How to Make a Garden Kneeler & Seat

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How to Make a Garden Kneeler & Seat
Garden kneelers keep dirt and grass stains away from your knees. (Young woman planting out fuchsia sprouts in a garden image by GeoM from

A garden kneeler and seat is a reversible garden tool for protecting your knees and back while planting, weeding, and putting your gardens to bed in autumn. When you need a seat in the garden, stand the kneeler and seat on its legs, and when you need to use a kneeler, turn the tool over and kneel on the padded cushion.

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Things you need

  • Piece of half-inch plywood
  • Measuring tape
  • Pencil
  • Jigsaw
  • Cotton fabric
  • 1-inch foam padding.
  • Sewing needle
  • Thread
  • 12 one-and-one-half-inch nails
  • Hammer
  • Sandpaper

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  1. 1

    Trace a half-inch piece of plywood to a measurement of 24 inches by 18 inches. Cut out the rectangle with a jigsaw or handsaw. Smooth any rough edges with sandpaper .

  2. 2

    Trace another rectangle that measures 18 inches by 2 inches and then cut out the rectangle. Employ the slim rectangle as a template to cut out three more rectangles, which will be the legs of the kneeler.

  3. 3

    Lay a large piece of fabric on a flat surface and trace a rectangle that measures 26 inches by 38 inches and then cut out the rectangle.

  4. 4

    Cut out a piece of one-inch foam padding equal to the fabric measurements and place it on top of the fabric. Sew the edges of the materials together using a single stitch by hand or a zigzag stitch on a sewing machine.

  5. 5

    Center the 24-inch by 18-inch piece of wood on the fabric and cotton batting. Align the wood so that it leaves one-inch of fabric showing on three of the sides. Fold the 38-inch length of fabric over the wooden rectangle and use a whip stitch to sew all three seams closed. This gives the tool padding on the top side and under side.

  6. 6

    Place one of the slim rectangular pieces of wood at one corner of the fabric-covered rectangle and hammer in three nails to secure the pieces together. Repeat this step for the other three wooden legs.

  7. 7

    Remove any rough edges from the wooden legs with sandpaper.

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