My good friend is about to have her baby. We are waiting any day now and we are so excited for little Avery to come into this world. Avery is Asa’s sister. Mom wanted to get Avery’s room as ready as possible and I helped her a little bit.
Avery’s mom was describing the colors that she wanted in the room and I brought her this Amy Butler Lotus fabric remnant I had.
She loved it and wanted to use it in the room. So we pulled out my Benjamin Moore Paint colors and found a grey close to the one in the flower. We took it to Home Depot and matched it to their Behr paint. We didn’t have a lot of the fabric. So we had to be strategic how we used it. It wasn’t enough for curtains or crib bedding, but there was enough to make a statement somewhere. The question was where. Avery’s mom reminded me about the rocking chair they had. Since we placed a new chair in Asa’s room we moved the rocking chair into Avery’s room next door. Here is a reminder of what it looked like. (Sorry I didn’t have a better pic. They had a friend paint it so it was being painted by the time I got involved)
My friend painted the rocking chair base white. It was more of a creme color. My job was to recover the cushions. I didn’t have enough fabric so my friend bought a queen sheet set at target. In upcoming posts I will share all the things we did with this queen sheet set. Back to the point of this post. Here is how I recovered the chair:
- I took off the cushion and traced it onto the backside of the fabric. I simply laid the cushion (with its cover still on) on the fabric and made sure my pencil was touching the edge of the cushion as I traced it.
- I took a sewing tape measure and measure 1-inch from the traced line all the way around. I connected the measurement marks (grown up connect the dots really) and made a 1-inch border around my traced line. This would be the line I would sew on. (Note: When you trace the cover like I did above you are tracing the shape of the cushion. The 1 inch border will help you cover the thickness of the cushion.)
- I placed the back fabric right side up on the floor. I placed the traced fabric right side down on top of the back fabric. (Right sides should be facing each other). Pin the fabric together and cut about a ½ inch around the outside border.
- Sew your fabric around the outer line that you drew.
- Leave the bottom open so that you can turn it inside out and insert the cushion.
- Turn the sewn fabric inside out and iron if you need to.
- Measure on the back of the original cushion where the ties are sewn on. Cut off the ties on the original cushion. Take the above measurements and mark where the cushion ties should be sewn.
- I cut some grosgrain ribbon and hand sewed it onto the places where the ties should be.
- Insert the cushion into the new cover. Since my cushion was bigger on top than on bottom I folded it to get it through the bottom opening.
- Fold and pin the bottom seam together.
- There are many ways to do this. Since I was using invisible thread I sewed the bottom seam shut with the cushion in it.
- Repeat all the steps for the seat cushion. This time, fold some grosgrain ribbon in half. Insert the ribbon into the pinned fabric at the back corners where the ties are in between the fabric. Since the back is where I insert the cushion, I just rounded the corners as I was sewing a bit and kept the back open so I could turn it inside out and insert the cushion.
You could take the ottoman apart and cover the top. I just covered it and stapled it. You could even tack it if you wanted to. This took me 10 minutes.
The total process took me all of about 1.5 hours. Here is the dramatic transformation:
What a fun transformation and it was so fun to see it “pop” in the room. I think that a little of this fabric goes a long way in Avery’s room. It served its purpose in doing the following things:
- It determined the wall color.
- It became the foundation for the color palate.
Here is the color palate we chose for her room. The fabric comes from my fabric remnant, a queen sheet set, and two pillow cases.
I added a few tissue pom poms above the rocking chair to make it even more fun. You can buy them at hobby lobby for about $5, but your color choice is limited. I bought three packs of .99¢ tissue paper and made them myself. You get the colors you want that way. Martha Stewart gives a great “how to” or…they are all over the internet. I hung them by twisting a hook in the ceiling.
Stay tuned. The back of this rocker is from a queen sized sheet set. It comes with a sheet, fitted sheet and two pillow cases. My friend bought it at Target for $43.00. For $43 of fabric we were able to make a closet curtain, window curtain, crib bumper, pillows, and line the back of the rocking chair.
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