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Making a pad to fit your rolling chaise.

For lounging comfort on the chaise shown on page 120, you'll need a pad. Prices for ready-made ones run from $25 to more than $150. The cost of making one is about the same, but you have a wider choice of fabrics and grades of foam.

We used special mildew-resistant awning fabric ($6 to $10 a yard); you could also use canvas-type fabrics, or handwoven or designer prints. If you use lighter fabric, line it with muslin for greater durability. Buy 6 yards of 30- or 45-inch-wide fabric or 3 yards of 60-inch-wide fabric, 11 yards of cotton or jute cording, 2 large spools of thread, 3-1/2 yards of dental floss (for stitching up ends), a curved upholstery needle, two 3-1/2-inch upholstery pins, and 2 pieces of 4-inch-thick dense polyurethane foam: 25 by 25 inches and 25 by 49 inches.

To start, cut a 4-1/2-inch-wide strip from one edge of fabric for boxing. (For 60-in. fabric, cut two strips and sew together.) Fold 30- or 45-inch fabric in half across the width; fold 60-inch fabric lenghwise. Pin layers together and mark pattern using measurements in drawing; cut out.

Use remaining rectangular piece of fabric to cut enough 1-1/2-inch-wide bias strips to cover 11 yards of cording. Pin bias strips together as in step 2; stitch. Wrong sides together, fold welting around cording and pin first few inches. Pin the rest or just fold and hold it as you sew.

Pin welting onto right side of boxing, matching raw edges. Pin and stitch one side at a time (step 3); leave a 3-inch tail of welting at both ends.

Pin boxing strip to one cushion piece, beginning on one long side away from where you've marked fabric hinge, with right sides together and raw edges even; stitch, leaving first and last 2 inches of boxing strip unstitched. Where two ends meet, stitch the boxing strips together. Leave a small gap to finish welting. Cut off excess boxing to make 1/2-inch seam.

To finish ends of welting, release 2 inches of stitching from each end and encase cording (step 5). Set in place between boxing and cushion piece; machine-stitch through all layers. Finish other edge and stitch to boxing.

Match the corners of the second cushion piece to the corner of the boxing, and stitch the two together on long sides only, going 2 inces around each corner.

Make fabric hinge (step 6). For added strength, stitch hinge twice. These steps will be awkward, so it may help to have someone hold the fabric as you maneuver. Push the foam into the two pockets. With foam in place, push seam allowances so they lie flat along boxing and so welting is square with foam edges.

To close (step 7), u se 1-3/4 yards of dental floss to each end. Knot final end.
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