Saturday, October 8, 2011

please have a seat

Don't you just love to complete something that's been nagging at you for a while?  This project has been on my case for over 2 years.  TWO YEARS! I mean, we even moved and it still wasn't finished. 

I got these chairs from my great aunt Evelyn, they had been in her house since before I was born.  I figuring they are mid-century.

Before, they had this old tweed on them and as I discovered, no support underneath the seat.  Not sure how that happened...

Seats removed

Aunt Evelyn was a pretty crafty lady and had re-covered them at some point, but her and the family all smoked in the house (ick), you know, how people used to do, and they were desperate for a little love.

I removed the first layer of tweed fabric and found this reddish fabric with gold threads on the back and the green on the bottom. But as you can see, damn gross inside.

Sanded down the seats

And after stained them really dark

I don't have pictures of it, but I wove upholstery webbing on the bottom and attached it with industrial staples.  Then I covered the seats with a bunch of batting for cushion. 

I've had one of the chairs done for about a year, but the 2nd one had been sitting *almost* finished since then.

Poor thing, just hanging out undone

So now, after my bombshell dress I decided I needed something easy to take on.  And after all is said and done...

And with it's mate :)

I got this Ikea fabric as a gift 4 years ago and could never decide what to do with it.  I love, love, love it on these chairs!  

I made the pattern in muslin from the old fabric then traced it on the Ikea fabric.  I used a fusible interfacing, but next time I'll underline for added strength.  Hope it lasts, haha, cause obviously I don't love upholstery projects considering how long this took.


  1. Your chairs turned out terrific, they look comfy and inviting! And like you, I know all too well that some projects cannot be rushed :) My sewing room is full of projects I lovingly refer to as part of my twenty year plan - geesh, did I really say that out loud?

  2. Fabulous !! Really, they look absolutely stunning. I LOVE the fabric and it looks so nice with the slightly darker frames. Good job ! x

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