Ever since I embarked on One Room Challenge these past 5 weeks I've been obsessed with French mattress style cushions. What is the French mattress? I am glad you asked. In a nutshell, it is a natural (mostly filled with wool) hand-made mattress that has a hand-rolled edge that is referred to as French style edge or a roll edge.
These mattresses are rather expensive to buy, not that easy to make, but appear to be used for life. There isn't too much information out there about them and they are definitely not in mainstream use around us, but there a few blog posts of those who tried to buy or create them. There is some information on Root Simple site including links to instructions on how to make these mattresses from the turn of the 20th century (here and here).
I'll be checking those links out as I am completing my own French style bench cushion. I only wish that I found this before spending an hour in Fabricland yesterday trying to decide on the thread to finish the cushion and having the salespeople look at me funny when I tried to explain what I was trying to do.
Another interesting post is from Kris from Driven by Decor as she had her cushion sewn after searching through more expensive options and from Heather's Secrets from Paris search for less expensive hand-made wool mattress in the heart of Paris.
While I am not currently on the lookout to replace our mattresses (but perhaps we should be, I guess all that I read up to this point is prompting me to do a bit more research on the subject), I wanted French style mattress cushion for our shelf turned bench in studio/office.
I first researched the options of buying something and while there are a few possibilities, the first problem is finding the right size, second is the fact that all of these appear to be in the US, bringing up the third problem of price even if they ship to Canada.
I've decided to try doing this on my own and the first part was fairly easy - just cut everything, line up and use a friend to sew it... Next up is the the hand stitching with heavier thread through stuffing and fabric. Apparently, it works better with curved needle, so I'll need to buy that.
I'll report the results of my edging soon enough (next Thursday is a deadline) so I better get on it. If it all works out well, I'll be posting step-by-step instructions soon.