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We have the most charming piano. I learned how to play on it when I was young and possibly someday at least one of my children will also learn how to play on the piano. Currently they enjoy using it to bang on the keys. Also to me and my mother’s dismay they enjoy driving their cars, dancing their figures, and landing their airplanes across the piano bench. We’ve tried to throw a nice colorful mat over it, but it slips right off. Occasionally with a small boy along for the ride!
See super charming piano. Love seeing it every morning in our front room. My parents originally purchased the piano from the sister of my great grandmother, and now I am entrusted with it. My boys don’t quite grasp the concept of not marring the piano. Come closer and see what damage my sweet loving boys have done to the bench.
mom avert your eyes from the screen!
Scratches and marks that can only be corrected with sanding and refinishing. I don’t have time for that! And I may not possess the skills to do a good job. What I do have the time for is to make a easy removable piano seat cover. I thought of this when I was making my IKEA magnet board cover this winter.
There were a few reasons I wanted it to be removable. First off I didn’t want to take a staple gun to my family’s piano bench. Secondly, I have boys, I need to be able to wash this material if need be. Third, my tastes change and my accents in the rooms our family inhabits change. I want to be able to make changes easily.
The reason I had time to whip this up today was because my littlest one had surgery recently. He is doing well but laying low. In our house that means movies, shows and Wii video games. I’m a little bit screened out and needed a break. This project took me the length of the Lion King to finish. Now, it really shouldn’t take you that long, I would say about a quarter of the time. This was my boys first time watching the Lion King. Lets say they needed a little comfort when daddy died, the hyenas came out, whenever Scar was on camera…..So I was going from couch to sewing machine throughout this piano project.
Piano Seat Cover Tutorial
Supplies you will need include one yard of fabric, coordinating thread, elastic and basic sewing supplies.
- Measure the piano seat allowing for a 1½ inch overhang and ½ inch hem allowance. Our measurements came out 34 inches x 18 inches.
- Iron your ½ hem and use a straight stitch around the entire material.
- Measure your elastic along the length of the seat and pull to add tension.
- Sew elastic ends to the middle of short sides of the material. Using either a zig-zag for greater strength or straight stitch (if you don’t have 2 boys that will try to pull it off the minute to put it on the piano bench).
5. Place material on the bench with elastic wrapped around pull out each corner into a point.6. Fold the corner over the short end of the bench and pin in place. It is important to pin all corners at the same time. Once they are all pinned step back to make sure it’s even. Make adjustments if needed. 7. Using a straight stitch sew those corners into place, going over the previous hem lines
8. Place your cover on the piano bench and admire your handy work (now go explain to your oldest where that new lion cub that’s with Simba and Nala came from.)
I am so happy with how this turned out. Now onto the rest of the room, because it needs to go better with my new piano bench!! Please join us every Monday for a new Make It Monday craft, DIY or homemade project.