Step-by-step tutorial to make your own Ballard-style tufted French mattress cushion in just a few hours using basic material and sewing skills.
我很兴奋终于能和大家分享我做的这件毛绒法式床垫，因为它已经做了2年了。对，真的？我们完成的时候就在计划里our French-style bench out of a pair of broken chairs(because that was inspired by a Ballard Designs bench that is no longer available with a similar cushion) and it's been sitting half-completed in my workroom ever since.
Like many other things I put off,by the time I actually get to it I can't believe I didn't get it done sooner – it literally took only a couple of hours.
不仅如此，这并不难，requiring only straight-stitch machine sewing and basic running-stitch hand sewing.我在路上一定要拍照，这样我就能给你演示怎么做一张，我在传授一些技巧和技巧，希望能让你更轻松！！
How to make a Tufted French Mattress Cushion
What you'll need:
- 2″ to 3″ thick foam切割到所需尺寸
- 棉被击打– enough to completely cover foam piece
- 覆盖顶部的坚固织物，bottom & sides of foam (I used a piece ofcotton canvas drop cloth,but about 1 yard of upholstery-weight fabric will cover most chair cushions and 1-1/2 yards for bench-sized cushions)
- 球头销,线（一般用于机器缝纫和quilting or button weight手工缝制时）,室内装饰针,,sewing machine
- optional:消失墨水织物标记,,small fabric-covered buttons,,small craft scissors
Tufted French Mattress Cushion Steps
1。Measureyourfoam pieceand make a pattern out of newspaper – top and sides.把它放在你的织物上，用别针固定它，这样它就不会移动，and then use a ruler to mark an inch beyond the pattern,all the way around.This extra gives the room you'll need to pinch together and sew for the mattress edge.对于坐垫侧块，only mark 1/2-inch where theside corner pieces走到一起，但是对于顶部和底部边缘的长边，保留1英寸的接缝（即，all other seams are 1 inch).
UPDATED TO CLARIFY:ALL the edges where the side pieces meet the top/bottom pieces should be cut 1-inch larger (leaving 1/2″ seam allowance – i.e.,where you will sew – AND 1/2 inch for pinching edges),BUT the边角落里只need the regular 1/2″ seam allowance,因为他们不需要额外的。再一次，当你切边件时，你只在长边上加一英寸的接缝余量。短边会使你的角你使用1/2英寸时，切割，因为你没有捏。
If it helps,just imagine that you are cutting 1/2″ seam allowance everywhere and then ADDING another 1/2″ on all the top and bottom edges that you are going to be pinching and hand-sewing.
3.缝纫side corner seams with a 1/2-inch seam allowance.(If you're in the market for a sewing machine,I use aJanome机器类似于这个我已经有10多年了。It's still going strong even with a lot of tough sewing projects I throw at it!)
4.销边件缝到底件，easing as needed since the pieces are different sizes through straight edges and around corners.
6。Repeat垫层顶件的步骤4和5，exceptleave a wide openingto insert your foam.我用来帮助我记住停止缝纫的一个技巧是使用相邻的两个别针作为视觉提示（是的，I learned this the hard way – too many times,事实上！）You'll also want to bar-tack (sew back-and-forth a couple times) to lock both sides of the opening,因为在插入泡沫时，这些区域会产生很大的压力。
7。Make sure to check each corner在将泡沫插入褶皱或褶皱之前。Just remove a few stitches and re-sew to make smooth corners.
Apply Batting & Insert
9。折叠把礼物包起来，然后用滑针把它缝合起来。There's no need to sew where the batting overlaps length-wise,just sewing the ends will keep it in place.
10.Insertthe batting-covered foam into your cushion cover (folding foam as needed to get that baby in there!）fold the raw edges of the opening under to match the 1/2-inch seam and pin closed.
11.缝纫opening closed with a simple slip stitch or running stitch.
12。现在是时候创造“床垫”了。寻找垫子。: Thread a长装饰针用一个结实的被子或纽扣线,将末端打结，并在底部边缘的起点处将针插入接缝中，然后拉动以使结弹出接缝中，使其消失。Now start sewing by grabbing about an inch of fabric and batting at the edge and sew at the base (mine is about 1/2″ from the sewn edge) using a 1/4″ running stitch.
13.Continue hand sewing上边缘的缝线，rethreading and hiding your knots as you need,以及底边。
14。The bottom pictures above show tips for隐藏你的开始和结束结手工缝制时：把你的针从连续缝中带到缝的顶部，在缝中织物聚集的地方打个结。
正如你所看到的，you don't need to worry about imperfections in your hand sewing – crooked stitches,different lengths,这样——这只是这种垫子魅力的一部分——哈，至少我是这么对自己说的！！
16。Creating the tufted top– I'm not gonna lie,this is the toughest part of this project!And really,你不有做这件事——我觉得这件衣服配一件素色的上衣很好看，但簇绒确实增加了我们想要的床垫外观，so it is a nice finishing touch.从标记簇毛应该使用的位置开始消失墨水织物标记(or light pencil mark – you really won't see it after the tufting) on the topand垫子的底部。供参考，my cushion is 38″ x 16″ and I marked 8 tufts by dividing the length by 5 (to get 4 equally spaced tufts along the length) and marking 5″ in from the sides.
17.Use a重型按钮和室内装饰线if you have it,因为簇毛上有很大的压力，你想让它们尽可能的长。Even with the thick thread,I still double-threaded the needle for even more strength.
十八.从垫子底部开始，insert your needle at your mark and,squeezing the cushion as much as possible,bring the needle through the foam,batting and fabric to your mark on the top,leaving a long tail of thread on the bottom.Re-insert the needle close to where it came up through the top (optional: you can use a小织物包扣在这里创建一个按钮式簇绒，并通过泡沫回去，batting and fabric,squeezing again as you go,然后把针拉到靠近起始线的地方。Tie the thread ends together semi-tightly (not too tight as to tear the fabric over time,但不要太浪费，否则簇毛会不明显），然后剪断线，在垫子底部留下大约1/4英寸的末端。（使用）小剪刀like shown is the easiest when working on projects like this.)
十九.就像我提到的，this ishard– pulling the needle through 3″ thick foam and hitting my marks was way more difficult than I expected and I found two things that made it a bit easier:
- 使用A皮革顶针on my thumb allowed me to be able to push the end of the needle hard while pulling from the other side.
- Using my knee to hold down the foam when I was at the tying stage (this eased the pressure on the thread making it a breeze to tie without having to hold down the foam,太）。
Since I've seen similar cushions in catalogs for upwards of $129 (really!) I think this 2-3 hour diy project is totally worth it,don't you??
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