Now for Something Completely Different

 

Before Christmas my hubby had a clear out in the garage.. Now this in itself was well overdue.. But this overhaul led to him finding a few things which had been buried for few years.. Among other things he re-discovered he had a staple gun.. with a new box of staples..

Later that week he had cause to go up into the loft.. Mainly as I wanted the Christmas Decorations relocating.. So as he moved this and that up there, he also came across several large pieces of fabric neatly folded in plastic bags.. He had been given this maybe 10 years ago, as a lady who was into Interior designing.. She was throwing the fabric away, and so Hubby asked could he keep it.. ( as he knew I would probably find some use for it one day.. as I had 30 years  in the textile industry )

But it got stored and forgotten..

Now over the last few years as my Granddaughter has grown Now 4 years of age.. And as she climbs upon our dinning chairs sometimes with buckles on her shoes.. the fabric on our chairs got pulled and scuffed..

Soooo… We put these two finds together and Below are the results..

Old Chair.

Chair before we started

Pulling Old chair to pieces

Chair taken apart

Taking the old seat apart so I could get the right shape to cut out fabric

Taking old covering off

Next I used some clear plastic so I could line up each piece to cut out exactly the same fabric pattern to repeat on all of our four chairs..

Laid template onto fabric so that each one had same pattern in fabric

The fabric is a thick cotton weave print.

So I cut out Four bottom cushions matching pattern.. Then I Cut out 8 pieces for the backs of the chairs.. These had to be sewn the shape of the backs turned through and then I just slotted the old backs into the new sleeves…. 

Hubby was needed to hold the backs as I had to sew the tops closed close to the edge but leaving a lip to slot into the top back staves… Each one had to fit tight, so there was lots of pushing and pulling to get them fitted snug.. Sorry the below photo is a little blurred.

I cut out matching fronts and back and then sewn them so old back could slide in like a sleeve

Close up of back

Hubby I don’t think trusted me with the powerful staple gun,, so as I stretched the fabric to fit the bottom cushions he stapled into position.

Here was the first finished Chair..

Completed chair

And the completed set..

Chairs now completed

Cost… Zero!..

And we have a different fabric for our next project.. We have two old chairs in the loft.. SO…. watch this Space!

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  1. Sue Dreamwalker
    Jan 03, 2015 @ 20:52:45

    WooooHoooooo!…

    This is my 777th Post.. and this is the meaning of the number 777

    http://www.ask-angels.com/spiritual-guidance/angel-number-777/

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  2. Dalo 2013
    Jan 03, 2015 @ 20:53:35

    Wow, what a great project ~ and an excellent result… 🙂

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  3. wolfgangpowerpoint.wordpress.com/
    Jan 03, 2015 @ 20:55:07

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  4. prenin
    Jan 03, 2015 @ 20:58:09

    Well done folks!!! 🙂

    Now THAT’S teamwork!!! 🙂

    Love and huge hugs! 🙂

    Prenin.

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  5. Genie
    Jan 03, 2015 @ 21:00:09

    Unbelievable just an incredible job — but I must admit, I want those chairs! there you ago — I’m being silly — no I’m not — I want the chairs! 😉

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  6. litebeing
    Jan 03, 2015 @ 21:11:41

    beautiful Sue! love the paisley and your step by step process photos. Wonderful to revamp and transform ❤
    Love your new blog look too! Fabulous.

    xoxo Linda

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      Jan 04, 2015 @ 13:29:57

      Happy you like the fabric Linda… I was worried at first it would not go. Yet once on the chairs it went perfectly.. So that fabric had sat for 10 yrs just waiting for its début LOL… Did you see my comment too on the comment section here.. This was also my 777th post.. 🙂 Made me smile wider than ever..

