My dirty little secret: I can't sew. But I always manage to make do.
I want to protect the glossy wood floors, so we're instituting a no-shoes policy indoors. Thus the need for a seat for shoe removal and then a depository for the shoes. We thought we might build our own bench and box. We looked at a spiffy ($250) entry piece at Sam's Club. Then we remembered a toy box still hanging around my mom's house. It just fit the niche between cabinet and door.
I wanted to perk it up with a little color. I still had the upholstered seat I made for our first apartment, using a salvaged naugahyde cushion. I "recovered" with a cinnamon red drapery panel for the foyer of the second house. I was happy to press it into service again. I unfolded my masking-tape seam and sawed off the excess foam. Pretend like you're wrapping a gift, and neatly tucked ends don't look too awful. (Having trouble uploading the after photo)
At least it's quick!