Tapestry Chair

This project takes a little bit of extra effort and time, but the fantastically quirky end result is well worth all your hard work. If you don’t have and old chair, you can adapt the same technique to create funky cushions.

HomeStyle Makes 4-17

You will need:

  • Old Chair (found for free)
  • Paper and pen
  • Scissors
  • Tapestries (£10)
  • Sewing machine
  • Fusible webbing (£3.50)
  • Calico (£6)
  • Pins (£1)
  • Upholstery tacks (£3.36 Upholstery Warehouse)
  • Hammer or staple gun
  • Decorative upholstery nails (£2.30 Homebase)

HomeStyle Makes 4-18

  1. Carefully remove the old covers from your chair and trace round them, onto paper, to make a guide. Cut out the pieces from your tapestries and arrange them together on your template. Sew the pieces together with a running stitch and iron on flat.
  2. Next iron fusible webbing to the back of the tapestry before ironing to a piece of calico. This will reinforce your tapestry and make it much stronger and easier to work with.
  3. Pin your pattern guides to the back of the tapestry once again, and mark out a seam allowance of around 5cm the whole way around. Do a final check against your chair to make sure the pieces are the correct size and then cut them out.
  4. Pin each piece to the chair, with the seam allowance turned under. Starting from the centre, attach your tapestry to the chair by applying a tack or staple every 3cm, stretching and pulling as you go. Once you have reached an edge, go back to the middle and repeat in the opposite direction. Attach all of the other tapestry pieces in the same way, pleating any corners for a neat and tidy finish.
  5. Hammer a line of decorative upholstery nails around the edges to finish, which are available in a range of designs and finishes.

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