Jamie calls this the cutest ugly chair ever. While we were thrifting during their visit at Christmas, jamie found this vintage rocking chair. I secretly called her dad and asked him to go pick it up while we ran some other errands. We surprised her with it and I promised to recover it for her as a birthday present.
While jamie and andy were here for Mother’s day we discussed the possible fabrics.
We agreed on the one in the middle. Long story short, I thought it might be too thick, I ordered a yard of another fabric and it was totally wrong. So I rushed to order a yard of the Allante Seafoam Blue Marine Vinyl from onlinefabricstore.net. Because of the extra time (shipping) I didn’t get this project completed in time for Jamie’s birthday. If you follow me on Facebook, this is the project I was referring to.
So, anyhow the fabric arrived on a Thursday, and we were meeting to celebrate her birthday on Saturday. I worked on this most of Friday afternoon, and evening till about 10:30 PM.
I removed the seat and the back from the chair frame.
I then started removing all of the old staples.
I used the old pieces to trace the new pieces.
It sort of is a funny (silly) chair.
I typically use my hem guide to line up my vinyl. It felt weird to actually use it while I sewed. I used it to measure the fabric for the piping, and for the “rim” around the seat.
I had already made the piping, so in this picture you can see that I am sewing the rim, the piping and the seat together.
Peeking to make sure it’s all sewing close enough to the piping.
Looks pretty good, eh? Sorry for the poor picture quality. Remember it was late (dark).
I got the seat done, and stapled back on.
I got the back stapled on.
Then I hit my “snag”. The back was stapled on, and the back of the back was sewn on. It’s hard to describe and it’s even harder to sew. (the covering over the back of the back is pinned on)
My question to you is how do I do this? Surely someone has done this and can give me a few tips. I was thinking I need a curved needle?
It’s very difficult to do with a darning needle. Have YOU ever done something like this? Can you give me the secret to getting it done, and having it look right? I’m counting on some help from my friends.
I will be traveling through Nashville on my way to HAVEN in Atlanta in a couple of weeks. I must get this chair finished.
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