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La Maestra
« on: June 12, 2008 08:44:27 PM »

I was unpacking a recent package, and found these sweet little foam corners protecting the edges.


They were so thick and hard, and not accepted by our recycling program - I hated to toss them - and here came the kid - "Hey mama, that looks like a couch!"

So I had her pick out a fat quarter she liked,  and I covered it - sprayed glue over the whole thing, and did some stitching and folding on the side edges (no lie, with an upholstery needle) - and here is the happy couch monkey.


I have 7 more of these corner things, so I thought I'd make her a restaurant booth with a table in the middle, (for her monkey and her dolls), and maybe another couch.  Any other ideas?

And why is that spray adhesive stuff so hard to use with fabric?  It's the first time I used it, and it was sticky and made the fabric wet (it dried after awhile) - any less, and the fabric didn't stick at all.  It says it can be used with fabric, but I think it's an evil lie.  Any better gluing fabric to plastic foam material products out there?

Thanks everyone!

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kaymadben
« Reply #1 on: June 12, 2008 09:04:28 PM »

how cute is this!!!!
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« Reply #2 on: June 12, 2008 09:41:15 PM »

That's adorable!  With the spray adhesive problem, I'm wondering if it's the foam and not the fabric that's giving you problems.  I always have trouble gluing stuff to styrofoam.   What I suggest, actually, is skipping the glue and just making little slipcovers, with some elastic in strategic places, so you can just pull them over the foam.
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« Reply #3 on: June 12, 2008 10:15:54 PM »

couch monkey. cute.
Maybe glue a couple to a piece of cardboard for a bed. There might be somethings you can make by joining but I'm not getting any right now.
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« Reply #4 on: June 12, 2008 10:26:53 PM »

Adorable!!!
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« Reply #5 on: June 13, 2008 03:03:00 AM »

I made some of these for my friend's daughter's dollhouse!!
don't use superglue, it will melt the fabric, foam or both. I found that PVA glue (school glue) worked well, but the fabric had to be held in place for ages. I used pins.
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grendelsmom
« Reply #6 on: June 13, 2008 05:50:06 AM »

Way cute!  My favorite adhesive website, thistothat.com, advises Weldbond or 3m77 for glueing fabric to styrofoam.
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La Maestra
« Reply #7 on: June 13, 2008 01:27:42 PM »

Cool!  Thanks for the ideas for more furniture.  The thingamajigger is not really styrofoam, it's kind of a hard compressed smooth foam-like material that's slippery-ish - maybe that's where the glue got confused.  It reminds me of a particle board, but made from shredded thick plastic bottles or something. I like the weight of it - heavy - it weighs enough that the kiddo can put her heaviest doll on it (looks very amusing) and it won't tip over.

I wish I was talented enough to make the slipcovers - do you think I could minimize a full sized pattern - or are they easier to make from scratch than I think??

Thanks for the superglue warning - I was going to try that next - I'm wondering about school glue - and I'm going to check out thistothat.com for more info on Weldbond or 3m77.

Off to make a monkey-bed... Grin

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wawamommy
« Reply #8 on: June 13, 2008 06:41:04 PM »

Hi!  Love the couch, and the monkey too!  I have an idea for one of your foamy thingys...if you know macrame, or even crochet, or had some nice cord and beads lying around, you could make a swing for your monkey, and hang it from the ceiling!  You could really funkify it with bright fabric and beads. A crocheted slipcover would be neat. Just a few thoughts.  Now I wish I had foamy thingys lying around!
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« Reply #9 on: June 13, 2008 07:48:02 PM »

A porch swing cute idea.
I didn't think that was Styrofoam either. When I've gotten similar stuff it seems to be more like  maybe polyurethane... I wonder if it has a triangle with a number on it?
 The "L" shape is the tough part. You can make a separate piece for each side but you would have fewer seams if you measure all the sides except the "L"'s as one with extra for seam allowance. Wrap it around, hold in place with pins, rubberbands, thread tied around it... Then stitch the back edges of the "L" by hand, then the edges one by one.
Or you can make a cover for the seat separate from the back and hand stitch together. This is probably the easier solution. I wouldn't bother with glue.
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