Happy Friday everyone!
Whoa, this is going to be a super hot weekend around here. Well, I'm not complaining, I'm going to be home and probably it's not going to affect my work much, but for all of you out there, stay cool!
I've been at the neighborhood flea market in an on/off kinda way this season. I missed the one held last weekend, too tired with all the trips to DC during the week, but I did attend the previous month, it wasn't
great, not many sales, not many finds. The only thing that I brought home were this pair or director's chairs.
In fact, these chairs belonged to my sister-in-law, she was also selling stuff at the flea. The chairs didn't sell and she did't want to bring them home with her, so, when she offered them I couldn't say no. :)
As usual, the main problem with director's chairs is the canvas, they damage to fast. The wooden frames were sturdy, even the finish on the wood was good.
I had never payed attention at the construction of director's chairs. On this set, the arms are on hinges, and after you remove the back piece of canvas you can bring those arms low to the side of the chair to uncover the guides where the seat canvas is secure to.
There must be different kinds of director's chairs, If you need to change the cloth pieces on your chair, the best way to do it is by using the old material as your guide. That's exactly what I did.
The materials you'll need:
- Duck cloth (Aff) - ½ yard per chair - I used ¾ yard for two chairs.
- 2 -¼" wooden round dowels - 15" long.
- Sewing machine
- Measuring tape, thread and sewing necessities.
Cut your material to size, adding 1" for both front and back seams, and 2½" for side seams.
Double fold the front and back seams. Press.
Sew both, front and back seams in place.
(I made two sets, one white and one blue, it would take a lot longer for both sets to get damage and once you're doing one is not much difficult to make two or four more at the same time. )
As I told you, I tried to follow, the best I could, to what was done to the original material. I couldn't take the dowels out without removing the stitches. It looked like they were sewn in.
So, each of the wooden dowels were placed inside the fold, and using a piping foot on the sewing machine, they were attached to both sides of the seat.
This is how they looked at the end.
For the back piece, the most important thing was to fold and iron those seams before heading to the sewing machine.
Besides a good deep cleaning, I didn't do a thing to the frames.
EEEK!I just got a new pair of chairs! :D or four?
I love the contrast of the white with the color of the wood.
And the blue ones... Love, love, LOVE!
I know many of you had to skip this project because it involves sewing. Well, I'm not that good at sewing, but since they're all straight lines it was easy.
Now, I think the seat piece is doable without sewing. Doing the front and back seams with Stitch Witchery (Aff) and perhaps securing the dowels with staples? I might try that!
The back piece might need some hand sewing besides the tape, for safety reasons. ;)
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