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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Re: Old Leather Chair - Help needed pls on: September 21, 2009 02:00:30 PM
Hi. Thanks for the advice.

Olive oil sounds iffy. Try saddle soap instead -- anything actually made for leather.
Yes doesn't it?  but I heard abt it on Design on a Dime. Wanted to see if anyone had tried.

first a good spray glue done right will help the fabric adhere then do some running stitches on top by hand to further tack the fabric down or make a slip cover that is draw string for the bottom and some kind of cover for the top to match.

I have decided to clean up the original leather with the soap and then cover it in some bright print fabric cover without removing the leather. Thank you guys.  Smiley
2  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Old Leather Chair - Help needed pls on: September 20, 2009 09:36:50 PM
Hi I answered an ad for a free office chair and got this from Craigslist. My intention was to paint the chair and remove the upholstery and reupholster like any old chair.

 But the chair was not at all what i expected it to be. Its small, very very heavy, extremely comfortable as is and has real original leather that has started cracking at the corners and a piece is torn also from the corner.

The chair is made by Domore Chair Company, Elkhart, IN (There is an iron label nailed to the back of the chair) and after a little online research i found it to was made in 1929  Shocked .

A similar pristine condition chair is listed in Ebay for 475$ currently.

So what should i do with it? Should I remove the leather and re upholster it or is there a way to save old leather?. Where it is not broken the leather is very very smooth. Does rubbing olive oil help? Could I stick back the broken leather piece with Superglue maybe  Huh Most of the leather kits online says they are not very suitable for older leather.

The frame is very very sturdy and very smooth no rusting or any pealing paint and it is kind of a dark brown color.

Any help is appreciated. thanks  Smiley
3  COOKING / Dessert / Re: Worlds Most Dangerous Chocolate Cake on: May 29, 2009 09:08:03 PM
I just made it after reading this post 5 min ago. used whole wheat flour (chappathi flour), splenda and 2 tsp oil with pinch baking powder and instead of choc. chips used 1 tsp crushed m&m's. Its not as soft as normal cakes but its real yummy..  Tongue Thanx 4 the recipe
4  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Recliner upholstery with shower curtain on: August 28, 2008 07:12:23 PM
   When I saw this recliner outside I didnt think much abt it. Then I saw this post https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=265245.0 by minouette   Shocked & fell in love with that chair. So after 1 week when I saw that the chair was still outside, thot I'll give it a try without spending any money  Grin . of course doesnt look nearly as goood   Undecided as some of the other postings here..

The chair is very heavy with real wood and iron like metal down below. found a label inside saying made in April 1990 at Lazarus. the bones were in real good condition. the handle for the recliner was broken so u have to pull out the foot rest manually with ur hands.

tossed out the old fabric and the filling material (batting??) and covered it using an old comforter & then an old cotton king sized fitted sheet, 1 pillow case for the seating & 300 staples. didnt have enuf fabric to cover the footrest thingy..

Then covered it using 1 fabric shower curtain (70x72 inches) with some thick fabric like upholstery fabric, that i found at Big Lots. I cud find only 1 searched 5 other Big Lots stores here but no luck ..  Sad.. since the fabric was limited I used some brown faux leather/vinyl fabric that i had for inside arms & footrest.

Its very comfy big enuf to sleep in.

Hope u like it. Smiley
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Brown and orange she-tang on: May 14, 2008 07:08:50 PM
i like it. Smiley the embroidery is really neat & the orange band on the bust looks cool. good job.
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Cappuccino Skirt on: May 03, 2008 10:06:54 PM
Hi I made this skirt from 4 fat squares from Joann. They were on sale 2 for 1$ & i loved the print. The color is a light capppuccino with black & brown writing. Inspired by the Kasia Skirt at Burda style (i didnt have enuf fabric to make it) I made this without any pattern, used 2 fat sq. on the frnt & back and 1 small piece each at the side. Added some ruffles for length. It has a zipper at the back. The black is some scrap fabric i had & it is just a piece added to the side & not a pocket.

close up of fabric

The band is also the same fabric & not black. i'm wearing it with a black t shirt.
thx 4 looking Smiley & lemme know what do u think.
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: tshirt dress on: April 30, 2008 10:37:25 AM
ty  Smiley this is the 1st thing that i reconed that doesnt look like an obvious recon & its super comfy too..
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Simple dress from t-shirts on: April 30, 2008 10:34:05 AM
ooooh.. i love this.  Smiley i'm gng to make one now.  Tongue
9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / tshirt dress on: April 28, 2008 12:06:05 PM
dress made from my husbands 2 old XL tshirt. sleeves & skirt from 1 & the rest from the other. skirt has a small pleat in the front center.

thx 4 looking. Smiley
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Simple Summer Dress on: April 25, 2008 02:35:00 PM
thank u all.  Smiley i loved the print when i saw it at the store. it was less than 4$ per yard and took only 2 yards to make the dress. so pretty cheap.  Cool.
That is so cute! Did you use a pattern?  Love the print.
thx  Smiley no i didn't. i wanted something simple with sleeves. skirt is just 2 pieces and top i cut like something i have. i've never used a pattern. this is only my 2nd dress. 1st time with piping. next one i'm planning to make using a pattern.

I too have a fear of zippers. They are far to complicated! Beautiful dress. I plan on making one once I get the hang of zippers.
thx.  Smiley i found the zipper tut very helpful. it was very simple.
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