Cedar crates add storage to any home but can take up a lot of space. Luckily, you can add a second feature to your cedar chest by making a pad on the top of the chest to create a seeding zone. The custom pads not only cushion the exact size of the cedar chest you have but can also match the room’s existing décor for a finished look, so your chest blends in with other pieces of furniture as if it’s always been there.
The cedar chest provides a simple seat.
Measure the length and width of the top of the cedar chest. Determine the thickness of the pad. Typically, such pads are about 3 inches thick. Cut it to the size of the top of your chest and buy a piece of upholstery foam at your local decorative craft store.
Add 1 inch to the length and width of the foam. Cut two pieces of fabric of this size to be the top and bottom of the pad. Add 1 inch to the thickness of the foam. Cut two pieces of fabric that add 1 inch to the length and 1 inch to the thickness. Cut two strips that add 1 inch to the width and 1 inch to the thickness.
Match the width edges of the length and width strips in pairs so that the pattern faces. Connect by tying a 1/2 inch seam on the edge. Repeat using different length and width strips. Match the two connected units with the length strip touching the width strip and swap the two remaining sets of corners to create a rectangular strip called the boxing strip.
Place a large piece of fabric on a flat surface with the pattern facing up. Turn the box strip so that the patterned side faces inside the rectangle. Place the boxing strip over the oversized fabric and fit the seams of the boxing strip to the corners of the larger piece. Align the edges and pins all the way. Sew a 1/2-inch seam along all four sides and remove the pins as you go.
Place the remaining large piece of fabric on a flat, patterned surface. Place the device you just completed with the boxing strip in contact with the fabric and the large piece attached, with the pattern facing down, on top of the boxing strip. Align and secure the edges along the four sides.
Sew a 1/2 inch seam around the material, but leave a 6 to 8-inch gap along with one of the short sides of the rectangle. Remove the pins when sewing. Turn the right side of the pad case out through the gap.
Squeeze the foam material together along one of the short sides and slide it through the gap in the fabric case. Continue squeezing the foam and slide it through the gap until the entire foam pad fits inside the case. Adjust the case as needed so that the seam runs smoothly along the edges of the foam. Sew the gap by hand to the end.