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How to Sew a DIY Storage Bench Cover

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Have you ever wanted to sew a DIY storage bench cover? What about a pretty washable slipcover with a ruffle? If so, you have come to the right place. I have been wanting to make this cover for a long time. When Fabric Wholesale Direct offered to send me the fabric to make it, I jumped at the chance!

how to sew a diy ruffled cushion cover

This post is part of a DIY/ Craft Blog Hop hosted by Chloe at Celebrate and Decorate. If you’re visiting us in order and are coming from Design Morsels, I’m so glad you’ve stopped by!. At the end of this post you will find links to a bunch of other blogger’s crafty ideas, too.

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Supplies Needed

To make this cover, you will need just a few supplies.

I’m about to show you Version 2 of 3 ways that you could make this diy storage bench cover. I have already shared version one. Version 3 is my favorite!

I made this two piece storage bench cover as the base for my entire plan. You could stop here, or…

plain piano bench cover

You could add a ruffle or 2 or 3! My ruffles are about 8 inches wide, hemmed on both sides to about 6.5 inches. They are 192 inches long, to cover a length of 96 inches.

fabric cut into 4 strips

So you need about twice the length to gather for ruffles. If your machine will not sew a long stitch like mine wouldn’t, then hand baste where you want to gather it. To hand baste, sew long stitches. Then you can pull the fabric along the thread like a curtain.

I do recommend that you watch the video to see more about how to baste, if you’re not sure.

basting a ruffle

I used a washable fabric marker to mark along the fabric where I wanted to place the ruffle, using a yard stick to help make it straight. Then I pinned the center of the ruffle to the center of the bench lid.

centering a ruffle

I began pinning the ruffle to the top slipcover piece.

pinning a ruffle

It was a bit difficult and I thought, “there has to be a better way.”

ruffle all pinned

It looks nice but it took me a long time to do this because of working upside down to place the pins in the right direction!

I decided to sew the ruffle to a ribbon. Then I could do the gathering separately instead of while I was trying to attach it to the bench. That idea worked but it involved the extra step

ribbon on ruffle

of sewing the ruffle to the ribbon.

ruffled gray fabric in a spiral

This did make it a lot easier to work with when it was time to attach the ruffle to the bench.

one ruffle on a piano bench

How do you like the ruffle? It hides the opening of the storage bench!

lid open on storage bench

It looks so nice, and I really could stop here, but I wanted to do a little more. Get ready to see Version 3!

fabric bench cover with ruffled top

You can also see the video of Version Two if you wish.

(If you like this project, please help me spread the word by sharing it on Pinterest or elsewhere!)

smooth piano bench cover
gray piano diy storage bench cover
ruffled storage bench cover for a piano bench

Okay, now it’s time for the rest of the projects! I hope you enjoy them all. Again, if you’re visiting in order, then Chloe at Celebrate and Decorate is next. Thank you so much for joining us today!

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How to add Spring to a Vintage Truck

DIY Mossy Wreath for Easter or Spring

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diy ruffled top bench cover

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  1. Liberty, sewing long strips if fabric for ruffles is tedious, but this turned out so cute. Loved that you improvised when needed. I’ll be checking out your other versions. Happy crafting.

  2. Liberty, you’re very talented with the sewing machine! Ruffles can be tricky. It was easy to follow along with your great tutorial. Sewing the ruffle to the ribbon was a great solution. I love how your bench turned out! It was fun crafting with you 🙂

  3. Liberty, I love the way ruffles look, but I must confess they are not my favorite to sew! Your storage bench turned out lovely, and it’s a great tutorial! Blessings, Cecilia @My Thrift Store Addiction

  4. You are so handy with a sewing machine! My mother will tell you when she wanted to teach me to sew, all I could say was, “I want to go ride my bike”. I guess I missed out. This looks great, and I see you have all kinds of options. I can see that these could be great options for hiding toys I keep on hand for my granddaughters! I hope you have a lovely Easter!

  5. I love to learn new ways of doing things and It’s brilliant to use the ribbon – even if it means an added step. Love how it turned out Liberty! I’m so curious to see versos 3 :)!

  6. That turned out so cute! I’ve never made anything with ruffles, but your tutorial is really good. This would be so cute for a foot stool I’ve been wanting to do something with but I always assumed ruffles were beyond my sewing ability. Great videos. Thanks for being in the hop and Happy Easter.

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