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Reupholstering a Bargain Chair for the Bedroom

A few months ago, I spied a little chair outside a second hand furniture shop. She was full of potential, and I knew she’d fit in my Civic. With a price tag at $40, I decided to take her home.

Here’s a picture of the chair in the living room after I brought her home. Note the nubby rust fabric, and check out the pleated skirt!

This weekend, I purchased 4 yards of fabric at Jo-ann’s, in a red and white print to go with the colors in the bedroom. It came to about $21 – the fabric happened to be on sale! I have to say, I went a little out of my comfort zone with this pattern.

When I got home, I cut the skirt off of the chair, and I started making a pattern for the new cover. The pattern ended up being 5 pieces: seat, left arm, right arm, back (inside) and back (outside). I made these by holding newspaper against the chair and tracing the size of the piece for each pattern.

I cut the pattern out of the fabric, and then … I sewed the cover with my new sewing machine!! It’s been ages since I last sewed, but I seem to have retained a decent amount of what my mom taught me back when we used to sew together (Thanks Mom!). I realize this was a pretty big project to tackle, having not sewn anything in probably 15 years.

After the cover was complete, I staple gunned the bottom of the cover to the bottom of the chair’s frame to give it a more polished look.

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  • Kathie @ my net finds
    August 4, 2009 at 10:57 am

    It looks great!!! 🙂

  • Liz
    August 5, 2009 at 6:30 am

    I love it! It looks great!

  • Kathie @ my net finds
    August 6, 2009 at 9:50 am

    an award for you! 🙂

  • ♥ Teresa ♥
    August 9, 2009 at 1:38 am

    Oh, my! That looks incredible!! I love the red and white fabric. You did an amazing job. You should be really proud of your work.

    I’m stopping by from SITS. I just wanted to share a little comment love. I hope you’re having a wonderful weekend!



    Teresa <><

  • Teresa
    August 24, 2009 at 10:53 am

    You did a wonderful job! It looks great.

  • Abby
    April 29, 2011 at 3:50 pm

    Looks fantastic! Great job!