Besides seeing all the latest fabric lines and sewing gadgets, going to Quilt Market is inspiring. Designers pull out the stops and use their fabrics in ways that make you kick yourself and say, “Why didn’t I think of that?” The big one that stuck in my head and wouldn’t let go was this chair from Bari J’s booth. When I got home and realized I had some little Ikea chairs in the attic, I had to try this myself. My boys used these chairs when they were much smaller. I had to sand off lots of finger grease and crayon marks. Here’s the finished project, complete with a scalloped edge skirt.
It wasn’t as easy as I had hoped. I padded the seat and back with foam I had laying around. I stuffed foam scraps into all the spaces in the back of the chair. Then started piecing the parts together. I would do it differently next time to make the process easier, if there IS a next time. There’s still one naked chair as seen in the background. I think I need some motivation to get it done – like a little girl’s birthday or something. Like a really little girl who might still fit on this thing and appreciate it’s padded goodness.
Here are some shots of the padding – held in place by fabric and twill tape tied in a gazillion places. The slipcover slides on over all this.
Chairs are sorta like this one. Leave it up to Ikea to sell a new piece of children’s furniture for $13.