Melissa Mortenson is the author of the Polka Dot Chair blog which is in its 7th year of sharing fresh and creative ideas with readers. She is the author of "Project Teen, Handmade Gifts your Teen will Actually Love". Her first fabric line "Derby Style" debuted in January 2015 through Riley Blake Designs. A mom of 3, she considers herself lucky to be living in Kentucky.


  1. Thanks for the tutorial! Looks easy enough for even me to do!!
    Do you think home dec weight or canvas would work for the backing fabric? And wouldn’t glue stick (or something else sticky like sticky tac) work for securing the pocket for sewing? Or what about taping all pocket sides down except for the edge you’re sewing on, then removing tape as you sew the next sides?

  2. Those are really cute and I love the pocket. That was a great idea. I have thought about making a cushion cover for the outside bench out of oilcloth.

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