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Recovering Kid’s Saucer Chair

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I love a deal.

And $1 is a deal.

But this deal was filthy. And ripped.

Bummer.

Upon first glance while at the thrift store (the same day I bought the sweater for this), I nearly walked away. But then remembered that I had some sturdy fabric at home. Suddenly it was worth a $1.

From one man’s junk:

To another man’s treasure:

Just perfect for all sorts of lounging.

****Keep in mind, that you can recover so many things. Swings, chairs, high chairs, etc. So when you’re out looking at yard sales or in thrift shops (or in your storage shed), just look to see what kind of shape the base/frame is in. And then use the original cover as a pattern.

First, cut the seat off of the metal frame. (Cut carefully along the seam lines of the casing in the back. You’ll need the shape of that casing later on.)

Then, cut along the main seam of the saucer seat. And turn it into 2 main pieces, that you can now use as a pattern.

Then, cut out two layers of fabric (I used upholstery fabric) for each piece, including enough for a seam allowance.

Now, grab one of each of the pieces to make the back piece to the saucer chair.
And then find the center of the curve of both pieces and place a pin to mark it….

……and then place the two pieces together, with right sides together, and with the pins lined up.

And then line up the edges of both curves a little at a time, and pinned them together as you go. (Start at the center pin and work your way out to the edge. Then start back at the center and go out in the other direction.)

Then sew it into place.

Now, there’s casing on the back of the chair where the metal bar slides through. Cut it off carefully.

Use that to create new casing, making sure to add enough to be able to fold under the fabric on all sides. Cut 4 of them.

Fold under the side edges and sew into place. Repeat with the other 3.

Now, fold under the bottom edges and sew into place. Then arrange the casing on the front side of the fabric and pin the bottom edge into place.

(Once all are in place, place on the metal frame and see how it will fit. If you need to adjust the placement of these little casings, do so now.) Then sew the bottom edge (or pinned edge) into place.

Then cut out 3 layers of batting in the shape of the bottom section and the main section of the chair.

Tack it in place with several stitches.

Then fit the front piece into place and trim any excess.

Then, attach the start of some bias tape……

….and sew all the way around the saucer chair.

Then attach the chair to the metal frame.

And secure into place with pins.

Then, one at a time, sew along the outer edge of each casing…..going slowly as you work your way around the entire chair.

Done.

And ready for some sweet sittin’.

Ashley Johnston

Administrator at Make It & Love It
Ashley Johnston is a professional DIY costume maker, sewist, crafter, and owner of Make It & Love It. She is a mom of 5 and a wife to a very patient (with the craft clutter) husband. In case you’re wondering, she always chooses crafting/sewing/designing over mopping/dusting/wiping base boards……but bathrooms/laundry/full bellies are always attended to. Whew!

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