Gimp My Furniture

If you are a part time wheelchair user, then this might not be a problem for you, but I have lost all of my butt muscles. This creates some problems, mainly pressure sores and pain. I have an incredibly heavy and expensive cushion in my wheelchair, but I’m not always in my wheelchair. Rather than spend a fortune on cushions, I found a low cost way to convert my normal chairs into butt friendly furniture and I thought I would share.

Supplies needed:

Memory foam mattress topper

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07YFB8VFF/ref=cm_sw_r_other_apa_i_ir3dEbMPA1QQJ

Hot knife

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07QXT717K/ref=cm_sw_r_other_apap_MHXRdjnkh7AJ3

Upholstery fabric

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07QZ4QVMQ/ref=cm_sw_r_other_apa_i_Yu3dEbT4X5P7H

Upholstery tacks

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B076CJRV7J/ref=cm_sw_r_other_apa_i_sw3dEbFFXDR1B

Furniture

Directions:

Open the mattress topper and lay it out flat. It’s going to arrive vacuum sealed and tightly rolled. Use caution when removing the plastic. You don’t want to accidentally cut the foam.

At first, the topper will appear flat. It can take up to a hour to fully expand. Once it reaches its full 3 inch height, unzip the cover and set aside.

Measure the width and length of the inside of the chair. If you are using a regular straight back chair, then you may want to only upholster the seat. Since I was covering a very uncomfortable recliner/ lift chair, I decided to cover the back with one piece of foam and the seat and leg rest with another.

Add 1 inch to the measurements. This insures a tight fit so it doesn’t slide around. You can trim it down later if needed, but you can’t add to it if you cut it too small.

Measure the correct amount of foam and mark where you should cut. Again, it’s better to be too big and need to be trimmed than it is to be too small.

It’s time to cut. You could try a regular knife or very sharp scissors, but I highly recommend using a hot knife tool. Since the foam is so dense, it will take a lot of strength to cut through it, even if the knife is sharp. It’s also more dangerous, because the knife can slip. God knows how clumsy I am and I would never hear the end of it from my husband if I cut myself while playing Macgyver.

The hot knife is perfect for this. Instead of slicing it, it basically cauterizes a path wherever it goes. It is incredibly hot so use caution, but it works well for this project.

After cutting out the foam, it’s time to put it on the furniture. At first I was concerned that it would be too stiff to work with a recliner, but it bends with the chair in an position. This is when you can trim it down if needed, but a snug fit will help to keep it in place.

Now you can cover it with upholstery fabric. Cut it to size with a half inch seam allowance. Cover the entire chair, fold under the ends, and use the tacks to hold down the edges. Now your gimped out chair looks just like a normal chair, but it’s suitable for a pressure sore prone butt.

You could also use the lazy, although comfortable, method. Skip the upholstery fabric. Cover it with a Jersey knit sheet and pin it into place. Right now I just have the sheet on mine. I like the feel of the soft cotton and it can be removed easily and washed on a regular basis.

Estimated Cost:

Mattress topper, twin size– $80 (I only used about 1/3)

Hot knife— $24

Upholstery fabric— $17

Upholstery tacks — $9

Total cost— $130 with enough left over for at least one more chair, possibly two.

That’s a far cry from this $515 seat cushion.

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07S85M6KH/ref=cm_sw_r_other_apa_i_GNaeEb4E0QG45

Fairy Candy

Ingredients:

1 tsp. butter

1 cup sugar

1 cup dark corn syrup

1 Tbsp. white vinegar

1 Tbsp. baking soda

½ lb. dark chocolate candy coating, coarsely chopped

1 tsp. shortening, divided

½ lb. milk chocolate candy coating, coarsely chopped

Directions:

Prepare a 9-in. square pan by lining it with foil and grease with butter.

In a large saucepan, combine sugar, corn syrup and vinegar. The mixture will foam so it’s important to use a large pan.

Cook over medium heat until the sugar is dissolved.

Cover with a lid for a few minutes while the mixture comes to a boil. This allows the condensation to clear the sugar crystals from the sides of the pan.

Cook, without stirring, until a candy thermometer reads 300°.

Remove from heat and stir in baking soda.

Immediately pour mixture into prepared pan and allow to cool.

Lift the candy out of pan and peel off the foil.

Break candy into small pieces.

Gifts in a Jar: Chocolate Chip Cookies

Ingredients:

1 ½ cups all-purpose flour

1 tsp. salt 1 tsp. baking soda

1 cup brown sugar

½ cup white sugar

1 ½ cups semi-sweet chocolate chips

Directions:

Sift together the baking soda, the salt, and the flour in a large bowl. Stir these ingredients together. Pour into a large Mason jar. On top, layer the chocolate chips, the white sugar, and the brown sugar.

Attach the following recipe card to the jar:

Cow Pies

 

Ingredients:

2 cup white sugar

1/4 cocoa powder

1/2 cup milk

1/2 margarine

1 tsp vanilla extract

1/2 peanut butter

3 cups quick cooking oats

Directions:

Add sugar, cocoa powder, milk and margarine to a pan and bring to a boil. Allow to cool slightly and stir in the vanilla extract, salt, peanut butter and oats. Line a tray with waxed paper and use a scoop to drop the batter on waxed paper in a round shape.  Store in an airtight container when set.