I actually started this project back in early November and it took me until right before New Years to finish it. See the two chairs in our office?
They are a great height and shape for the space and I loved that we had two and they matched. Would I like something else later on like a neat wicker chair like this? Sure! But for now these are perfectly fine except for the color. As I mentioned, we had gone out and done some revamping to the master bedroom duvet and got some new curtains (still working on that!). Well the ones that we had in there for a short time actually appeared to work really well as covers for these two chairs. The only problem – some sewing would have to be required. (gasp!)
First things first I took the chairs apart with an allen wrench. If you don’t have a set of these at home, get one – especially if you like IKEA. Small lazy puggle for this work is optional.
Then I took a pair of scissors and cut the bottom hem and the grommet top off the curtains so I would have a rough cut of fabric.
So then I was able to cut the pieces out for the seat and the back. The seat was the easy part. All you’ll need is the fabric and a staple gun. I’ve got a light duty stapler that I picked up at Joann’s for another project. Just pull tight and staple away!
I stapled the front and back of the cushion first then went for the corners so I could get them done tight and clean. I just trimmed and folded the fabric until I had a nice clean line and stapled it into place.
And repeated in the other corners and edges until I was done. Piece of cake!
The back is where I got held up for the month. I’ll head out and grab a nail gun, a miter saw, a jig saw or whatever, but a sewing machine seems to scare me beyond all other mechanisms. And all I had to do was sew two straight seams per chair! Once I gathered my courage up, my sewing machine and me sat down and had a little chit-chat about tension strengths and correct bobbin threading and finally seemed to be on the same page. Since I was so concerned about this step however I have no pictures. I got so wrapped up in making sure I didn’t mess it up too badly. But here’s what I did.
Think of this type of chair back as a pillow case essentially. All you need to do is fold the fabric around one side and sew a seam at the top and along the side like noted here.
I managed to do just that and the fit was nice and snug once I pulled the “pillow case” over the chair back. A few more trimming and staples on the bottom being sure to work around the chair legs and I had me some newly covered chairs!
They look much better in the room together now.
These curtains were $25 for the pair, but since I had bought these for another room and turned out they didn’t work, this was essentially a $0 project for me. All I needed was a little courage to face the sewing machine!
Any of you have a tool you dread using? Tips for other sewing novices?