a new cover for the chair

I got my hands on a sewing machine, and this is what I made!


I have tons of stuff in progress; already made, about to be finished, tutorials, some patterns… but I’ve also wrapped up a BFA and graduated, so time to sort through pictures and projects and write posts has been really limited lately, at best. However! When I get to borrow my super-lovely neighbours sewing machine while mine is in deep pre-cross-Atlantic-move-storage, I certainly have to work on some projects, and this is one that required minimal time and effort.

I recovered the seat, oh, something like two years ago, but possibly scarred by the trauma of the downstairs (chough-crazy-chough) neighbour in my past apartment pounding on the ceiling while I was recovering it, it has just sat unfinished ever since.

This is what it looked like before, by the way:

I finally got around to drape the rest of the pieces on there, mark and cut, and stitch it up quickly. The fabric covering the seat is staple-gunned on top of the previous cover, and the back-rest is a slipcover with the underside just whipstitched in place.


I think with the light-colored fabric, it would have been fun to stain or paint the woodwork a dramatic, dark color. I never got around to it – perhaps whoever has it next will!

It’s so satisfying to get stuff out of the to-do pile, even if it’s just in time to sell it before we move!

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4 thoughts on “a new cover for the chair”

    1. I need Norway too! ;) I have a book at home about the *real* way to re-upholster chairs – down to the springs and batting and everything, and I can’t wait to give that a go next!

  1. I am thinking of undertaking a major reupolstery project this summer as well…..its this hideous green chair, but the shape of it is really nice! Any tips?

    1. Ooo, how fun! I’d check out some books from the library! I know you’ll need a staplegun and those little pretty nails and batting, but I’ve honestly not done serious upholstery work like that – though I’d love to at one point! John’s mom has some pictures of the process when she did some furniture work: http://colleensprojects.wordpress.com/furniture/

      Can’t wait to see it Julia! Sounds like a great summer project! Not to mention the other things you’re up to!

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