Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Thrift Store Chair to Chevron Desk Chair Makeover

We recently remade my daughters room. It was out with the princesses and in with a fun and trendy look for my tween. As part of the room, redo we added a new desk for her to work on projects and homework. We though it would be fun to remake a thrift store chair for her desk and are pleased with this fun one-of-a kind desk chair that we created together.

DIY Chevron Chair Makeover

Here's how we did it! I'm going to be honest, some sewing experience will be helpful for this project. I got the idea to remake a chair several years ago when watching a home decorating show on TV where they were making a slip cover for an old chair or couch. The basic concept is to turn your fabric pieces inside out and pin them while on the chair for a fitted look.

Here are the steps to remake a chair:

First you may need to restructure the shape of the chair a bit. Take apart the seat, removing the old dirty fabric and padding. Then add some cushioning of your own. I bought a simple queen size quilt batting from my local craft store (with my 40% off coupon of course!) and went to work.

Cut a square shape and staple the batting to the chair seat with a staple gun. Be careful with this part if your children are helping! Leave one side open and add a bit more pillow stuffing to make the seat more cushy.
Next staple off the forth side and trim off all of the excess batting. Now you have a clean and soft seat for your chair!
Now you can reshape the chair back a bit. Using the same queen size quilt batting, we wrapped and stapled providing extra padding and shape for the chair. This part doesn't have to be pretty. Your lovely slip cover will hide your work!

Reattach your seat and the chair is ready for it's new look!
Now for the slip cover. My daughter picked a fun chevron print for her chair. For our chair, we bought five yards of fabric and had some left over.

Cut two pieces of fabric, one for the seat and one for the back. You may need two pieces of fabric for the back if your pattern doesn't look the same upside down.

With your fabric inside out, pin your fabric in two places. Where the seat meets the back and where the fabric meets on each side of the seat back.

Here is a close up of the pinning around the seat back. Now you can remove the fabric from the chair and sew three seams. One connecting the seat bottom to the back and two seams down the sides of the seat back. Sew right along the pins.

Now that your seams are sewn. Put your slip cover back on your chair right side out.

It is now time to construct the skirt! Cut three pieces of fabric. One front panel and two side panels. Measure your chair carefully allowing enough fabric for all of the seams. Don't forget to match up your pattern at the seams if it needs matching. Also allow enough fabric to attach your skirt to the seat and back and for a hem at the bottom.

Sew two seams to connect your front skirt panel to each of the side panels.

Here is a picture of the skirt panels sew together.

 The next step is to attach the skirt.

With your slip cover (seat and back) on your chair right side out, pin your skirt (also right side out) to the seat on the front and sides. You will attach the skirt to the back panel in the next step. Tuck the fabric on the corners for a tailored look.
Here is what the chair should look like with everything pinned.

Now you will carefully remove your slip cover and sew the skirt to the seat on the front and sides. You will be sewing on top of the skirt with the right side out.

This is how your seam will look when it has been sewn.

Now that your skirt is attached, put your slip cover back on your chair, this time inside out.

To finish the skirt, pin the skirt panels to the back panel of the chair on both sides.

Remove the slip cover and sew up these two seams right along the pins. This seam should match up to close the corners where they meet the back of the chair.

When you have finished these seams, try your slip cover right side out on your chair to make sure you are happy with the fit. If everything looks good, trim off excess fabric at the seams.

Put your slip cover back on the chair right side out.

The final step is to pin the hem on the skirt. Pin all of the way around on all four sides of the chair.

Remove the slip cover and sew your hem.

Chevron Desk Chair Makeover
Now it's time for the fun part!

Put your slip cover on your chair and enjoy!

My daughter and I are pretty happy with the results. What do you think?

Thanks for stopping by to see our chevron chair project!

If you love chevron, please stop by to check out our adorable chevron bedding collections!

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