spent assembling it surely could have been better spent playing GTA IV or sewing, respectively, I am still a little hyper about how awesome they look in my kitchen:


: : Also pictured: Tripp Trapp High Chair, Splat Mat, Eames Molded Side Chair : :

I love that although I meticulously relocated all of the junk in the kitchen to make it look like we have this pristine living space, my domestic achievements are betrayed by the discarded plastic toddler fork on the floor. Alas.
It took me awhile to futz with the layout; originally I had the bench along the wall with the clock, but the cookbook cube kindof got in the way when trying to sit on the bench, and now I’m still a little unsure about this setup because the person sitting on the bench now has a windowsill and potted plants to contend with. But I like the overall breakfast-nook-look here far better than the original setup so it really doesn’t matter. Old setup shown here:


That really didn’t work. Although there were four chairs around the table, due to the fact that it was normally pushed up against the wall only two chairs were actually usable. NOW we have four places for adults to sit (well, after the blue Eames chair on backorder arrives) and one place for Elliot.

Of course once I had the new table and bench I had to make a cushion for the bench:


I made it from two pieces of IKEA fabric and two old bed pillows that were flat and musty. I took two pieces of fabric about 20″ x 60″ (the bench is 60″) and just sewed them together and put a seam down the middle to divide the two pillows. It was pretty tricky sewing the pillows into the case, and I ended up getting some puckerage. Maybe if I did it again I’d put snaps or velcro at the end so I could take the pillows out and wash it. But whatevs. It’s just a seat cushion.

9 thoughts on “Sewed: Striped Breakfast Nook Cushion

  1. Hi- I’m new here, but I LOVE the breakfast nook vibe. I keep trying to convince my family that we need one, but to no avail.

    I hear you on the IKEA stuff- they make SO much stuff, but always claim to be eco-friendly. When a company is that big, I think it can be hard to keep an eye on every step that goes into every product.

  2. Ah, you people who live within a days drive of an Ikea…how I envy you. I can’t figure out why we don’t have one here!

    I love the bench cushion. The bench looks good where it is. That’s the coolest high chair I’ve ever seen!

  3. Hey There – I think I left a comment here yesterday, ummmm – Yes, I did! Darling little dresses. Anyhoo, great use of space! And I do love that high chair. Speaking of IKEA – they could come take pictures of my home to put in their catalog, so we are hooked-on-IKEA around here. Good job on the cushions – great colors. Very festive!

  4. Wow, great job! That bench cushion looks absolutely comfy!! Here is my favorite scone recipe…let me know how it turns out! Also, we prefer these scones without the spiced butter.

    “Hazelnut Chip Scones”

    Ingredients:
    4 cups all-purpose flour
    3 tablespoons sugar
    4 teaspoons baking powder
    1/2 teaspoon salt
    1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
    3/4 cup cold butter
    1 egg, separated
    1-1/2 cups refrigerated hazelnut nondairy creamer or half-and-half cream
    1-1/2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
    Additional sugar
    SPICED BUTTER:
    1/2 cup butter, softened
    3 tablespoons brown sugar
    1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
    1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg

    Directions:
    In a bowl, combine the first five ingredients; cut in butter until crumbly. In a bowl, whisk egg yolk and creamer; add to dry ingredients just until moistened. Stir in the chocolate chips.
    Turn onto a floured surface; knead 10 times. Divide dough in half. Pat each portion into a 7-in. circle; cut into eight wedges. Separate wedges and place on greased baking sheets.
    Beat egg white; brush over dough. Sprinkle with additional sugar. Bake at 425° for 15-18 minutes or until golden brown. Meanwhile, in a small mixing bowl, combine the spiced butter ingredients; beat until smooth. Serve with warm scones. Yield: 16 scones.

  5. Hi, I am new here as well. I really love your nook. As well, the itty bitty dress pattern is wonderful, thank you. I took note of your GTA IV and sewing comment, as that was my weekend with my husband. Interesting. Take care!

  6. Sweet! I like it better against that wall, I think. I’ll have to come over some time and sit on your cushions…they are very cute. Love the new chair too.

  7. Great bench cushions! I love Ikea!

    While I was visiting family in Hong Kong a few years ago, I was surprised to find out that they consider Ikea furniture expensive. And don’t even get me started on the polution in China. I was there for a few days and the smog was unbelievable. They tried to tell us it was foggy!!

  8. What a great use of space and I love the cushion! I also love the fork on the floor… thank you for making my house look normal!

  9. wow.. what a GREAT idea on old pillows.. i NEVER thought to use them that way.. i had been chucking them out to the dump.. NOW.. i wont do that.. and TRY this for my own bench! thanks for sharing this idea!

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