How to Reupholster a Wingback Chair: Part 2 (Picture Tutorial)

March 30, 2010 | | 18 comments

In case you missed it, you can read How to Reupholster a Wingback Chair: Part 1 here.
You can see the before & after pictures of my own chair transformation here.

Now that we have your chair in a zillion pieces - wanna get it put back together?  Putting it back together is really very simple: use the fabric pieces you pulled off the chair as patterns to cut new pieces, and put them back on in reverse order of the way you took them off.  That's it.  See you tomorrow!

Just kidding.  It really is that simple, but I have taken some pictures to show you how to put it back together.  Let's just say I was a little lax in taking pictures, but I think there is enough for you to get the jist.

I hope, hope, hope that when and if you attempt this yourself, you'll be really good about marking the pieces as they come off:
  1. Number them so you know what order they were removed in.  This makes it easy to put them all back on in reverse order.
  2. Also mark which end was up.  This helps you to know which way to position the piece on the new fabric so you can cut your new pieces and have the pattern all facing the right way.  You don't want any upside down flowers, etc.
If you do the above two things well, putting it back together is a cinch!

So to start, you need a space to spread out your new fabric so you can lay the old pieces on top.  In both of the chairs I've done (the black damask, and this earthy floral) I did not worry about matching up the pattern and making it perfect.  This is a DIY reupholstery job, not a Coach hand bag!  One thing before I forget... we ordered 5 yards of fabric.  We had about a half a yard leftover, but we did have to re-cut one of the pieces, so we would have had a bit more.  It's better to have more than you need than less!

Cut out the pieces making sure to not to skimp or cut the pieces any smaller!  Sometimes the old pieces of fabric that you are using as your patterns want to curl under because of the creases they have... but you need to make sure you flatten them and cut out around them.  It would really stink to get your piece on and realize that it won't cover all it needs to (that happened to us on this one)!

Some of your pieces, like this front piece and the wings required some sewing.  But all you need to do is take them apart using a seam ripper, use the pieces as patterns, and sew the new pieces back together exactly the same.

This front strip was the first piece to go back on.  You can't see it in this photo, but there is extra fabric along the bottom that stretches down under the chair and is stapled to the bottom of the frame.  We also stapled it like where you see the flowery fabric meet the white fabric.

There is a wood bar in there that we stapled it to.  This part could have been prettier, but in order to wrap the fabric around the frame (as you are supposed to), we literally would have had to tear the chair apart... again, this is DIY not designer, and the chair cushion goes here so.... that's what we did.

Next were the arm pieces.  Because when I took them off I marked which one was the left arm and right arm, they were super simple to put back on (hint, hint)!

See the photo for helpful hints :).

This is the side of the chair, showing where the arm rest piece was stapled.

Next to go on where the wings.  You will need to also need to create some matching piping for various places.  This chair required it on the wings and the seat cushion.  There is an uh-maze-ing method for creating a long bias tape and sewing piping shown here about half way down.  I will never create piping any other way again!!!!!  It was a little tricky the first time but once you "get it" it's really easy.

The wings just slipped on over the wood form, and were stapled at the back of the chair frame.

Next was the back rest.  Like the part you rest your back on (hence the name "backrest"), not to be confused with the back of the chair.  I'll let the pictures do the talking.  They are worth 1,000 words after all, and I feel I may have already typed 1,000 today.

Now attaching to the frame on the back side:

    Here is where I seriously blew it with the pictures... I should have taken a picture of this process.  We put the arm rest pieces back on way back when, but we have to put the outer side panels back on.

    Remember the scary metal teeth we took off in Part 1?  We need to replace them along the front of this piece.  You also need to use a cardboard strip along the top for support, otherwise your fabric is going to not have a hard, straight line across the top and it will look like crap.  Just sayin'.  I'm bummed I didn't take pictures of that, but if you took the chair apart, you should know how it goes back together right? In theory...

    Finally... FINALLY! The back piece (not to be confused with back rest, discussed earlier in this post).

    This chair had a fancy little curve to the top of it.  So I did what any serious DIYer would do... I busted out my glue gun.

    I used my glue gun to stretch and attach the fabric on this wood piece.  I cut little slits along the fabric to help it along the curves and avoid wrinkling and puckering.

    Then I held the piece up to the back of the chair, stapled the wood piece to the back of the chair frame so that the back piece was secure at the top.  Then (darn, didn't take pictures again!) I used more scary metal teeth along the sides of the back to secure them.  There was extra fabric at the bottom that I stapled to the bottom of the chair frame.

    We are done!  Woot, woot!

    I'm linking this to:
    Between Naps on the Porch - Metamorphosis Monday

    A Spring Banner

    March 29, 2010 | | 0 comments

    This weekend I decided to make this "Spring" banner because it looked like this outside.

    Can you even tell that's a butterfly bush outside the window? No. This photo is actually in focus, it only looks blurry because of the big, fat, wet drops running down the window pane.

