Repurposed Boho Bench Cover

Repurposed boho bench cover

A table runner becomes a pretty boho piano bench cover

This Repurposed Boho Bench Cover post is the story of (1) how I bought a table runner, which didn’t work on my dining table as I had hoped and (2) how I remade the runner into a piano bench cover instead, but only after I revised my sewing plans while remaking it.

Repurposed boho bench cover

Piano bench cover was a table runner…loving the finished project!

In other words, this is the story of being open-minded and flexible not only when something purchased does not meet expectations, but also when re-creating that something. The photos here show just how lovely the ending is to the story!

Repurposed boho bench cover

Pier 1 Imports table runner is remade into boho bench cover

But let’s start at the story’s beginning, when I recently purchased this pretty boho table runner on sale at Pier 1 Imports.

Repurposed boho bench cover

This table runner didn’t work, but I kept it and repurposed it!

As soon as I laid it on my dining table, though, I knew it wasn’t going to work.

Repurposed boho bench cover

Boho flowers in yarn and beads

Still, I was so in love with the gorgeous crewel embroidered and beaded flowers…

Repurposed boho bench cover

So loving the boho pom poms!

…and the cheery and colorful pom pom fringe….

Repurposed boho bench cover

Boho repurposed bench cover

…and then it came to me that this table runner was the perfect width for my rather plain and wooden piano bench.

Repurposed boho bench cover

Calculating to shorten for bench

But the runner was too long for the bench, so I knew I would have to shorten it. I decided to cut the runner twice, into thirds, so as to make a symmetrical middle panel.

Repurposed boho bench cover

I marked carefully before cutting to shorten the table runner, remembering seam allowances.

So I made calculations and marked everything on the back side before cutting…

Repurposed boho bench cover

Cut then pin to sew repurposed bench cover

…and then pinned and sewed.

Repurposed boho bench cover

Not done yet…still need to cover the seams…

I originally thought that after I added some ribbons underneath to tie the cover on, that would be the end of my project. But I really wasn’t pleased with the look of the seams.

Repurposed boho bench cover

I found linen ribbon that works!

That’s when I decided to sew ribbon or binding on top or each seam, cutting the ribbons long enough to tie together under the bench so as to secure the cover and prevent it from slipping off the bench when someone sat on it. I wanted this repurposed boho bench cover to be both pretty and practical.

Repurposed boho bench cover

Pink thread to add to green stitching

I made a trip to Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Store and was lucky enough to find linen ribbon in a sales bin, with a green stitching already part of the ribbon. I’m still amazed by how perfectly the linen of the ribbon matches the linen fabric on which it is sewn. On a whim, I decided to use a bright pink thread to hand-sew on the ribbon.

Repurposed boho bench cover

A pop of pink from the stitches on the added ribbon

Hand stitching the ribbon on was never in my original plan, but, hey, nothing else was in the original plan either, right? The hand stitching was the most time-consuming part of this project, but I’m thrilled by how it turned out.

Repurposed boho bench cover

The linen ribbons served as both seam covers and ties

I didn’t need to stitch the pink thread more than a couple of inches beyond the bench cover fabric, because I knew that the rest of the ribbons would be hidden underneath the raisable piano bench seat…

Repurposed boho bench cover

Ribbons for ties on this repurposed boho piano bench cover

…where they would be tied to secure the cover, and prevent it from sliding off.

Repurposed boho bench cover

Repurposed a table runner for that piano bench I’m standing on…

And then finally my repurposed boho bench cover was finished!

Repurposed boho bench cover

Perfect fit for piano bench cover

Repurposed boho bench cover

I added an old blanket for extra cushioning on the bench

To make the seating a little more comfortable, I folded and slipped an old, thin blanket between the repurposed boho bench cover and the piano bench itself.

Repurposed boho bench cover

From table runner to bench cover

Repurposed boho bench cover

Boho repurposed piano seat cover…lovely don’t you think?

I absolutely adore the results with this fun project!

Repurposed boho bench cover

A boho table runner remade into a striking piano bench cover

And that, dear readers, is the story of “The Repurposed Boho Bench Cover.”

Please note that I received no samples, payments, or financial incentives from Pier 1 Imports or Jo-Ann Fabric and Crafts Store, their affiliates or any other person or entity for comments or links in this article.

–G

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