I have a very old chair that belonged to my Great-Grandmother. I've been wanting to recover the seat for awhile.
It has an old, tattered needlepoint seat cover. This was not the original cover, when I removed this I discovered 3 more layers beneath it.
This project only took a couple of hours to do and I am pleased with the results, I think my Great-Grandmother would be too!
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Step 1: Supplies
1 old cotton Hawaiian shirt
1 old Men's cotton shirt
Wonder-Under fusible webbing
Batting or Fleece (I was able to re-use the old batting)
Step 2: Remove Old Seat Cushion
Look under the chair and see if you need a regular screwdriver or a Phillips head screwdriver. Remove the screws and lift seat off of frame.
Step 3: Fusible Webbing
Iron the fusible webbing onto the wrong side of the fabric. Peel the paper off and place a piece of solid cotton fabric onto the webbing. Press. This will fuse the 2 fabrics together and make it extra strong and durable.
Place the seat cushion upside down on top of this and trim fabric, leaving 2" around all 4 sides of seat.
Step 4: Cover
Wrap fabric around sides and starting in the center of each side, gently pull fabric tightly and hammer small upholstery nails into bottom of seat.
When the sides are secure, Gather corners with needle and thread.
Step 5: Replace Seat Cushion
Turn cushion over and place onto the chair frame. Line up holes for screws and replace the screws tightly.
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