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.
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!
But let’s start at the story’s beginning, when I recently purchased this pretty boho table runner on sale at Pier 1 Imports.
As soon as I laid it on my dining table, though, I knew it wasn’t going to work.
Still, I was so in love with the gorgeous crewel embroidered and beaded flowers…
…and the cheery and colorful pom pom fringe….
…and then it came to me that this table runner was the perfect width for my rather plain and wooden piano 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.
So I made calculations and marked everything on the back side before cutting…
…and then pinned and sewed.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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…
…where they would be tied to secure the cover, and prevent it from sliding off.
And then finally my repurposed boho bench cover was finished!
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.
I absolutely adore the results with this fun project!
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.