How to Recover a Padded Chair for $3

Howdy folks! Today I’ve got a tutorial for you that will BLOW. YOUR. MIND.

I’ve had this chair in my sewing room/area for years now. Years. And everyday I look at it and hate how ugly it is. And hate how I can’t get the stains out without taking out a BILLION staples to take off the fabric in order to wash it.


And then it dawned on me. I could just COVER IT. Oh my gosh you guys. Why didn’t I think of this before?? Then I spent a lot of time wondering how I could be so daft.


Materials Needed
1/2 yard home dec fabric
staple gun (or nail gun fitted with short staples)

Either 44/45″ or 58/60″ width is fine for the fabric. I found this print at Hobby Lobby which means I used a 40% off coupon which means it cost me about $3. DUH. Again with the face palming. Why, oh why have I been sewing on this ugly chair for so long?

Turn over the chair.

Take out your drill and remove the screws. This one only has two.

The whole seat should come off now. At this point, you could take off the old fabric. I opted not to because of the aforementioned BILLIONS of staples.

Cut a piece of fabric about 2.5″ larger than the seat size.

Pull the fabric up over the back and begin to staple it.

Screw the seat back onto the chair.

Done! Awesome, adorable sewing chair. $3.

Little One-Yard Wonders Release Date

You might remember a couple of years ago (click here for the post) that two of my patterns were going to be included in the newest installment of the One-Yard Wonders books.

I can’t believe that much time has passed. Penny was so teeny tiny! Now she’s all kinds of attitude.

Handmade wardrobe

At any rate, the release date for Little One-Yard Wonders is June 3! That’s coming up very soon and I’m very excited it’s finally here. Here are some links to a promotional PDF they sent me:

Little One-Yard Wonders page 1

One-Yard Wonders page 2

My two projects are a swing dress for little girls (all the way up to size 12!)


and an innovative way to keep your kids warm in the car during those freezing winter months, or cool in those scorching summer ones. I don’t have a picture of this one, but you’ll see it very soon! They were planning on using it in the display at Quilt Market last week, but I haven’t seen any photos yet.

The swing dress has a cute fabric flower that I totally love:


You can click here to pre-order the book on Amazon, or you can wait and buy it in person on the release date in a bookstore near you.

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