Monday, January 19, 2009

Tackle it Tuesday: from trash to treasure

Perhaps some of you remember that when I go and visit special people, I like to clean their garage.  Here's a treasure from THIS organizing adventure. It made its way from Minnesota to Illinois, and then ended up here.
It was cluttering up my dungeon!!  I listed it as a six hour project.  
First off, I cut samples of what I thought the cushions would be, and then held them up to the real chair.  Once they looked about the right size, I cut the actual piece from the upholstery fabric.  I also made welting from a contrasting fabric.
I employed my DH to help me with the strapping.
The skirting was lined and pleated before being attached with a staple gun.

To make the cushions, I made fully filled pillow forms that were the same shape as the pillows. Making these pillows with a zipper is the best way to go.  If things "shift" over time, they can be adjusted easily.  Once you squeeze the forms in, I shove more stuffing in the nooks and crannies of the pillow form.  It makes it look sort of "pregnant", and that's a happy look for upholstery.
The little ties are also sewn in the seam before the seam closes.
Ta-da!!  Finished chair!!


Friends are a great treasure also.  Thank you for the kind birthday greetings. 




10 comments:

Gabrielle said...

I love your fabric choices! It looks great!

Susie said...

What a beautiful tackle!!!

palmtreefanatic said...

great tackle and great job!

shopannies said...

good job and great pictures

Tanya said...

That would be an un-tackle-able tackle for me. Good for you!

Mrs. Parunak said...

Wow. I'm so in awe of your talent. Did your first project come out that well? And, did I read that right? A six hour project? I think it would have been more like six days for me.

Lolli said...

What a great tackle! I love the way the chair turned out. Friends are a great treasure, I agree.

Heidi @ Blue Eyed Blessings said...

Very impressive! The chair looks so beautiful and the colors are so vibrant and fun. It really livened the chair up! That must have been a fun and rewarding tackle. :)

Faith said...

Wow, great job! I love the fabrics that you picked!

L2L said...

wonderful job!!!!! You are working up my courage to make a slip cover for a glider I have. Haven't gotten there yet but maybe if I keep visiting your blog I'll get there evenutally. Love the colors!!!!