2 years ago, my Mom picked up a small reading chair for my daughter at a garage sale. She has loved it and now my son does too. The problem was, the fabric shows stains pretty badly and when I tried to clean it, you would then see the water stains. After seeing how easy it was to re-cover the car seat, I decided to give re-upholstering the chair a try. Here’s what I started with:
The main thing I learned from the previous project was to take pictures…. lots of them. I kept my camera next to me the whole time and picked it up every time I got to another section of the chair. I also labeled everything as I went. When I got the original pieces off of the chair, I used them as my guide to cut the new fabric.
The tools needed to complete this task were a flathead screwdriver and needlenose pliers to remove the old upholstery, scissors, pins and a sewing machine to prepare the new fabric (honestly, there was very little sewing involved and it could easily be done by hand) and a staple gun to put on the new stuff. I picked up my fabric from Hancock Fabrics. They’ve got a huge section of designer upholstery remnants that they sell for $4 a yard! I got enough of this great, soft, durable brown corduroy-style couch fabric to complete my project for just over $10! Pair that with the staple gun I bought (my husband’s was too heavy-duty and the staples were only 1/4 in wide) and I spent a little over $20 and a couple of hours of my time to make a really cute addition to our family’s living room.
I wanted to add a little something to it, because I thought the brown was just a little too plain. My first thought was a ‘P’ for our last name, but then I couldn’t pass it on to a friend or family member once we were finished with it. Becca suggested I do a bookworm, and I thought Eric Carle’s ‘Very Hungry Caterpillar’ would make a great addition and be fairly simple to applique. I just used fabric from my stash to make it happen and I think he couldn’t have come out any cuter!
When I finally put the chair down for the kids, my daughter sat on the arm and ‘pet’ it, telling me how soft it was, and my son stood in front of it, banging on the caterpillar and talking to it. I’m pretty sure they love it! -Kelly