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« on: August 23, 2008 10:39:59 AM »

Hi everyone!

So my dad has this chair, this stupendous chair. He's had it FOREVER. It's just an arm chair, the solid wooden kind (I'm betting it's gonna be about 11-15 yards of fabric; it's pretty big.) Anyway, I'm pretty clear on the CONCEPT (staple gun, cardboard, take everything off so you can use it as a pattern, etc, etc), BUT. He has cats. He's had about 15 cats over the years, and they all have CLAWS. Not nice claws, in fact. I know at least one, if not both of the tops of the armrest are just... gone. (Between four kids and fifteen cats, the chair's taken a beating.)

SO., when I go home over... whenever I go home, I'll get pics, but what I want to know is, how much trouble is it going to be to try and freehand the armrests, since they won't have full 'pattern' pieces? Anyone have any ideas/tips for me? I've looked through the search and couldn't find anything... Hehe. Maybe I'm just blind?

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« Reply #1 on: August 29, 2008 02:39:19 AM »

I would make myself a pattern with the fabric of an old sheet.

Just put big pieces of sheet-fabric on the armrest and pin it to the former seams (hope one can still see them. If not- you have to imagine them). Then cut loosely out. Don not forget seam-allowance. Do this with all parts where you do miss the original pattern.

Did this once with a hose for my sofa and it work fine.
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