Category: Home & Garden
Type of item: Home Decor
Style: Retro / Vintage, Funky, Whimsical
Retro Arc-Com upholstery fabric (deal on e-bay) Unpholstery tools and sewing needles Upholstery grade thread Patience!
What was your inspiration?
I was inspired by the fabric first -- I purchased it on e-bay and store it for 6 months looking for the perfect chair. When I saw the little Victoria nursing chair (looking very Laura Ashley in the second hand shop), I knew it would be a non-traditional and exciting match.
What are you most proud of?
When I purchased the chair, I did not realize the the way it was padded would mean that I would have to sew the fabric pieces directly on the chair padding -- and I thought this would be a quick project! I learned to do the 'ladder stitch' for the upholstery on you-tube, practiced it a few times, and then away I went. It's not perfect, but I am proud of the stitching.
What advice would you give someone starting this project?
Always make sure that your padding is in good condition before you purchase a 2nd hand or antique chair. Don't be afraid to mix up styles (e.g. Victorian with retro fabric) because you can create something unexpectedly wonderful!