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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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Comments

  1. 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!

  2. 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.

  3. 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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