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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.


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.


And ready for some sweet sittin’.

Ashley Johnston
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Ashley Johnston

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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 my 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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  1. Sanjukta says:

    This is just awesome! Am inspired :)

  2. Caitlin says:

    Hi – what kind of batting did you use? Thanks for the details!

  3. Jubilant Mamma says:

    Thank you for the DIY. I found 2 little gems at a garage sale and decided to try and cover them and then came across your site.
    I’m just curious as to how much fabric you needed? I don’t have the type of fabric I would like to recover them and have had terrible trouble in the past, buying too much or too little.
    My goal is to DIY almost everything for our new home that we will be building next year and I appreciate your blog!

    Thank you!
    Jubilant Mamma

  4. Jeronimama says:

    Ashley I saw this post when you first did it. I loved it then. It has taken me a few years to get a saucer chair.
    So today – I too purchased a chair for $1.00.
    However – my daughter is now too big for it – she is 8.
    Luckily, I teach Kindergarten so – it will be in my classroom.
    Or My son will be able to use it – but I will have to spray paint it black – it’s purple right now.
    So now do I keep it at home or prep it for school….hmmmmm

  5. Sharon says:

    YEAH!!! i was about to throw out my son's chair too. It is SO busting at the seams. but now I can "fix" it. yipee!!

    i should always check here first!

  6. jensavon says:

    Perfect! I have this exact chair, and I was about to throw it out – now I know how to fix it and give it to my younger daughter! Thank you!

  7. Grazel & Grayson says:

    I just found one of these (adult size in the trash outside my apartment (loads of students throwing treasures out) I desperately needed a seat in my sons room but it was purple and the casing was starting to come loose. But then I remembered your post and now I am going to make one to match the room! Sooo Fun thank you!

  8. Carissa says:

    Ah! I'm so glad you did this! We just "inherited" one of these and I have been dying to recover it! It has been sitting on my project to do list for quite a while because I wasn't sure I could take on creating the whole pattern and everything. (I still consider myself a pretty inexperienced sewer) You are a lifesaver! Maybe now I'll get it done in time fore Christmas! Thank you! Thank you!

  9. Rose says:

    I seriously…I mean…duh…wow. You are so amazing!! I would never have even attempted that!! Great job, thanks for sharing the tutorial (and how cute is your daughter in all her lounginess?!?!)

  10. Katelyn says:

    This was worth the $1! Wow, you are so creative.

  11. Ashley says:

    Carol….I originally planned on doing velcro to just make it easier to sew (though making it removable to be washed sounds great too!!). However, I changed my mind because I was worried about it not being tough enough to hold kids after a while. You know how velcro get's dirty and weak after a while. But maybe it would be just fine if you're not removing it all of the time. If you try it, let me know how it goes! :)


  12. Lindsey says:

    That is the cutest thing ever! I'm going to definitely add this to my upcoming Creative Mamas Monday post. :-)

    So talented!

  13. Carol B says:

    would velcro be strong enough to keep the straps on? that would make the cover removable (for washing)

  14. Shanade says:

    Your blog is super fabulous! You have great talent. I have a little blog award waiting for you over at my blog. I hope you don't mind.

  15. Ariana says:

    I love your blog! We have a chair like this and it is in bad condition. Ours is Hannah Montana, but she is not our favorite anymore. So we could do it in a fun print. Thank you.

  16. Tim, Allyson, Emahry, and Jonathan says:

    This is beautiful! Great job repurposing the chair.

    I thought you might be interested in the I Spy Quilt Kit GIVEAWAY on our blog.


  17. K_dubzzz says:

    WONDERFUL! I've bought 4 of these chairs and then gave up, the kids always rip them. I feel a duh moment. Hope this helps others!!

  18. laura jones says:

    ashley, you deserve an award for your ability to see something and say
    "i can fix that" or "i can make that" seriously. AMAZING! how wonderful for your kids to have a mom who can make anything.

  19. Jeanna GT says:

    AAH! We have one of these that the seat has ripped clear through! Thanks for the amazing tutorial!!! WAY ADORABLE!

