The raw materials
Then I cut out fabric to cover the padding. The fabric was cut to twice the dimension of the short leg of each rectangle plus 1 1/2" (1/2" seam allowance on each side and 1/2" of extra ease for the thickness of the padding) and the length of the long leg of each rectangle plus about 2" (1/2" seam allowance on each end plus some extra for ease and "just in case"). As an example, the bottom padding was cut to 6" x 12" so I cut a piece of fabric 13 1/2" (6" x 2 plus 1 1/2") x 14" (12" plus 2").
Since this is my first attempt at any sort of tutorial, let me know how I did! Were my explanations understandable or just confusing? I'd like to do more tutorials in the future so I want to make sure I'm doing a good job of making everything clear and easy to follow. :)