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« on: March 24, 2007 07:30:01 AM »



I wish I had a better before pic of this chair!
Here's an idea of the material that was on it before:



Tools:
screwdriver, to remove cushions from frame

Needle nose pliers to remove old upholstry staples.

Sharp scissors, straight edge & ruler to mark & cut pattern

1/4" staples and staple gun

Sewing machine with vinyl sewing foot

I removed the back cushion & the bottom cushion, carefully so I could use the old pieces as patterns for the new vinyl.



I took the bent tube metal frame down to the basement and gave it a fresh coat of glossy black spray paint.

I also took the cushion frames down and painted them with white Kilz primer because this chair had been used outside and the frames seemed stained.

I laid out the old pcs on the new vinyl, and gave myself an extra 1/2" on all sides to allow for mistakes. I used a straight edge to mark the cutting lines on the wrong side of the vinyl.



I wanted to put black piping on the edges of the back cushion, so I took 1.5'' long strips of black vinyl and folded it in half. It was thick material, so I didn't put a piping cord in. I did a quick stitch to keep it folded while I sewed it to the other panels.

Since you can't use pins to hold the pcs together when you sew vinyl, I used paper clamps.




Checking to see the piping is even as I sewed it to the panels.



I wrapped the back cushion in quilting batting to make it softer.
This was a trial and error process. I'd test out the new cover to see if it fit over the new batting, and add or remove material to try to make the new cover as smooth as possible. When it was just about right, I slipped the new cover over the back base like a pillow case, pulled it as tight as I dared, and stapled it to the frame bottom, where the seam wouldn't be seen when the chair was put together.

For the seat cushion, I just wrapped new black vinyl over the base and stapled it to the underside, making sure the staples didn't show.

I wrapped the arm rest cushions in the same manner.

Finished chair:







I'm not a newbie sewer, but I'd never really worked with vinyl before. I wish I'd been able to get the back a bit more snug, but I think I can readjust it.

Gingerquilts gave me advice on the right foot & needle for my machine. (thanks Ginga!!!)



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« Reply #1 on: March 28, 2007 09:01:32 AM »

Stiffy, that chair is fabulous!!   Between reupholstering and that wall of purses I have heard about, your house sounds like a Craftster's paradise!   Grin

I don't suppose you work on couches... on the East Coast...  Roll Eyes
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« Reply #2 on: March 28, 2007 09:50:54 AM »

LOL! It is filled with Craftster goodies and projects. Cheesy
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« Reply #3 on: April 02, 2007 08:45:08 PM »

love the colours you used!!What a transformation and it sure suits those curtains! Beautiful!
Did you know that pink and black were coined as the first colours of rock and roll! I was told this by  good friend Amos Garrett whose a blues guitar player and singer. He was there when the era hit!
Your tutorial is great and I also use those kind of clips to hold it in place.
I work in a fifties -diner -antique -ice cream parlour sort of store where I have done a lot of old chrome chairs with the old cracked ice design. People are getting to know about us and bring thier chairs in for me to do.
 The best tip I can share is use a hair dryer on the vinyl. It gets your corners perfect and you really can stretch it and get a nice tight fit. I've done a few that were absolutely miserable and took ages. These are the ones with really scooped backs like wings but by the second and third one I had it down pretty good. The secret is using heat though it's hard on the hands. The heat gets really hot and fingers get really sore for a few days.
On a sidenote I couldn't help but notice your green crockery bowl and the tomato cream and sugar set--very cool!

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« Reply #4 on: April 02, 2007 09:52:24 PM »

That is a fabulous tip! Thanks so much!!
I've got a dinette set that's next on my list, I'm going to try the hairdryer tip. Cheesy

That's kind of a bad pic, those are pumpkins. Cheesy
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« Reply #5 on: April 02, 2007 10:06:19 PM »

maybe not bad pictures just might be abd eyes! Grin But I can certainly see you have a knack for finding old or vintage knick knacks!
 And they really go great with your vintage chair! Do love it though. You will find the corners and everything will come much esier with a little heat!
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« Reply #6 on: April 04, 2007 12:34:39 PM »

love the chair, thanks for the tutorial, thanks for the tip about the hair dryer, now about this wall of purses, is there a chance you would be able to post a picture of it?
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« Reply #7 on: April 04, 2007 12:38:16 PM »



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« Reply #8 on: April 04, 2007 12:41:56 PM »

MMmm. Purse eye candy! I mean art. Grin
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« Reply #9 on: April 04, 2007 12:43:47 PM »

There are more up now, that's the first pic I took as I was hanging them. Cheesy

It's in my dressing room, off the master bedroom.
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