  20. Sabrina @ Twiggles and Trunks says:

    holla! that is awesome, GO YOU!

  21. Amy Juhasz says:

    This is AWESOME! I have been wanting to get a chair like this for my daughter but they are always ugly (when used) and everything new is stuff like HSM and Disney. I'm on the hunt now for a used chair I can recover!

  22. Emily says:

    you are so clever. that is about the cutest thing. why are kids so cute in little chairs that are their size?

  23. Danielle says:

    Very cute…you did a great job.

  24. Amy Miller says:

    I love this! I have wanted one for my daughter, but it's purely a want, not a need (we're in your same grad school boat) – now I'll be able to make my want a have! Thanks for your awesome site! Keep the re-purposing projects coming – they're my favorite.

  25. Tricia says:

    Thanks! My children ripped the bottom of their chair standing in it. I almost sent it to goodwill this week. I'm glad I forgot about it.

    Maybe I will embroider her name on the back of it and make her a reading nook.

  26. TheFancyFritter says:

    I don't think there is anything you can't do! Amazing & so adorable!!

  27. Jennifer says:

    Great idea! My daughter has one of these in Tinkerbell print. The fabric isn't very sturdy so after six months of use it's looking a little rough. I was thinking about recovering it, but wasn't brave enough to cut up the old one. Now that I see how you did it I may go for it. Once I have the cover off I might just spray paint the frame a new color too.

  28. Wendy says:

    We had one of those! Its long gone now, but that is really cute :)

  29. MadebyMeedy says:

    So cute! I always pass those up at DI because it isn't in the best shape. I am going to grab a couple next time I see them! Thanks for the tutorial!

  30. Susie says:

    I too have that exact same chair. Maybe now I'll be able to stand to look at it.

  31. Pugmire family says:

    You inspire me! I have a goal to recover my loveseat and every time I see your blog I think "I can do it" Thanks for sharing!!!:)

  32. Curtis and Dani Welton says:

    I just thought of this, but can you recover a carseat? I have an old one that my sister in law gave to me, and I was about to toss it.

    Have you recovered one, or know of someone who has?

  33. Stacy says:

    i swear, i have this same exact chair was just about to throw it out!!!!!….Ha… i feel obligated to make a new seat! thanks girl!!

  34. valerie says:

    What a cleaver idea… never thought of that!
    I LOVE to read your blog every morning…

  35. Adam and Sarah says:

    Wow! Now I wish I would've bought the chair that was just like this at the DI on Wednesday! Ah, hindsight…

  36. greetingarts says:

    You are so clever, and fearless, and have such an eye! That's fantastic, your little one is so lucky to have a mommy like you.

  37. Scrappy Gifts says:

    dang that is so cute!

  38. Christy Wheeler says:

    Wow! That looks amazing! I can't wait to get my sewing machine so I can try all these amazing ideas.

  39. Katy Frame (Kate Creates) says:

    HELLO! Are you a mind reader?? My 2 year old has this same chair and it is ripped.. I was just going to toss it, but not anymore! :)

  40. Autum says:

    Oh, you SO rock!! I have a thrift store saucer chair for my granddaughter just waiting to be recovered. I was going to make some sort of slipcover type thing, because I couldn't get the old cover off. This is so much better! Thanks so much!

  41. Matt & Staci says:

    You are amazing! Thank for the great idea. I have only BOY stuff right now and always worry if I get a boy, what I will do with all my boy stuff…but hopefully I can use some of it & just recover it!

  42. Brooke says:

    I'm going to have to try this with the pink bouncy chair we were given for my son.

  43. Monte and Brittany says:

    pure talent!

  44. BECKY says:

    GREAT job!

  45. brandy says:

    AMAZING AMAZING AMAZING! I love this! I will have to keep that in mind for my daughter. She would love a little chair like that, but I can't stand the disney princesses quite yet because she is only a year old!

  46. Matt, Katie & Jayden says:

    I love your blog. I can't wait to start trying some of your ideas. This is so cute. Love love love.

  47. Elle's Mom says:

    You are amazing! I would have never thought to do this. Simply fabulous!!!

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