So today I have a little story for you about a chair. It's a lovely little chair and it resides in my kitchen. It's relatively new and until about an hour ago, it had a big tear right in the seat. Oh boy. Not good.
Especially since, like I said, it is pretty new.
You see, I have always loved the look of upholstered furniture in the kitchen. It gives the space such a warm and cozy feeling. If possible, I would put a sofa in there, but I don't have the room. My kitchen is large, but the space around the dining table is tight, so it took me a very long time to find a piece that was going to fit properly.
I was also looking for a very particular style. I did not want a slipcovered chair and I needed something without arms to fit under the table and I wanted wooden legs...and it had to be cheap!
I was thrilled when I came across this chair on Ebay and snatched it right up. It was plain, but easily adorned with pillows and throws. It was my favorite place to sit in the room and it looked fabulous.
So imagine my horror, when one morning a few months ago, I saw this giant tear. Of course, no one knew how it happened.
There was no real easy fix here.
The chair is an odd shape and there are no straight corners. It was going to be a challenge to repair and I stewed about it for a long time. I thought about a patch, but yuck.
Then I thought about a slipcover, but that would just cover up the lovely legs and tailored style. Then tonight, I was struck with an idea to make a tiny slipcover, just for the seat portion. I wasn't really sure how it was all going to pan out, but I grabbed my bag of sewing leftovers and scraps and went to work.
Next, I gathered the fabric at the corners, wrapped it like package and sewed it together.
I was on a roll and it was looking good, but the fabric need some kind of trim to finish it off. I luckily had some pretty ivory rope leftover from a pillow project. I pinned it onto the red fabric.
I hand stitched the trim onto the red fabric. It would've been much easier to do this with the machine, but I was working on the fly and the project was evolving on the chair itself, so I did it by hand.
When the trim work was complete, I stitched the cover gently to the chair itself, at the side folds. I did not want to sew the entire piece to the chair. The slipcover is going to move when people sit on it and shift around. If I sewed it on everywhere, it could rip the chair. By leaving it loose, the cover should give and float.
I also like the idea that I can gently remove a few stitches, if I get bored with this look, to replace this cover with another when the spirit moves me! I have to say, overall, I am really pleased with my quick little project, especially since it was free!
I was very upset with that tear, but honestly, I think I like the chair better this way. It has a little personality now and it looks really great in the space!
What do you think about my repair?
I am curious if you have any other ideas for a quick fix...you know, in case I get tired of this look!
Hey~ guess what? A few years after this makeover, I needed another fix for my chair. You can peek at it here!
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