The No Sew (mini) Window Seat

In my kitchen there is a bay window with a rather deep window sill.  This space actually perplexed me for a while when we first moved in our house.  Seriously, what does one do with a window sill that is 11″ deep?  It’s not really deep enough to call a window seat, but it’s just deep enough to be the perfect collector of crumbs, bugs and dust (not that I have those in my house or anything).  One day, I found my toddler climbing on that empty space and it hit me, “Why not make it a mini-window seat?”  Is there such a thing?  Who knows?  If not, there is one now and it happens to be the ideal spot to gaze out the window or even watch lizards in the Lantana below (which is big fun at our house).

No Sew Window Seat After

When I initially came up with this idea it quickly came to a screeching halt.  I had two problems.  One, I didn’t have a sewing machine and even if I did, I never let either my grandmother or mother teach me how to sew (one of many stupid decisions I made as a teenager).  Two, custom window seats can cost big bucks that I didn’t have.  After doing a few searches on the internet, I came across this blog entry about a no sew bench seat from Megan at Honey We’re HomeIt was genius and Megan gives an excellent recount complete with photos on how she completed her bench seat.  I followed her instructions almost to a tee, except my bench seat was smaller and I finished it off by gluing a piece of felt to the bottom of the seat to protect my window sill from the staples.  Also, here is a tip, if you get your wood from Lowe’s or Home Depot, ask if they have scrap wood in the back.  Lowe’s gave a piece of scrap wood to me for free and still cut it down to size at no charge.  Love them for that!

Once I had all my supplies, I think the entire project only took about 1 hour.  It also only cost about $50.  You just can’t beat that for a custom window seat!  So, here is the before and after (Yes, shame on me for not taking photos of the process.  In my defense, I did this project over a year ago).

Window Seat BeforeNew Sew Window Seat

Now, if you are wondering which type of fabric to use, I chose an outdoor fabric due to its durability.  You can certainly use any fabric you want, but I needed something that could stand up to food and drink spills.  Since this is a window seat that gets direct sunlight, I also wanted to use material that is fade-resistant. The particular pattern I used is Soho Outdoor Fabric in Kiwi.

No Sew Window Seat Cushion

Speaking of fabric, once I completed the bench, I realized I also needed pillows.  Remember, I don’t sew, but I am one heck of a hot-gluer (is that a word?).  You got it….I actually hot glued fabric together to make pillows (floral fabric is Pom Pon Play in Spa by Waverly Modern Essentials).

Hot Glue Pillows

See?  You can even tell where a little glue seeped out of the seams.  It’s not perfect, but it get’s the job done.

Hot Glue Window Seat Pillows

So, there you have it.  My no sew mini-window seat and no sew pillows. I actually think I’ll head over there now to lounge with my 5 year old for a bit and see if we can spot some lizards.

No Sew Window Seat After


6 thoughts on “The No Sew (mini) Window Seat

  1. These all make me smile! I tried to tell you sewing is a great skill for many unexpected moments. Congratulations on clever problem solving! I’m proud of you!

  2. Pingback: DIY: No-Sew Window Seat Cushions | A Nester's Nest

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