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Here’s how to make your own garden kneeling pads if you spend a lot of time gardening. Read on to find the complete instructions.
Kneeling pads are devices used by gardeners and other people to take the pressure off of knees while working. Although many gardening tasks can be done standing, such as planting seeds, mowing lawns, and washing windows, some jobs will need to be done on one’s knees. This is especially true for weeding and cultivating gardens.
What is a Garden Kneeling Pad?
Garden kneeling pad provides a soft surface for establishing comfortable contact between your knees and the ground or any solid surface; additionally, they allow you to move around more easily than kneeling directly on the hard surface beneath you. A good kneeling pad should:
- Be portable so you can take it with you anywhere.
- Have adequate cushioning so as not to wear your knees out.
- Have a full perimeter so you do not feel like it will roll off where you put it.
Some of the most popular types of garden kneeling pads include:
Outdoor Thick Kneeling Pad
This is one of the most popular types on the market. It has a raised beveled edge that prevents your knees from slipping forward and can be used both indoors and outdoors. Its unique honeycomb design provides greater support than traditional knee pads, which means that this type does not flatten with prolonged use. This brand comes in small (11.5 x 9.4 inches) or medium (13 x inches). Since these are lightweight (less than half a pound), they are often carried on hikes and used on bike trails and traveling. The raised edge makes it easier for children to use the kneeling pads as well.
Indoor Kneeling Pad
These are the two most popular types on the market. Although many users have praised their portability, there have been complaints that this type is not very sturdy because the edges tend to curl up when you kneel on them with full weight. It has an anti-slip bottom that prevents heavy-duty furniture from moving around, so you can use them in high-traffic areas without fear of tripping anyone up.
Garden Kneeling Pads
The unique features of this kneepad are its ergonomic design and its reversible, which means that you get twice as much use out of one pad. This kneeling pad is made from eco-friendly materials, durable enough to last several seasons without needing replacement. It has an anti-slip bottom, so no matter how hard you work, it stays in place. Since they are lightweight but still provide cushioning, these pads are recommended for those with back problems who need to do a lot of ground-level gardening work.
How to Make a Kneeling Pad
Here are the instructions on how to sew your own garden kneeling pad. You will need a sewing machine and sewing skills to do it.
- 1/2 yard oilcloth
- Old cloth scraps
- Sewing machine
- Cut two pieces of fabric measuring 8″ x 20″.
- Fold each piece lengthwise so there is no raw edge showing.
- Pin together along the edges leaving an opening at the bottom.
- Sew around the entire perimeter using a zigzag stitch.
- Trim off excess material.
- Turn right side out.
- Cut the cloth scraps into small pieces.
- Fill the kneeling pad with scraps for a cushion.
In addition, you can sew in a zipper at the bottom of the kneeling pad so you can easily access and refill the padding. This will help you reuse the pad many times.
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