ReInventions – Rolling Chair Refashion

This was my sewing chair
Functional but ugly. I’ve had recovering it on my to do list for quite a while. So I finally did it. It took about an hour, which made me wonder why I waited so long.
First, I unscrewed the seat and the seat back. I was left with the frame, which got a tube of fabric squished on it. I know I marked this as a not sewing project, but that was all I sewed.
I stapled fabric and ruffle over the seat from underneath. The trick to re-upholstering chair seats like this is to staple down the center of each side first, doing all 4 sides, then working out to each edge and tucking/pleating as you go. That way the fabric doesn’t get pulled wonky and you don’t end up with a ton of extra fabric around the corners.
(See, I didn’t even sew the back edges – just cut with pinking shears)
The seat back came apart by pressing and wiggling.
I covered the front part the same way as the seat, then covered the plastic part using a top-secret method. Masking tape.
Really, the plastic lip is what holds this in place, so the masking tape was just to hold it while I put the two pieces back together, which require some flathead screwdrivers (to hold the lip out) and my knee (to press the top in).
Screwed it back together, and now I have this in front of my sewing machine
And of course as soon as I did this, I saw Sugar Bee Crafts chair redo and now I have to go get some spray paint for the black parts you can still see.

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  1. Catrin says

    Super Cute.
    Thanks for sharing this.
    Found you through the My Girlish Whims Linkparty
    Greetings from Germany

  2. hensrule says

    Love the chair but especially liked seeing the old Singer Bullet in the background. I’ve always used these, I have the 401 now and love it too. These are the best machines ever made!

  3. Sunny Vanilla says

    What a great way to make over an office chair! I like how you used the eyelet fabric…very shabby chic :-)

    P.S. I’m with hensrule…I love that beautiful sewing machine in the background too.

  4. Katie says

    This is great! My husband has a very similar chair in our basement that I plan on recovering!

    @Creatively Living

  5. Crafty Mischief says

    I love this! My office chair rolls back and forth between my computer desk and my sewing table. I’m thinking a makeover like this would be perfect! :)

  6. Lorraine Castellon-Rowe says

    Love your new chair Melissa!! I saw your post this morning and decided to cover my office chair. It’s not as nice as your chair but considering my sewing machine quit working while I was making the cover for the back, it’s not that bad. LOL!! Thank you for your fabulous blog!! I love all of your wonderful projects!!

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