I know there are tons of “how to recover a seat” posts out there, so I will keep this short and sweet. I have already talked about my dining room chairs here and here, but I want to tell everyone the best way to get the fabric centered and symmetrical. Here is my step by step (ohhhhh baby…get it NKOTB?) guide:
1. Remove existing fabric from seat to use as your pattern (or in my case, to get it off those chairs because it has cat hair on it and your husband is highly allergic).
2. Find the exact center of the cushion fabric (I simply folded the fabric in half and in half again-basically into 1/4 of it’s original size). I also could have used a yard stick and drew lines (a plus sign or “X” to determine the center). Cut a small hole in the middle. This will enable you to see what is going to be right in the middle of your seat.
3. Don’t get too excited yet and start cutting (like I almost did). You want to make sure the fabric is facing the right way. My particular fabric actually has an up and a down:
So, lay your fabric on a table in the correct direction each and every time!
4. Now make sure the pattern is not only centered, but even from side to side. This would make a huge difference if you were using a striped fabric. Sewing patterns have a line that you use to center fabrics with patterns or textures/nap. You measure from this line to the bound side of the fabric in two or three places-making sure the measurement is equal. In this case I drew an imaginary line down the center of the pattern (I could have just drawn a line, but at the time I didn’t feel like looking for a sharpie, lol)
5. Once the pattern is perfectly aligned, pin and cut.
Repeat each step for each seat you are recovering. I would not double up the fabric or try to do more than one at a time (unless you you have more than one pattern).
6. Cut a rectangle out for piping if needed. I just eyeballed this based on the original piping.
7. Next I ironed the pieces…
8. Assemble the piping/How to make piping (at least this is how I made it!)
Long story endless, you now have some piping for your fabulous chairs! Obviously you need to repeat for each chair. I suppose you can make one huge line of piping and cut it up, but that is not what I did.
9. Put the new fabric on your existing cushion!
Make sure your perfectly even fabric is perfectly placed. You can mark both the center of the fabric and the chair if that helps.
10. Once the seat is completely covered and stapled in place it is time to add piping (if you want).
Once you have stapled your last staple, go back with a hammer and make sure all the staples are pushed in far. Now put the seat on the chair and test it out =)
This post may have taken a little longer than I thought, but I hope it helps someone out there!
The End =)