For some reason, Youngest's cushion kept being torn away from the ribbons holding it to the chair. A number of repair jobs were needed. Then Eldest cushion went by the same way - the chair spindles kept the ribbon tie and the cushion was torn off.
When I finally found some new cushions that ticked all the boxes, they were duly ordered and when they arrived in the post I danced around with glee (which caused alarm initially then amusement as the parcel had arrived at work and my colleagues were not expecting my reactions) Triumphantly I took them home, removed the original seat pads, tied the new cushions on to the spindles and stood back feeling rather smug.....until less than a week later, Youngest leapt up from his seat only to find that some how he'd ripped off BOTH ribbons and his cushion went flying.
I was horrified! MY NEW CUSHIONS!!
Later the same day, I watched as Himself sat down and I saw what the problem was. By tying the cushions to the chairs - each time some one sat down, the ribbons were pulled tight and the stitches were straining. Repeated getting up and down (and as those who know my Youngest - he is not one to sit still) eventually puts the stitches through such stress that they give up and the ribbon becomes unattached.
A cunning plan was needed - now this is where the How To finally come in.
How To - make no-more-tear-ties for seat pad cushions
- You will need elasticated cord - approx 20 - 25cm per 'tie'
- Colourful beads - with large enough holes to thread the cord through
Cut the cord (I had originally purchased 2 metres) into equal lengths,
thread on beads and knot the ends tightly.
Tie the elasticated cord to the cushion using the ribbons,
finishing with a bow.
tie the elasticated cord to a spindle and arrange your ribbons.
Having made the first set, I decided to add more beads,
using the colours of the fabric to influence my bead choices.
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