Handmade Style

Patchwork Bench Rain Walk



I think I’ll go ahead and admit that this bench project (Patchwork Bench from my book Handmade Style) is one of the most favorite things I’ve made. It’s a project that gives me so much satisfaction in seeing the finished product. Knowing that I made it with my own two hands from the ground up gives me a huge sense of accomplishment every time I see it.

Patchwork Bench, project from Handmade Style by Anna Graham, Rain Walk fabric collection for Cloud9 Fabrics


This is the Patchwork Bench project from my book. I hope I see a few finished ones popping up around soon! I’d love to see your take on it. Please don’t be intimidated by this project. I promise you’ll love making it. Most home improvement stores can cut the plywood needed for this project to the correct size right in the store. After that a bit of elbow grease and a drill will take you far.


Below are some links to the exact materials I used.

Foam: Air-Lite Regular Density Polyurethane
Batting: Soft N Crafty
Legs: McCobb Mid Century Modern Foot 8″
Straight leg plate: Waddell Table Leg Straight Top Plate
Adhesive: Elmer’s Multipurpose Spray Adhesive

Pattern: Patchwork Bench project from my book Handmade Style
Fabrics: Rain Walk for Cloud9 Fabrics, reverse side of denim from my local Hancock Fabrics


22 thoughts on “Patchwork Bench Rain Walk

  1. dolores says:

    I am totally doing that…when I get the book…..when you get it in your shop!;)

  2. Carolyn says:

    Anna, you are my hero! I keep telling my boyfriend that I want to build and upholster all my own furniture one day, and he thinks I’m crazy. 🙂 This is a great project to get your feet wet. Thanks for sharing your sources and for such an inspirational project. I keep waiting for your book to show up in one of my local bookstores!

  3. Sandra says:

    That bench looks fabulous. What type of fabric is the gray fabric used on the sides? What a unique piece of furniture! Bravo!

  4. Sandra says:

    OOps! I see you’ve said it was reverse denim on the sides. Sorry I missed it.

  5. Whit says:

    I love this! I’m a buyer for a craft store in the SF Bay Area and we just got your book in. I’ve already made a 2-zip gingham tote and am planning on making more. I’ve never posted project pics to Flickr but I will try to get one up soon.

  6. Sona Jacob says:

    that reverse denim is such a great idea! makes all your fabric pop, both in colour and texture!

  7. Cindy says:

    This is awesome! So unique- I love it!:)

  8. Lene says:

    OK – totally stupid, but I’m LOVING your shoes!!! Where did you get them???

    1. Anna Graham says:

      hehe, not stupid. 🙂 They’re Minnetonka, should be able to find them at zappos or just about anywhere really. I love them.

      1. Lene says:

        Yay. Thank you for the reply. I’m from Denmark so maybe it won’t be just as easy to find them here….but now the search begins

  9. nicolemaroon says:

    All of the projects you’ve shared so far are really lovely, but this has to be one of my favs! I need a bench like this in my house! 🙂

  10. Debra Beck says:

    This would be terrific for my small storage ottomans! I’ve been looking for the right fabric, when all along I have it in my quilting studio. D’oh! Thanks for sharing your beautiful work. Using the back of denim is perfect.

  11. Not only MADE it, DESIGNED it AND the fabric!!! Anna, you are on fire. We are remodeling our home this summer. This bench will be a must have in our new space! Can’t wait to take the plunge…

  12. Maja says:

    What a nice bench 🙂 You choose very pretty fabric!
    x M. / http://nevermindnm.blogspot.com/

  13. Heather says:

    I definitely want to make a bench of my own with some favorite fabrics! Love it in the rain walk fabric!

  14. Kelly O. says:

    It is such a fabulous addition to your book… a little DIY a little sewing… a lot of satisfaction!

  15. Diane DeLille says:

    OMG!!! LOVE the Messenger bag!! I’ll be making it!

  16. Antje says:

    Dear Anna, what a beautiful bench! And the fabric is perfect! I have only a question: what kind of wood is it? Cherry? Mahagony? I want to make a bench for our new home, it will perfectly fit with this colour oft wood
    I love your projects of your homepage and your book. They are so inspiring! Please more of it ?
    Warm greetings from Germany

    1. Anna Graham says:

      Thanks for your comment. I believe the wood for this bench featuring Rain Walk was maple, but I added a walnut stain on them. Hope that helps! So glad you like my work. 🙂

      1. Antje says:

        Dear Anna,
        thank you very much. This information helps me a lot. Now I’m only waiting for my ordered fabric and than we can start 🙂

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