Sunday, October 4, 2015

A Pair of French Chairs get a Skirt


Many months ago I found a pair of cane-backed Frenchy chairs and refinished  them. 

Before:                                                      After:















I sanded the chairs down and sealed and stained the wood with dark wax and hemp oil and tried to sell them, but no one was interested.  I put the chairs in the back of my workshop and pretty much just forgot about them. 

After reading Miss Mustard Seed's posts about making slip covers, I was inspired to make some too.  I remembered my chairs and I decided they  could use a cute skirted slip cover.  I can sew, but am definitely a beginner.  When I was a teenager I spent lots of time with my grandmother and she knew how to sew and taught me the basics during the summer months.  


I had a great crisp blue and white striped sheet that I had picked up and thought it would be perfect for the slip covers.  




I traced a circle on a piece of butcher paper that was a bit larger then the seats and had notches for the back  and then placed it on the fabric and cut.  I have never sewn a ruffle/pleat, but decided to give it a go. Hey, if Marian says it can be done then I am going for it!   I ripped a long strip of fabric and then hemmed one side for a clean edge.  The next step was to pleat and sew and pleat and sew.  It was surprisingly easy and pretty quick.  

I sewed the ruffle/pleat around the seat part and then sewed some ribbon on the back section for ties.  




I am very proud of myself and my amateur sewing skills!  


I love the natural wood 







Hydrangeas, Ironstone and a galvanized tray=LOVE 





I decided I liked the slip-covers kind of wrinkled and not ironed, so I left them that way. 










39 comments:

  1. Adorable slipcovers on your fabulous chairs. I'm not surprised you had a buyer so quickly.

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    1. Thank you Sugar-I do love these chairs!

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  2. I love cane back chairs, if i could find them easier id end up with a house full!

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    1. Thank you -I love cane back chairs too!

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  3. The chairs and their covers look great. You did a wonderful job!

    Judy

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    1. Thank you Judy-I gave myself a good pat on the back for the slipcovers!

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  6. You did a great job for a beginner...sewing isn't something that comes easy for me. Love the fabric...it's always good to recycle. Have a great week, DD.

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    1. Thank you Marigene-I like to sew, but I also like to do things fast and sewing can be so stop and start that I can get frustrated!

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  7. these are beautiful, DD, and i love them wrinkled, too! it's easier and looks fab!

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    1. Thank ou Cassie-I love them wrinkled too and I also like easier!

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  9. Very beautiful, you did a fantastic job!!

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    1. Thank you very much-I am pretty proud of myself!

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  10. Beautiful. The skirts looks so great.
    Kris

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    1. Thank yo Kris-I think the skirts are cute too!

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  11. They are perfect shop chairs! Great job on the skirts, as well -- so cute!

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    1. Thank you very much-I went and saw them at the shop and they look great in it!

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  12. Love the chairs and the cute slips. You did a grand job!

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    1. Thank you Kim-I think the chairs look much better now!

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  13. So charming! I love the slouchy, slightly wrinkled look of the skirts. Fab!

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    1. Thank you Linda-I love them slouchy and wrinkled too!

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  14. So charming! I love the slouchy, slightly wrinkled look of the skirts. Fab!

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  15. These chairs are gorgeous and I think you did an absolutely fabulous job sewing those cute little skirts!!

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    1. Thank you Benita-I am happy that my sewing job turned out!

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  16. Congratulations on the sale of your chairs after slipcovering them. Your sewing skills impressed the heck out of me Darrielle!

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    1. Thank you Marie-I can sew but it is not my favorite thing to do!

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  17. Isn't it amazing what small changes can do for the chairs? The slipcovers look wonderful and your choice of fabric is always on point.

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    1. Thank you Victoria-I know you have a "chair thing" too and yes small changes can really make a chair nice a gain!

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  18. Your chairs were so pretty just the way they were, but sometimes all it takes is a tweak here or there for something to finally sell. I'm not the least bit surprised that they sold after you made those pretty seat covers. Great job! Thanks for sharing them at Vintage Inspiration Party.

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    1. Thank you Betsy-I love the new look now too!

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  19. Hi D.D.!
    Beautiful job on these chairs - you worked hard! Love the pretty slip covers too - well done!
    Catherine

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    1. Thank you Catherine-I really like how they turn out too and I might have to sew some more now!

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  20. Wonderful transformation and lovely display, D.D! I would love if you could share this at our party which runs every Tuesday http://sweethings.net/oh-my-heartsie-girls-wordless-wednesday-2/ #OMHGWW
    Have a wonderful week!
    Hugs,

    Pili

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  21. These chairs are so sweet Darielle! You did a lovely job of them and I'm so thrilled you were able to share them at my Making Broken Beautiful party, I do hope you will join in again tomorrow :0)
    Smiles!
    Terry

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  22. Your chairs are AH-dorable. How do I follow you on INstagram?

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