Ahhh, now that summer is here and we are eating outside a lot I have the good fortune of having two children who find it impossible to sit nicely at the dinner table when we do eat indoors. Good times. So, when I was browsing a local bargain store the other day and found really pretty vinyl tablecloths at $3.50 a pop I had a vision...booster seats! And not just any booster seats but nice cushion-y ones that could also be used on the floor for reading stories. Cushion-y fun booster seats that wiped clean and didn't stain...oh, now this sounded really good to me!
Let's take a gander at what I'm a-talkin' about:
Yup, love-ly...cute...and functional!?! Say it ain't so!
Ok, so let me tell ya what you need so you can make some pretty, functional and oh-so-cushion-y booster seats in your home!
Booster Seat Cushions (makes a 12 x 4 inch booster seat)
1 vinyl tablecloth
1 bag of poly-fil (I used 1 average bag for two seats)
rotary cutter and mat
hand sewing needle and thread
Here are my accomplices, vinyl tablecloths (oh, how I love them so)...
Ok, so first cut one square of your tablecloth measuring 12.5 inches x 12.5 inches...
Next, take your bigger square and fold it on the diagonal with right sides together. Your basically making a triangle, comprendo? I thought so!
Then, measure 4.5 inches in from the tip and sew a straight line down it like the picture above. Do this with all four sides.
Then, take your scissors and snip off the tips being sure not to cut your stitched lines you just made!
It should look like the picture above (ummm, a basket of sorts?) when all the corners have been snipped.
Then, take your smaller square of tablecloth you cut earlier and match the edges up with the previous "bucket" piece from the step above. Make sure right sides are together! Sew with a straight stitch on 3 of the four sides only!
Now, just flip it right side out and stuff with your poly-fil.
With that last open side, fold the edges in a 1/4 to a 1/2 inch and then what I like to do is take binder clips to hold it together while I hand stitch the opening closed.
ANNND, they are even better when your kids actually sit at the table because they are so excited to sit on something that boosts them up!
Ya can't beat that!
(Once again please ignore the half naked diaper-clad child, she loves to be nakie, I 'm telling myself it's just a phase...errr, a REALLY long one!!)