The seats are a dried up mess.
Now, don't get me wrong. It's not the fault of the manufacturer that my seats are a mess. We bought this teeter totter secondhand from a woman who ran a daycare and she had it for a long time. Then, we bought it so our grandchildren would have something fun to play on in the yard.
So. The seats are showing the effects of having been out in the sun for years, and having been exposed to extremes in temperature. It gets very far below zero here in Minnesota and I'm sure that our extremes are a jolt to molded foams.
I have some new foam to insert into the vinyl to pad them a little better.
Prototype With Paper
I am going to visualize my end result using paper, tape, an object and a pair of scissors.
This way I can encounter any issues before I start to cut my fabric
A Simple Pattern
Since I have not removed the seats yet, I'd like to make my upholstery job a little less stressful and am going to make a paper version of the seat cover before I start. I have some paper, an ice cream cone pen, a regular pen, a scissors and some tape.
It's almost like wrapping a Christmas present. But, instead of taping the ends, I'm going to top stitch. If it would look okay to sew inside out and reverse, I would do it that way, but I will assume that vinyl does not flip well, so top stitch it is.
Note: I did find that vinyl can be sewed face to face, so I made a top with corners top stitched. Attached the top to the bottom. I sewed it completely shut and then, took a scissors and made a t shaped cut on the bottom. Reached my hand in and pulled it inside out. Then inserted the old seat. Inserted the new foam and reattached it to the teeter totter.
I need two pieces. One for the top, which allows for the distance from the top to the bottom, plus the area of the actual seat, and one for the bottom, which will allow for splitting so that the seat will insert into the replacement cover like a pillow into a pillow case.
I bought my piece of vinyl from JoAnn Fabrics and it was nice. I ordered online, I was sent an email when it was ready to pick up. I drove up, they brought it to my car window, and then, I went home. So cool.
In Theory This Should Work
It. Will. Work.
I picked up my material the other day. I purchased one yard of a blue marine vinyl. It was 54 inches wide, so one yard was sufficient.