No-Sew Cushion

If you’ve come for an update on the barn doors, I have disappointing news for you.  We have run into more issues.  It is a literal hang up.  Hopefully I will have a detailed post for you tomorrow.  We’ll see!

Who is the laziest person you know?  If you answered Mekenzie Burton Crowder, you are right.  I like using power tools.  To some a sewing machine is a power tool.  To me… it takes too long to sew a cushion cover bigger than the size of a twin mattress.  I’ve become quite fond of hot glue lately.  Heck, I wielded a whole upholstered chair project with hot glue.  It only seemed fitting that the cushion for the nook would be constructed using hot glue.  It went down like this:

Foam is expensive.  Really expensive actually.  But I will tell you a secret.  If you go to Home Depot, they are clearing out foam camping pads.  Mmmk?  Yeah.  Save yourself the trip to Joann’s and save yourself some money.  These pads were 40% off of $20.  I picked up 3.


The nook area is 38″ deep and 89″ long.  It worked out perfectly to cut 3 38″ pieces.  I measured them, drew it out with a sharpie, and picked up another fun tool.  A turkey carving knife.  It got Thanksgiving-like all up on that foam.  I carved the crap out of it.  Seriously though, the next time foam-cutting is in your future, use a carving knife.  It is as fast as a steamed knife through room-temp butter.  You will feel like a cutting ninja.



Once all three pieces were sliced, I hot glued them together to make one super-foam.


Let me explain my lazy efficient design to you.  I wasn’t planning on making an entire cushion cover.  Only the seen parts.  But I still wanted to protect the foam on the backside.  I needed some backing for it.  It just so happens I was about to throw away an old ugly bed skirt.  I had a light-bulb moment and decided to cut that up and use it for the back.  I cut it to size and glued it down.  It’s unbelievable to me how strong hot glue is.  Honestly, it didn’t budge.  And it didn’t melt the foam either.



I rolled out the fabric so that we’d have enough to cover the top and all the edges.  I pretended like I was rolling out a red carpet for the super-foam.


I don’t know why I was so concerned with making sure the super-foam was so centered.  I really spent almost 10 minutes making sure it was centered.  In retrospect, that was dumb, seeing as how I have zero intention of showing the backside.


For the adhering process, I started with the long sides.  I would hot glue 2′ sections at a time.  I would put hot glue on in this pattern, then pull the fabric tight.  I would hold it like that for a minute or so, or until I was sure it was dry, then move on.


When one long side was done, I did the other long side.  I then glued the rest of the edge to the backing from the bed skirt.  I left both short sides undone.  At this point, I can liken the cushion to wrapping a present.






After all the corners were said and done, here’s what the bottom was looking like:


You might think,  “Kenz, you really are lazy, and that looks like crap.”  And you might be right.  The bottom isn’t where the beauty is at (unless you are a blessed Jamaican woman).  If I cared, I would add a real upholstered back to this cushion.  But like I said earlier, I care about the top, and the top only.  Once I flipped this and saw the top was smooth, I was sold on the success.


The real test is seeing it in its element.


Fits like a glove!  I wasn’t planning on making the cushion until the bead board went up.  I was sick of waiting, so I did what I wanted.


There you have it.  It’s quite the comfy place to be.  I can’t wait to throw a million pillows in there.  It will be a place synonymous with Heaven.

Any of you crazy DIY-ers taken any lazy short cuts lately?  Do spill.

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  • Emma (Broke Ass Home)

    Wow. That is crazy genius of you. I would have never thought of that. and I think it looks great! Why use expensive fabric and energy on something that is never going to show?

    As for me with a short cut…uhhh let us remember when I was making lamp shades and couldn’t FIND my glue gun so I used liquid nails. Whoops. 🙂

    Looking BA chicka. Can’t wait to see those adorbs doors up.

    • lol liquid nails 🙂 That’s how I know we’re friends! The doors are causing me a good amount of grief right now.

  • Henriette

    Nook area looks promising! 😀 I have actually never used hot glue – maybe it’s time to try! (Have always been more of a nails/sewing girl, but glue looks so time effective!)

    • I can’t wait til the nook is done. It’s been a construction zone since last New Year’s Eve.
      Don’t get me wrong, I do enjoy sewing. But I also like using a hot glue gun. You should definitely try it out. It’s also inexpensive!

  • eranfaraway

    I love that you used a uni-tasker like a turkey carver for another practical purpose out of season! Well done! I hope you’re door hanging dilemma is resolved soon!

    • I recommend that you cut foam with a turkey carver soon 🙂 It’s so much fun! And I hope the doors get fixed soon too!

  • Debbie Borthwick

    Any post with ‘no sew’ in the title draws me like a bear to honey. I think it turned out great, and love all the tips & tricks you used to get there.
    Saw you linking at aka designsDebbie 🙂

    • You and me both Debbie. Anytime I can avoid sewing I do! Thanks for stopping by. Let me know if you have a blog I can go check out 🙂

  • Tammy Partin Spangler

    You’re my kind of gal! The “no-sew,” of course caught my attention first and I’m also like you, if you can’t see it, don’t fix it…out of sight, out of mind!!!

    • I’m glad I’m not the only one out there who will find every way they can to avoid sewing. Have a great weekend!

  • orsoshesays

    You just inspired me. I have two benches in my house without a cushion on them because I don’t know enough about sewing to do it myself, and I don’t know anyone to hire. But, I can totally do a no-sew thing…totally. Is the glue holding up well?? One of them would be in my little girls room…on the bench they stand on to sing and dance to Taylor Swift.

    Anyway, I would love to have you stop by ‘Or so she says…’ today and share some
    of your great ideas with my readers! The ‘Your Great Idea’ link party
    runs every Sat through Tuesday. Hope to see you there!

    * Also, we’ve got a great giveaway going on with over $500 in prizes!

    • Thanks for stopping by! The hot glue is holding up AMAZING! We jump up on the nook cushion all the time, and it has not been compromised. Let me know if you end up doing it! I’d love to feature it 🙂

      Thanks for the invite to the party. You have a great blog!

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  • Britany

    happened across your blog and have read three entries so far: this one, downy unstoppables in a wax warmer, and taping yourself into a plastic tent with spray paint. You may be my new favorite person, and you definitely have a new follower. Not to mention, I love your true frugality and easiness of the things you do. Completely unlike the typical thisischeapitsonly100dollars attitude I usually see on tv and stuff. Great ideas on here (except for the spray paint thing… but lots of laughs!)

    • Kenz

      haha! I’m glad you found my blog Britany! Welcome 🙂 You know… taping myself into that spray painting bubble was not finest hour lol. I agree that when you watch HGTV or read some bigger blogs it’s always “This is cheap! It’s only $500!” And I’m like, “Ain’t nobody got time to spend $500 on a coffee table!”