Yesterday I finished doing a little re-covering project on my 2 favorite chairs. I bought them at an antique mall many years ago. I wish I had a whole set of them. I painted them black and covered them with this soft Waverly toile' years ago.
On my recent trip to Vermont for the Quilt Festival I picked up this beautiful Red toile' with George Washington. Looks to me like a centennial print reproduction.
Here is how I did it -- the process ;)
First unscrew the seat and check out the foam and batting, replace if not in good condition. Remove old covering. I used staples and hot glue last time.
You may need a utility knife or something like it.
Now figure out what part of print you want to center. Using a stripe or damask is easier you just make a template using the batting piece, or the wood bottom. Of course, I cut out a piece, then I changed my mind about the centering of the print - doh!
To cut the second piece of a large print, it's most accurate if you lay the first piece on top and match it all around. I turned up a corner so you could see the top piece.
The next part is the trickiest. You pull the fabric and glue it or staple it to the wood. This is where you do quite a bit of swearing and finger burning. To make things extra challenging, you can cut you piece a little small like I did and do a lot of swearing and burning. I did learn that regular fabric has a lot more stretch than home dec fabric, but I really wanted to use this print, so I dealt.
Is it pretty? No. Does it work? Yes
Thank you to Liz for the wonderful package from GivetheseGirlsaGo. They have a blog with wonderful crafty things and those girls look like a lot of fun! I won a give away (this is my last of 4 recent wins - what? I know, too lucky lately.)
How cute is that handmade card and those gift tags?
These are "rat tails". I've never seen or heard of them. They don't fray - awesome!
And finally these beautiful Kaffe fabrics - thanks girls!! I'm still planning to make your little birdy cabinet!
After just dropping of husband and son for a 10 day sailing trip, they are doing the Chicago - Mackinaw Island Yacht Race - it's going to be girl time here with Hanna and coco. Girl food, Girl TV, Girl Fun.
I hope you have a fun weekend too~