Back in November I showed you my daughter's completed new room and mentioned that I would tell you how I did a "cheater" job to reupholster her chair.
Well, 6 months later, here you go! The chair was in fairly good shape except for a few spots on the arms. When we chose the red color scheme for her room, I thought this chair would work in there but wanted to jazz it up a bit...it was a bit of a wall flower.
I gathered scraps of leftover fabric and played around with which pieces I wanted to use where until I was happy with the layout.
I started with the back panel and cut my fabric with a bit extra around the edges. I left probably 8-12" on the sides and bottom, and just about 2" or so along the top edge. I simply folded the top edge and creased it with my fingers, and then applied hot glue under the fold and tucked it right up close under the cording. Believe it or not, hot glue does a really good job of bonding fabric!
I left more fabric around the sides and bottom because I was able to just tuck those sections way in towards the back (between the back and the side wing) and they stayed nicely. It was helpful to use an old butter knife to force the fabric to slide under some of the tight edges like this one. I didn't want the fabric to pull out when someone sat in the chair, and with the extra bulk I could stuff it way back and it stayed put nicely.
To cover the arms, I did the same thing, folding under every side that would show, hot gluing carefully right along each edge, and tucking under cording as close as possible. Once I reached the back cushion and bottom seat edge of the arm, I tucked the excess fabric tightly into those crevices.
I didn't have a picture of this part, but those yellow pieces that she has her finger on were attached with little upholstery tacks on the underneath side. I pried them off with a screwdriver, but left them attached along their bottom side (so that curved section folded down like a flap). Then I made a clean fold along the bottom edge and wrapped the fabric around to the back and glued along the edges. I folded the "flap" back up and pushed the tacks back into place. The pieces were a bit loose so I went back with more hot glue and pressed on the pieces firmly until it dried. Perfect.
The chevron strip was more of the same, cut approximately to size and then folded and glued around all of the edges. I went back several inches underneath the cushion and glued the rest right along the cording. For the skirt, I roughly doubled the measurement around the chair and hemmed it along the bottom side. Then I sectioned it off, stapling first of all on the corners and the middle of each side.
Then I used the loose fabric between staples and eye-balled some pleats, once again right up under the cording. There was a hard surface under this section of the chair, so I did use the staple gun wherever I could get it to go in well.
To cover the raw skirt edge I glued on some fringe and ribbon, and a thin strip of black and white ribbon balanced out the other side of the cording.
Ta-Da! Wall flower to Flower Power!
I think this method really is a good alternative if you have a chair that is in fairly good condition, but just needs a little pepping up. Although it currently has clothes strewn across it, the little one does enjoy sitting here to read from time to time, and I think it's an extra piece of art in the corner!
What do you think? Would you try the hot-glue upholstery method?
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