Monday, June 13, 2011

Weekend projects

 I have these 2 older mismatched stools that I have in my kitchen. They are very comforable stools, but I had things draped over them to cover the ugliness. I decided to make covers for them. I have done this before, though am no expert.
 These chairs don't look so bad in the pix, but are stained and dinghy looking.
 I started by making a pattern, tracing the shape of the chair onto newspaper. You then have to cut it out and lay it on the chair to make sure it is the right size.
 Then I cut the seat out with about an inch extra added for seam allowance and fudging if it doesn't really fit.
 I added a 6" band around the outside edge of the seat, and turned it up with a one inch hem. I put a drawstring through this hem so that I can draw it up to fit when it is finished. You could also use elastic. The color shows up the truest in the above picture. The fabric is a dark red.

 The seat on the blue chair fit perfectly. The orange chair seat was a little large, so I adjusted a bit and it worked out ok.
For the back I cut two back pieces, and added a gusset for depth. You have to add a couple of inches and  square off the bottom end so that you can hem it and put a drawstring through.
 Doesn't look too bad from here....
 but I had trouble with both backs fitting well. This back bar is part of the problem. I have it tucked up right now and pinned. I think I will go back and hand sew it shut across the bottom of the back. It would look pretty much the same as this, but not so obvious across the bar.

This chair has a funny curved back, so  it was hard to get it to fit right. I added a layer of foam, but then the cover was too short.
I had some leftover pieces so made little "towels" to hang over the backs. Not sure if I like it, but they hide the backs.

These chairs might have a little bit of a redo yet, as I play around with those backs. But they definitely look better than they did before!

9 comments:

Rachel said...

cute I am diggin it!

Karen said...

Very nice! We have a motto at our house "Looks better than it did." when we aren't happy with the way it turned out. But I think you did a very nice job.

Diana Symanowicz said...

Jean - these are awesome. I think you did a fabulous job. I agree with Karen - it looks better than it did. I love the orange fabric AND the towels draped over the back. Looks like it was meant to be. Diana

Dorothy said...

Cool idea for the "towels". It looks like it was meant to be. I'm itching to redo one of my office chairs but, I've never done one before. Thanks for sharing.

GardenofDaisies said...

They look so pretty now!

sewmeow said...

Terrific job and love your little "towels" to cover the backs. Very clever.

LuAnn said...

You make that look easy, but I bet it's like golf. It looks easy when I see it on TV (or on someone's blog), but when I try it it's a totally different story. Your chairs look great!

cookie said...

great looking chair.

thanks for sharing how to do it.
Kerstin

Angie Kritenbrink said...

Sometimes with office chairs it is easy to take the whole part off and reupholster it. That could be an option if you decide you don't like your covers. Or could you do a cut-out in the back of your cover?