Fabric Chair Refreshment

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I’m quire sure you have some old chairs at home which will require some cleaning or fixing before they can be used again.

In fact I have 4 of them, so I have prepared simple step-by-step guide to show you how to deal with similar type of chairs like mine.

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First I started with removal of the part that’s covered with fabric as this is the one I want to work on. The fabric got quite dirty over the years and I also have this new vision of my living space to bring some colors in, so lets get started!

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Please prepare some tolls – a hammer and suitable pins, stapler, a screwdriver (depend on your chair), a fabric samples and sewing materials, as we will need them.

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First I ripped off the fabric from under the chair as I didn’t intend to keep it but if you want keep yours you should remove each pin carefully.

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Then I took measurements for the fabric which has to be cut to cover chair easily. I will need 4 pieces 61 x 61 cm.

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Then I cut suitable shape of the fabric which is going under the chair and folded it all over and sewed thru with my machine. If you don’t have machine this is not a problem as you can fold it while you are fixing it on the chair (you will need more time and pins in this situation).

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Now I used needle-pins to put the fabric in place and made sure I follow same patter on folds on each corner of the chair.

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After that I could stapled thru the fabric with stapler starting from the straight sides and then finishing with the corners.

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The white fabric got fixed with a hammer and for a more decorative finish but you can use stapler as before.

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The last step was to screw the top of the chair back on the frame and repeat procedure another 3 times to have full set of 4 chairs beautifully finished and matching.

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This post of course gives just general guidelines as there is only a small chance your chairs will be exactly like mine. Take your time for measurements and preparations. The first chair refreshment took me over an hour but remaining 3 were much faster, about 20 minutes each.

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Good luck with your home projects!

The One With Art 1st Birthday

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I’m so happy to share with you the 1st anniversary of The One With Art.

I can’t believe it has been 1 year already and you have stayed with me and curiously followed my art and crafts work.

So here I’m sending you huge THANK YOU! Please keep visiting this page and I do promise not to disappoint you.

Happy Birthday for THE ONE WITH ART and I’m hoping for more successful years to come.




Baby Cloths – First Trip Home

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I’m keep thinking abut all of the emotions to come when our new-born baby girl will arrive at home.

This is going to be very special day for all of us so we will need special fancy clothes for this first time ever tip back home.

I have designed baby hat and little baby dress very simple and very fashionable I would say 🙂 You can follow the instructions below and make your own.

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First you need to cut the desired shape for the hat. I’m making it half oval and half rectangular. I’m using French seam to keep it nicely finished inside out and to avoid irritating edges for little head.

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I have made some gathering to build up volume on the top. Then I have finished the front edge with some decorative tape.

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A few small folds on the sides and on the back for final shape and a double folded tape to finish bottom edge and at the same time have two strings to tai it down under baby’s chin.

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I used this old top for new born babies to shape out top part of the dress.

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We will need two comfy sleeves so I have made them wider and then we can gather it around the wrists with decorative elastic.

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I followed usual steps to put all pieces together.

We start from connecting the front and the back on the top of the shoulders.

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Then we sew in each sleeve and add stretched elastic on the other end.

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After that we can fold it in half and sew all the way thru from the end of the sleeve to the bottom of the top.

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I have added double folded tape all around the  front edges and neck and purple hippo embroidery for decoration.

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The top corner should have a button and the whole but you can also use snaps which are easy to get in any fabric store.

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The bottom skirt is simply folded piece of fabric with French seam to hide it all, and I have also sew it thru again so it is flat against back of the dress.

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Add tape on each side half way thru the dress so you can keep it in place and that is it!

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An adorable little dress and the hat for first trip back home for baby girl.

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