    I'm sorry for all of you friends that don't have a Cricut, because I let it do all the work for me on this little project.

    I used the "George" cartridge (the one that came with the machine), and I cut out a slotted oval for the back of each letter.  For each letter, I used the slotted letter option.  Lucky me, the slotted letter option and the slotted oval on this cartridge are the same size.  If you don't have a Cricut, I've totally lost you... just strike the previous two sentences from the record and move on.  They don't matter.

    I glued each lettered piece to a non-lettered oval.

    Wouldn't one these make a cute monogrammed gift tag?  I digress...

    And I used some leftover ribbon to string them up (plus a little hot glue to hold them in place exactly where I wanted them to stay on the ribbon). 

    Hot glue was my BFF this weekend... and you'll learn more why tomorrow when I give you Part 2 of How To Reupholster A Wingback Chair.  Woot!  I digress again...

    Make Finger Puppets for Your Favorite Peeps

    March 26, 2010 | | 4 comments

    You may have seen the adorable peeps bunting by Dana Made It, so I was inspired to come up with my own crafty take on the iconic Peep... and this is what I came up with!

    First, I drew a Peep freehand on a scrap piece of brown paper bag left over from yesterday's Easter Chickee Wreath wings.  If you don't feel like you can draw a peep, there is a great template on Dana's Peep Bunting post you could use (why reinvent the wheel if it's already done for me?!).

    I traced the shape on some yellow and pink felt and cut out two of each color.  Then on one of each color I actually hand-stitched the eyes and nose with brown thread that I had.  Dana used brown fabric paint, but I didn't have any and I had already been out to the craft store for the day!  Finally, I used a blanket stitch to sew the fronts and backs together.  I am a very task-oriented person, so at first I was feeling kind of antsy at having to stitch the fronts and backs together by hand, but it really didn't take all that long and I was surprised at how relaxing it was to use a needle and thread!

    Sometimes you just need to slow down and enjoy the simple things.  I surprised my son with these when he got up from his nap and it was so cute to see how excited he was by these simple little finger puppets... of course he just wanted to scrunch them up and walk around with them in a fist.... but that's ok by me.

    I'm linking this to:
    Creative Jewish Mom's Craft Schooling Sunday
    The Girl Creative's Just Something I Whipped Up
    Twice Remembered Make Your Monday
    Skip to My Lou Made By You Mondays
    Making the World Cuter
    Persimmon Perch's Made It Monday
    Sumo's Sweet Stuff Market Yourself Monday

    Easter Chickee Wreath

    March 25, 2010 | | 0 comments

    Cute or creepy?  I think he's pretty cute :).

    For my wedding I made several white feather wreaths to use to decorate the church.  One of them is currently hanging in my bathroom, and the rest of them were just sitting out in the garage in a plastic bin.

    To make the feather wreath, all I did was wrap a white feather boa around a wreath form.

    I found these brown paper wrapped floral wire stick things in the floral section at JoAnn Fabrics.

    I cut them each in half, and bent them into an "L" shape.

    I used a little bit of hot glue to hold three of them together to resemble ducky feet.

    When the glue hardened, I wrapped the "legs" with some brown floral wire.

    I poked two holes in the bottom of one of the wreaths, filled them with hot glue and stuck the legs up in there.

    Then I cut a triangle from some brown wool felt I had around and used fabric stiffener to create a beak.

    I used some hot glue to attach the beak to the wreath.

    Finally, I drew some wings on a brown paper bag.  I used the template to cut wings out of some fairly thick interfacing.  I ironed the interfacing onto my fabric and then  I cut out the wings and hot glued them onto the back of the wreath.

    You are done!

    Spring Floral "Liberty of London-esque" Scarf

    March 22, 2010 | | 8 comments

    If you spend any time at all in the blogosphere, you have no doubt heard that Liberty of London brand has a limited edition line at Target right now.  I'm not an accessories girl by nature - I wish I was, I just forget.  I manage to remember to put my watch on most days, but that's about it... but while shopping at Target the other day, I was drawn to the new Liberty of London scarves, especially this one.  Scarves are a big deal (and have been for a while).  I'm just now jumping on the bandwagon - just in time for it to pass on by, I'm sure!  I whipped up the springy scarf this weekend in under 30 minutes!!

    You will need:
    • 2 yards fabric (you need the length, but I got three scarves from mine).  My fabric is a printed, Swiss-dot cotton, but JoAnn Fabrics had lots of fun printed linens and linen look-a-likes. It was tough to decide!
    • Coordinating thread
    • A fun trim like tassles, beaded, lace, or pom-pom fringe
    To start, I cut a strip of fabric (the entire length of the 2 yards) that was 16" wide.  Next, with the wrong side of the fabric facing up, I folded down a 1/2" of fabric on each end and pressed.

    Then I folded the fabric in half lengthwise, with right sides together.  (Shown below is one of the ends)

    ...And stitched along the raw edges using a 1/2" seam.

