I have wanted to create something with a panel besides a quilt for a while now. I made a slip when I cut this panel and cut partly into the design. Thankfully it wasn't the last one and I wasn't going to send it out, but that was good news for me! The centre design was just about the right size for a chair I bought about 3 years ago. It had no seat and was in great need of some TLC.
YOU WILL NEED
Fabric (A reprint is being done and is due in July 2024, subscribe to be the first to hear when it is back in stock)
3-4 Screws (size depending on your chair)
1. The first method is entirely down to what you have to work with. I had no seat at all on mine so my husband cut some MDF to size. The MDF was taken from a fitted wardrobe we took out a few weeks before, hence the workings out on the back. I painted, sanded, painted again and waxed the chair in preparation.
2. Draw around the seat and cut the foam to the right size. It is hard to be really neat but this will all be hidden so don't worry too much.
3. Cut some wadding big enough to cover the seat and overlap the back by around 2". This doesn't have to be neat. I had some really thick wadding I bought years ago for a quilt before I knew much about wadding and soon realised it wasn't suitable for a quilt. I still kept it, just in case, and today was that day!
With the foam on what will be the front, pull the wadding over the chair. I pulled it tight and secured it roughly on each side with the staple gun.
4. With the fabric cut big enough to fit over the cushion and overlap the back, place it centrally on your seat. I have folded over the raw edges so they are hidden and stapled once on each side. Make sure you pull it tight when you do so.
5. Now work your way around the edge. This is not my neatest work but it will all be hidden away. Just make sure it is tight and you keep checking the front.
The front is what matters and it looks perfect.
6. Although I could have done this myself, I thought I would get my handy husband involved again. He screwed the base from underneath in 3 places. It is really important to make sure the screws are long enough to go through the chair and the seat but not the foam. You don't want any screws sticking out of your chair when you sit on it.
The chair is finished and ready in the nursery. It is the first thing we have made for the nursery so it is extra special. This is such a quick project, especially if it is just a cover you need to do and not the DIY before hand. I would love to hear if it has inspired you to give it a go. For more free tutorials, the latest fabrics and special offers, make sure you have subscribed to the mailing list.
This was the before picture. Quite a transformation, don't you think?!