WFMW: From One Chair to Another

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

It is Works for Me Wednesday, and I'm about to show you how utterly un-talented (and cheap) I am.

My sweet sister-in-law gave Little Guy an antique rocking chair this summer. It did not come with a cushion, but I told her not to worry, I had a solution. I saw it as an opportunity to reduce and reuse a purchase I'd come to regret long ago . . . the Pottery Barn Kids chair.

Background: Because I bought one for Big Guy many years ago, I felt compelled to buy a PBK chair for Little Guy. (first mistake) I thought I was ordering the same size, but apparently "small" changed and Little Guy's was enormous. (second mistake) The embroidery started falling apart after the first wash, and before long the chair was nothing more than a fort-building apparatus and/or pillow fight weapon. It had to go.

So with great fanfare I told the boys that the Red Monstrosity would soon become a sweet cushion for the new chair. Oh sure, there were a few tears, but as I gleefully sawed through the foam from the PBK chair insert, they were quickly distracted by the fact that my form looked like a potty seat. . .

Tears turned to laughter and I continued my work. I cut the fabric pretty much down the middle, with little regard for straight lines.

I do not know how to sew, so I used a glue gun and the velcro-flap-thingy that previously secured the defective cover to the awful chair to my advantage.

I tucked, folded, burned a couple fingers . . .

but then, Waaah - La!

A perfectly respectable cushion, which fits the dimensions of the chair, and eases the pain of that prior purchase.

Much better.

It works for me! What works for you?

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5 Responses to “WFMW: From One Chair to Another”

  1. That is AWESOME!  Un-talented?  Please!  That's some crafty talent --- afterall you DID utilize the velcro thingy!  :)  Very entertaining post.

  2. I am impressed!!!  That looks great!  Our PBK chair's embroidery fell apart too.  

  3. Thanks, Jayda. The first PBK chair that I bought still looks good - I really think the ones made more recently are poor quality. I'm so glad to be rid of it :)

  4. Thanks, Anne!  The velcro thingy really helped :)