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ShopTalk Interior

Advanced
cushion fabrication
By Mark Hood, MFC

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" Compartment cushions
take many more hours
to fabricate than base
box cushions and must
be priced accordingly. "

PULL PIECE FABRICATION TIPS
*	 To fabricate the pull piece, we take
the thickness of our foam and add
½ " to arrive at the correct width of
our pull. In our case, the seating area
foam is 4 " thick, so we will cut our
internal pull 4½ " wide. The width of our
pull needs to be just inside the finish
width of our cushion on each side.
*	 Our pull is only sewn to the top and
bottom of our cushion. It is not sewn to
the side. Also, we install a #5 zip down
the middle of our pull. Leave lots of
extra zipper length at each end to
facilitate closing the compartment.
*	 It is imperative to sew the pulls to the
top and bottom panels on the exact
line marked using a ½ " hem. The
finished pull width is 3½ " .

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ompartment cushions can be
challenging to fabricate. In
this article, we will go step-bystep to fabricate a sample compartment
cushion with a knee rise, starting with
patterning the seating area for our foam.
The pattern will be the finished cushion
size to fit the cavity exactly. If a project
requires a string of individual cushions,
we try to make as many of them as
possible the same dimensions to cut
down on the patterning time.
We like to use Accord Cloth for
cushion fabrication, but very thin,
clear plastic can be substituted in these
steps. Keep in mind that compartment
cushions take many more hours to
fabricate than base box cushions and
must be priced accordingly.

Photo 1 (See next page)
Our foam is cut to shape by using a
pattern of the area that will contain our
cushions. The seat base on the right is
4 " thick and the knee lift piece on the
left is 5 " thick. The knee lift piece is
chamfered with our foam saw on three
edges, as shown. Using 3M™ Super
77™ temporary adhesive, we have glued
the pieces together for patterning
our foam. They will be separated
later and wrapped with polyester
wrap prior to stuffing individually.

This photo shows the shell pattern
salon cushions on an old Jarvis Newman
powerboat. This Downeast classic style
boat was owned by the author's brother
for many years.



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