Chairs are wonderful things. Especially the kind that welcome you into them with soft comfort and firm support. The kind you want to curl up in with a good book and a cup of coffee and relax for a while.
This was one such wonderful chair. (please ignore the fact that the cushion and pillow are not included. This is a ‘before’ photo – that I almost forgot to take.)
Covered in Linen and constructed in a wonderfully sturdy, comfortable way this chair began it’s life in glorious form. But as years went by it began to look tired and to show the stains of the much-loved life of a wonderful chair.
But really all it needed was some re-dressing.
This chair is now wearing a drop cloth slip cover and no longer looks tired. It is very happy to have its life extended with the simple addition of a new ‘dress’.
The pillow that goes with this chair was thrilled with the pleated ruffle accent added to its edges.
The ottoman that matched the chair also received a pleated ruffle addition.
The front of the chair got the same treatment too. Chair, Pillow, and Ottoman are quite proud to match in this way. I decided the design of the chair did not need the pleated ruffle on the sides so it only wraps around a little on each side.
The chair ruffle and the pillow ruffle are double so there was not need for a hem. Gives a little thicker texture and neat drape.
Here is the side where the pleated ruffle stops.
I have used ribbon and created ties for the open sides on slip covers but this chair decided it needed a less frilly look so I sewed on velcro to keep it neat and tidily covered!
Rounded edges just get tucked and folded to fit the chair neatly.
Perfect spot to browse through all the new fall magazines. I really kind of wanted to keep this chair/ottoman duo.
It paired quite nicely with my collection of vintage yardsticks.
It even looked great with my sticks and leaves and herbs and flowers and knots artwork! But considering that directly to the right of the chair is the kitchen door way and this was completely blocking the walkway, it really isn’t a convenient spot for a chair and ottoman. So I let the owner take them home. And since they weren’t mine it was nice to have the project finished and out of my way. Someday I will figure out exactly what furniture I like for my living room and get some comfy stuff of my own!
Do you have furniture that is looking tired? Slip Cover it!
Sew a Fine Seam