Ready for the story? Well, if not, I'm going to tell it anyway. You see, a long, long time ago, my parents inherited a bedroom set from my dad's best friend's great aunt (I think). Part of that set included this bench which clearly was in need of some TLC. Poor thing.
For the cushion, I used the original baseboard and "padding" since the needlepoint upholstery was attached using tacks (read: way to hard to take apart). Since the "padding" was pretty much nonexistent, I added an additional 1-1/2" foam top ad wrapped the whole thing in a couple layers of batting to keep everything in place.
From there, I stapled on the new fabric (found at JoAnns out of all places) making sure to center it first, pulling it tightly along the way. For the corners, I left them unattached, pinched in the sides so that they touched, flattened out the top and wrapped underneath.
P.S. I really have no clue if that's the appropriate way to upholster a seat. I've experimented with a few other techniques and this is the only one I've actually liked the outcome of.
And there you have it! My new little, precious bundle of joy. It currently lives underneath Lois my sewing machine (yes, I name my equipment) but I'm kind of thinking about relocating her. Any ideas?