Showing posts with label chair cover. Show all posts
Showing posts with label chair cover. Show all posts

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Selvage Chair Cover - 6 months review

For some reason, my Selvage Chair cover has gone a bit viral on facebook - I've enjoyed seeing it pop up on my newsfeed and I see it is getting a lot of shares, so I thought this would be an appropriate time to let you all know how it is holding up and if it is working like I thought it would.  I am happy to report that it looks as good as ever and stays on my chair seat and back perfectly!

Oops, just noticed that my calendar still says September!  Guess I'd better get it up to date - time flies, doesn't it?  I'm really glad I used the cord locks because I can snug up the elastic when it gets a little looser.  I like being able to easily take the covers off.  I use this chair when I cut my husband's hair, so I like to take them off so they don't get all icky when I do that.  Then I just put them back on, easy as pie!

As you can see, there hasn't been any noticeable wear at all.  It still looks just as bright and fresh as when it was first made 6 months ago.  If you missed my how-to post you can see how I made this cover here.  Let me know if you make one of your own, I'd love to see it!  Anyone made anything fun out of selvages lately?  I think I'm ready for a new project, but haven't decided what yet.

Saturday, April 06, 2013

Sensational Selvage Slip Cover for Sewing Chair!

Yes, I do have to say it - the slipcover I made for my sewing chair really is sensational!

Thanks to my friend Candy I took a day and just did some sewing for me!  (Though I think she was encouraging me to work on my Dear Jane quilt - oh, well!)  I walked into my sewing room and said to myself  "What would I like to work on today?"  My eyes landed right on my sad looking, torn rolling chair and I knew it was time to make that slipcover for it.

I upended a container of selvages looking for enough long ones and pulled out a nice selection of strips.  Then I had to dig through my closet to find the heavy weight muslin I had left from another project.  Once I found that I measured the seat and cut out a square of fabric that was about 10 inches longer and wider than the top of the seat and started covering it with selvages.  When I was finished I decided that it would be easiest to complete if I lined it with another fabric.  I had some nice white denim in my tote bag bin, so decided to use that.  First I rounded the corners of the pieced selvage section.  Then I laid this right sides together with the denim and cut it out to match.  

I sewed them together with a 1/3 inch seam allowance, leaving a gap for turning.  I turned it right side out, then sewed a seam 1/2 inch from the edge to make a casing for the elastic.  For my elastic I used a nice round elastic that I had removed from the bottom hem of one of my husbands coats (he dislikes those and I get to cut it out and use it for my creations!!)  After feeding the elastic through the casing, I used one of the cordlocks from the coat to hold the ends so I can adjust it - double bonus!  I also stitched up most of the opening from turning it, just leaving a small area for the elastic to come out and go through the cordlock.  I added a scrap of fabric to fasten the ends of the elastic together so they can't accidentally get pulled back through the casing.  I should have rounded the front corners just a bit more, they are a little bulky, but it's not a big enough problem that I'm worried about it.

I did the top section the same way, but made a pattern to cut out the cover instead of just eyeballing it.  I traced around the top cushion, then added 4 inches all the way around.  After cutting out my top and backing I put it together the same way I put the bottom together, and it fits perfectly!  I'm really glad I took the extra care and time to make a pattern for this and make it look nice - especially because the back of the seat is visible.  I'm so pleased with this project!

Hope your Saturday was good and you took a little time to do something to please yourself!