How to Recycle a Sweater into a Chair Covercomments (7) January 14th, 2009
So, if you couldn't tell from last week's post, I love sweaters! And this sweater fascination cannot be quenched with just one "turn sweaters into home décor" post. Oh no! If I had my way my whole house would be covered in the things; after all, the coziest house is a cozied one. This project adds a quirky twist to a simple chair redo.
Here's what you'll need:
- A chair
- A sweater
- Seam ripper
- Staple gun and staples
- Felt (large enough to cover the bottom of the seat of your chair) (optional)
For the matching pillow:
- A second sweater (for the pillow back)
- Sewing machine
- Pillow form or stuffing
First, you need to find a chair. Ideally you have one around the house that could use an update, but if you need to go out and buy one, worry not! The world is full of fun secondhand furniture. Check out Craigslist or eBay or your local thrifts, yard sales, flea markets, or antique mall. Don't be afraid of something that might need a bit more love than just a new seat cover. . . the more DIY fun the better!
Once you've found your chair and you've painted it (if need be), you're ready to move on to covering the seat. The sweater you choose for this project should be big but it doesn't have to be too large. Depending on the size of the seat you wish to cover, a ladies' size large should be big enough to do the job.
If your sweater is patterned, like mine, make sure to center your pattern to your cushion. Also, make sure your pattern is facing the right direction. Trust me on that one. . . staple-gun staples are a pain to pull out when you screw up.
Once your seat is covered, fit it back onto the chair.
Now, sit back, relax, and enjoy the coziest chair in the house!
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