My Portable Neat Seat
I have been pondering for years on something awesome, unique, or at least useful to make using the beloved record albums of my childhood. The portable Neat Album Seat was what I came up with! I loved music and spent many hours listening to the beautiful rich sounds that they produced. It saddens me that they have been tossed to the side with barely even a thought. Just piled up in any thrift shop that you go to. I really wanted to find my own idea for the reuse of them. Something that I hadn’t seen anywhere else.
I also wanted an upcycled/reuse project that I could do with the kids that could be sold as a quick fundraiser for their upcoming trip to the United Nations. The trip is very costly and I need something to offset the cost some.(actually as much as possible…lol)
These cute little seats have many uses. Portable Neat Seats can be used at sporting events to make that sit on the bleachers a little more comfortable. Take with you anywhere for meditation. They can be used to keep you from having to sit on something cold or wet too. In my daughter’s classroom, they regularly sit on the carpet in discussion and learning circles. This idea was designed to make those sits more enjoyable.
They can be made to support your favorite teams. Or made using clothes and even blankets they have outgrown but still love. I even made some using some camouflage hunting pants. This seat could make that wait in the woods a little more comfortable on the next hunting trip! You can make a couple of these so the others can use them for hunting too. I ended up finding some of the smaller 78-speed albums and discovered that they can be toddler neat seats!
As you can see one is a Tampa Bay Buccaneers neat seat. My brother Marvin is a die-hard Tampa Bay Buccaneers fan and I had found the fabric for his beloved team years ago. Until now I couldn’t think of anything to make for him that I thought he would really like. Well, one of these is definitely going to be a part of the gift set that I’m making for him and his wife Jorgie. He and his wife are broadcasting a Buccaneer’s podcast on Facebook this season. He loves his team GO BUCS!!! He’s gonna love it as an addition to his collection of Tampa Bay decorations!
Anyway, you could really have fun with the kids making some up for the whole family or maybe even your local sports team or the cheerleading squad can make some to raise money. They are great for keeping your bum off of the cold bleachers during the cold months!
- 1/4 inch plywood at least 13 x13 depending on the size of album your tracing and how many your making
- A tape measure or ruler
- Sponge or fiberfill for cushion ( I even used adult diaper fiber & carpet cushion)
- A Pencil
- A marker
- Plastic -recycled appliance plastic (to protect the fiberfill from moisture)
- Strong Tape
- A staple gun
- Wood glue / Gorilla glue
- An LP record album
- A Jigsaw
- Sandpaper/ sanding block
- A straight edge
- Plastic bag or tablecloth plastic to make a sturdy carrying handle.
- A heavy book or cinder block (optional)
Directions for the seat
- The first thing I did was measure the album 12″.
- I used an entire standard piece of 1/4 inch plywood as I was making several seats. So I marked it using a pencil every 13 inches across. Do this again across the opposite end.
- Using something with a straight edge draw a line from the top mark to the bottom to cut by. I then cut the plywood into 13″ wide pieces using the jigsaw. When done I had 4 long strips of plywood.
- Next, I traced the album onto each plywood strip. Since my project was large I did as many as would fit on each strip.
- I then laid the album on the filling material and traced it onto the filling as well.
- I used the jigsaw to cut the circle out precisely and then sanded the edges slightly to avoid splinters.
- Using the scissors I cut out the foam and fiberfill circles. For thinner materials like I recommend 3 layers.
- I cut the fabric and plastic approximately 2 inches larger than the circles to make ample allowance for the filling and plywood.
- After I had everything cut and prepped I started to put them together.
- I layered the padding and plywood neatly and glued it together to prevent slippage then covered it with plastic. This step is important because the plastic keeps the padding from absorbing moisture.
- I secured the plastic tightly using glue and tape.
- When I did the Fabric covering layer I used staples to secure the plastic and fabric tight and neat. It should look like an upholstered cushion for a chair. I cut off the excess fabric and plastic creating a neat, flat surface for the album to seat securely.
Directions for the handle
- I crocheted an 8 to 10-inch handle using a coordinating color of plastic and then stapled the ends of the handle flat approximately 3 inches apart. (Chain 51, sc into chain 50 and continue to the end, chain 2 and turn the handle over and sc another row if desired.}
- Another option is to use ribbon or braid three thick pieces of plastic bag or other plastic to the desired length and burn the end to ensure that it doesn’t unravel.
- Then to finish the seat off apply some wood glue to the center of the album and gorilla glue around the edges. Place on the back of the seat. Then position a heavy book or brick on it to apply pressure while the glue dries.
I hope you and your friends, kids, teams, cheer squads and family really enjoy making these. If you need several of these for a group or team and you want someone to make them for you just reach out to me through firstname.lastname@example.org I’ll be happy to help you out. Don’t forget to check on and subscribe to our G2N newsletter, join our Facebook group, or follow us on Instagram and even Pinterest. We have lots of fun and interesting information and other DIY’s for you to check out! We have even developed our own all-natural product line!