We have one ugly desk chair. It’s been with us for more than three years, but I had always disliked it. I didn’t like it when my husband bought it home. Though it is comfortable, and I feels so relax whenever I sit on it, this black chair was never my favorite.
When I planned to get rid of it before we moving to the new place, I couldn’t bring myself to do so. I hate throwing things, especially things that still in good condition. But this chair had been through a lot, it was covered in dust, food, chewing gums, and dirt. It became so dirty and ugly that I can’t stand looking at it anymore. So for it to fit in our new beautiful home, it need a make over.
First of all, I should tell you that I’m suck at sewing. But this is super easy. So if I can do it, you can do it, too.
So all you need are…
An old desk chair
A beautiful fabric
A few dozen ball head pins
Needle and thread for stitching
A measuring tape
What you need to do…
I don’t know the correct toileting terms, but I will try to explain how I did it.
1. Clean and Disinfect the old chair
Wipe the chair with wet cloth. Spray it with disinfecting/germ killing spray. Allow to dry.
2. Measuring and Cutting the Fabric
Measure the fabric according to the size of your chair. Leave about an inch on all sides for stitching.
3. Pin it
Put the fabric on the chair. Remember to put the fabric outside in because this will hide the stitching when you turn it other way. Adjust it neatly and use the ball head pins to determine the shape of the chair. Pin it along the curve of the chair. This will be where you are going to stitch. The seat could be trickier than the back. Just make sure that you hold the fabric together neatly with the pin.
4. First Stitch
Use a bright color thread to stitch roughly along your pinning line. It doesn’t have to be neat or firm, but it should be good enough to hold the fabric together.
5. Second Stitch
Remove the pins and remove the covers (both the seat and the backrest) from the chair. Stitch along the first stitching lines. You can use the sewing machine, but I did it all by hands. I spent about one hour to stitch everything.
I also add the elastic bands on the corners of the seat so it stays tighter. You don’t have to do this if your stitching is good. When you finish your stitching, you can remove the first stitching lines.
5. Turn It Out
When you turn the inside out, your stitching will be hiding inside. Now, you can put the cover on the chair and admire you hard work.
6. Add Minor Details
If you like, you can add the buttons on the cover so it will look more finish at the end.
And look at my new chair now
The Project Cost
Time: About 3-4 hours
Rs. 450 ($9) on the fabric
I have everything else at home, but the sewing kit won’t cost much.
I can’t wait to show you our next project which we turn a big, old TV unit, into a funky, modern TV stand.