Friday, September 30, 2011

How to Re-upholster a chair without sewing a stitch!

 I am totally not kidding!
You can re-upholster a chair without sewing a stitch.
Not a SINGLE ONE!

Curious?

Of course you are?

Who wouldn't be?

Now you can recover that old, green, flowered 70's chair that has been sitting in your garage just waiting for you to learn the "upholstery" skill.

The wait is over my friends!

 This is my beautiful, fabulous, you so know that you want it, AFTER!

Does this chair not just say Happy, Happy, Happy!
I was happy, and I did the happy dance, and it made my happy 
because it only took me 30 minutes to do the whole chair!

That is NOT a typo!
Start to finish-30 mins!

I had this chair that I have loved ever since I bought it 5+ years ago.


It is extremely comfy and I have rocked all my chicakadees in this chair.
I just couldn't get rid it.
Even if it was a pale pink, green and cream plaid.
Hey-those were the "in" colors. 
Don't judge!

I found this little blanket/lap quilt/mini comforter at the thrift store over a year ago.
I bought it with the intention of just covering the chair and calling it good.
Well, it was a little too small for this purpose, so it looked nice and pretty for the reveal of my craft room.


 But after that, the fabric was such a pain to have re-tuck it after anybody sat in it, it went to live in the deep, dark, scary, linen closet.
(it's scary in there! Again, don't judge)

I had an epiphany this morning. Why can't I just "pin-cover" it?
So, I pulled out my scissors, upholstery pins and some fabulous fabric that was leftover from this 

I wrapped the cushion like a present with this fab, flower fabric.
Just cut your piece of fabric large enough that it will wrap around the whole piece.

Now, pull and pin.


Just make sure that you use the u-pins.


(upholstery pins-this word is uber long and takes a long time to type out.)

source
They hold the fabric in place much better.


Once your pretty cushion is wrapped and fabulous, move on to the chair.


I put the cushion in first so I would know where I needed to pin the fabric into place.


I pinned the piece to the back of the seat  & then tucked the fabric into the chair.
Like so..


I then pinned the fabric to the underside of the arms before I started cutting.

Then I started cutting the middle.
Now, DON'T cut the entire thing out and not pay attention to what you are doing.
I started cutting in one corner-about 5" up from the bottom.


Keep cutting until the whole center piece is missing. See how the bottom is still intact?
You want this. Don't cut the bottom piece off!!


It is not required, but totally awesome if you don't bother to 
clean out the chair before you start taking pics.
I figure we are all friends here and I can't be the only one who would/have done this. 

(sorry, I didn't take pics of the next step-it's not hard though)
Then I started pulling and pinning the bottom. I started at one corner and then moved to the next corner. I pinned the bottom, front last.

Then I pulled the fabric and pinned to each side of the chair-just below the arms.
Just around the corner from where you pinned the bottom into place.

Maybe I should mention that I didn't have to cover the entire chair..
It is in a corner of a room and so the only part of the chair that you see is the front and the arms.
You could still do this even if you did see the whole chair. 
You would just have to cut and pin more.
(I know, you're thinking..DUH!)

I put the cushion in and did a little bit of tucking, but not too much.


Because the fabric that I used to cover the cushion was outdoor/heavy fabric, the fit with the cushion was a little snug. This turned out to be perfect.
I would recommend that you cover the cushion with a heavy fabric.

When you are all finished-you will probably want to use some of this fabric protector
aka- Scotch guard.


This is cheaper than scotch guard and you can pick it up at Jo-anne's.
It is around $12.00 a bottle.

If you happen to be spraying and the spring breaks in the squirter thing-no worries.
Just ask your husband to take this lid off ,because it- is -on soooo- flippin -tight, 
and pour it into a squirt bottle.
All fixed! Just cross out the 
"don't use this bottle-it has dog pee remover in it." that u wrote on the bottle you chose to use.
Did I mention that you should thoroughly clean the bottle that you choose to use first?
You should clean the bottle.

Now you have a chair that is beautiful, happy and was super easy and cheap to do!


Best Part-No sewing skills required!
You don't even have to know how to thread a needle.

Not too shabby for a girl who has new sewing, needle threading, 
or any other skills that go along with seamstress.

Go and look for a chair you can re-do now.
We can start a non-sewing upholstering chairs club.
I call head t-shirt maker~!

Partying with:




Tausha

10 comments :

  1. Well done! For a non-sewer like me this is great! That fabric is amazing :)

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  2. You make me laugh every time I read a post. Thanks! The fabric you chose for the seat cushion is so fun and vibrant and I am really impressed you figured out how to do this with no sewing involved again...brilliant!

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  3. This is awesome! I have a chair I bought at the thrift store w/ the intention of re-covering at some point but it's just been sitting there because the task seemed so daunting! You made it seem less daunting. I'm pinning this and may get brave enough to try it soon!

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  4. So cute! I got a settee today off of ksl.com for $20!! You are inspiring me...Hmmmm. :)

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  5. You are so funny! Great idea!

    Found you via TT&J Weekend Wrap Up and am the post two before yours. I would love if you checked out my blog too! purplestpecalin.blogspot.com

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  6. I just bought this chair this weekend, I wish I could reupholster it the way you did but I think its shape won't work that way.....bummer! Your chair looks great though!

    -Julia
    Http://bluejcottage.blogspot.com

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  7. That looks great! Much better than before for sure! And sounds easy enough! Thanks for linking to Fancy This Fridays!!!

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  8. Very tricky of you! I love this idea.

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  9. Tausha, thanks so much for posting such a fantastic idea. I have some great furniture, that I no longer like the patterns of the upholstery. It seems as if we may be running a race for head seamstress, because I'm equally if not worse in that department. So thanks for the inspirations an helping me bring life to my oldies but goodies!

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  10. Tausha, thanks so much for posting such a fantastic idea. I have some great furniture, that I no longer like the patterns of the upholstery. It seems as if we may be running a race for head seamstress, because I'm equally if not worse in that department. So thanks for the inspirations an helping me bring life to my oldies but goodies!

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Thanks for stopping by. Hope that my craziness might have inspired you! I would to hear what you have to say. (as long as it is nice)

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