     I turned the tube right side out.  Then I stitched my trim to the ends.  Because back in step two I had folded a 1/2" piece down, I had a nice finished edge to work with.  You could stitch the ends closed and then do the trim, but I just did them both at once.  I stitched the trim to both sides of the ends so that regardless of the way the scarf hung, you would see the pretty trim.

    My cotton Swiss-dot fabric is kind of wrinkly, and I like that look, so I didn't bother to press it throughout the process.

    Here are links to more springy scarves for inspiration!

    Ann Taylor Shadow Floral Scarf

    Old Navy Floral Print Jersey Scarf

    Anthropologie Beaded Pachysandra Scarf

    Gap Lightweight Tie Dyed Scarf - This one makes me almost like tie dye.  I said almost.

    Looking at some of those price tags, I'm thankful that I'm crafty!  Now I just need to figure out how to wear this thing! Anyone?

    I'm linking this to:
    The Girl Creative - Just Something I Whipped Up
    Skip to My Lou - Made By You Monday
    Making the World Cuter Monday
    Sumo's Sweet Stuff - Market Yourself Monday
    Someday Crafts - Whatever Goes Wednesday
    Tatertots & Jello - Weekend Wrap Up
    A Lemon Squeezy Home

    Spring Vase Filler

    March 19, 2010 | | 21 comments

    Ah, vase filler.  I think people are addicted to all the little fake plasticky things you can get to put in all sorts of containers that you have sitting around.  I like it too... but for some reason I just can't get myself to spend $10 or more on a bag of stuff that just sits in a pretty jar.  I love decorating my home, don't get me wrong, but I'd rather spend money on something that has more of a purpose, like a vase or a beautiful book.  That said, I still need to find ways to fill my containers that don't break the bank.

    This project cost me a whole dollar... I bought an 18 pack of plastic eggs at the dollar store.  You could argue that it cost me $2 because I used some Spanish moss to fill it out a bit more, but the Spanish moss was actually left over from my Scrappy Love Birds in Nest project earlier this week.

    All I did for this was rip up a bunch of strips of newspaper.  I soaked a strip in some water for a minute, then I wrapped the strip around the egg.  The edges were kind of a pain to keep down, so after I finished wrapping, I squeezed the egg between my palms for a minute to get the newspaper to lay flat against the egg.  Then I went over it with a little diluted Elmer's glue and a foam brush.  I let them dry on a piece of wax paper.  Voila!

    Don't forget to check out the rest of my dollar store projects from this week!   I made everything using $5 or less of materials from the Dollar Tree (plus leftover fabric, paper, paint and glue)!!
    1. Scrappy Love Birds in Nest
    2. Blooming Tree Centerpiece
    3. 3D Flower Art
    I know I originally promised five projects, and I only delivered four - shoot!  I just didn't have anything that really rocked my world yesterday, and I hate to post just for the sake of it.  I'm all for quality over quantity!

    Have a fantastic weekend!  See you Monday!

      I'm linking this to:
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      The Persimmon Perch
      Cottage Instincts
      A Soft Place to Land - DIY Day
      Today's Creative Blog - Get Your Craft On
      Blue Cricket Design - Show & Tell
      Life As Lori - Easter Linky
      30 Days Easter Linky
      Life As Lori - Get Your Craft On Thursday
      Fireflies & Jellybeans
      The Shabby Chic Cottage
      Beyond the Picket Fence
      The Inspired Room

      3D Peony Wall Art

      March 17, 2010 | | 7 comments

      This project cost me only $2! $1 for the wooden frame, and $1 for the coffee filters. The paper was in my stash. I seem to collect cute paper and never use it. I used leftover spray paint from a project I've been working on for my front porch. I also used a glue gun and some scissors.

      The super simple steps are:

      Spray paint your frame and trim your scrapbook or wrapping paper to fit inside the frame.
      Cut six evenly(ish) spaced slits in the ruffly edge of six coffee filters as shown.

      Round the corners to make each section look like a petal.  You can see the right petal (below) has been rounded.  I did not spend a lot of time on this, just quickly trim off the hard corner.  Do this to all six coffee filters.

      Stack three of the coffee filters on top of each other and stagger the petals. Using hot glue to glue them together.

      Take the remaining three coffee filters and kind of scrunch them up like so.

      Glue them in the center of the flower you've been building.

      Trim the ruffle off of one new coffee filter (as in, not one of the 6 you already used).

      Fringe it.

      Bunch it.

      Glue it in the center of your flower.

      I'm finicky when it comes to art... which is probably why I really don't have any in my home. I have a few religious pieces that are meaningful to me, and I have a great abstract piece painted by my dear friend Hilary (click for Etsy store)... but other than that, my walls are pretty darn bare. I don't even really have any family photos up, but that's just laziness!

      One thing I really love though is art with some dimension. However, I'll probably get tired of it really fast, so it's great that it only cost two bucks!

      How are we doing? Are we enjoying $5 Spring Decor week?!!

      I'm also linking this to:
      Creative Jewish Mom Craft Schooling Sunday
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