      And thank you for noticing my new Look.. I thought New Year, New Look… I am still unsure about the moving feathers near the header.. I think they are a little distracting when reading..
      But I am sure most visit via the reader and do not see my theme.. 🙂 so I will leave it for a while I think..
      Big Hugs..
      I am going to try and paint the image of a dream I had on Friday this afternoon.. It was once amazing Dream.. I wrote it all down as soon as I awoke from it.. So hope in the future to put both picture and dream together in a post..
      Enjoy Sunday..
      Love Sue xx

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  7. Paul Handover
    Jan 03, 2015 @ 21:36:01

    Lovely! Leads me to wondering if you and your hubby would like an extended stay in Oregon? 😉

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  8. Visionkeeper
    Jan 03, 2015 @ 21:49:22

    Amazing!!! You are a true source of talent and now it sounds as if hubby comes in a close second. A match made in heaven 🙂 Beautiful job DW…Love the fabric too. Really great colors…Enjoy! Hugs…VK ❤

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  9. aFrankAngle
    Jan 03, 2015 @ 22:04:15

    Outstanding effort!

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  10. Hariod Brawn
    Jan 03, 2015 @ 22:41:27

    This blend of ingenuity and creativity completely eludes me! The way you have the patterns perfectly aligned seems incomprehensibly difficult to me. o_O H ❤

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      Jan 04, 2015 @ 13:13:31

      When you understand the nature of creating a Pattern in fabric and sewing techniques dear Hariod.. It flows just as your eloquent words from the dictionary do from your very capable mind and writing skills.. 🙂 See… We each have a skill… we both admire in each other.. 🙂

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  11. Dennis Cardiff
    Jan 03, 2015 @ 23:01:43

    Beautifully done. I’ve worked on chairs a bit myself. It is very rewarding.

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  12. Writing to Freedom
    Jan 04, 2015 @ 00:52:40

    Very crafty Sue! 🙂

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  13. Eric Tonningsen
    Jan 04, 2015 @ 01:32:45

    Nice work, Sue. You’re hired! 🙂

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  14. New Bloggy Cat
    Jan 04, 2015 @ 02:03:32

    Wow…lovely transformation! \ (•◡•) /

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  15. Nihar Pradhan
    Jan 04, 2015 @ 02:46:37

    It is sometime a great discovery and become an innovation when we scan the old stuff, and realize that how things perceived to be not useful have turn out to be very useful after some time period, that how’s it is said that don’t just throw away things keep it some corner and you will find it’s utility in due course…

    Very creative way of transforming and making it productive…Sue, a lovely way to commence the New Year…

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      Jan 04, 2015 @ 12:18:31

      Yes my Husband is a great believer in not throwing away.. and it coming in useful some day… We have one or two projects we are going to set ourselves over the next few months..
      During the Spring we will be busy with the garden again.. and growing veggies.. It keeps us out of mischief ..
      Thank you so much Nihar.. 🙂

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      • Nihar Pradhan
        Jan 04, 2015 @ 16:34:58

        Yes Sue, it is an excellent exercise and a lovely way to look back, reflect and keep ourselves creatively engaged…many occasions we just don’t realize the value of things, and it is only with the passage of time, we start seeing the hidden or the evolved value of the piece which otherwise rests lifelessly at one dingy dark corner…with the fall of light everything changes its colour and outlook.

        O! Gardening is such a enriching experience to be engaged, it keeps us lively and makes us feel grow with every growth of the plants and we all love seeing the growth and trees anyway are so beautiful and such is the power of plant, it is difficult to fathom and factor into our life unless we keep observing and analyzing the growth…

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        • Sue Dreamwalker
          Jan 04, 2015 @ 19:43:54

          Nihar.. Yes you have captured what growth is all about.. creating and being part of nature.. I am sure you will enjoy tom morrows post .. Seems I am on a roll.. lol.. but then I may go quite for a while.. 🙂 .. Such are the spurts of growth! 🙂

          Have a beautiful week my friend.. 😀

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  16. Trini Lind
    Jan 04, 2015 @ 03:08:41

    Lovely chair!! 🙂 🙂

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  17. David
    Jan 04, 2015 @ 08:35:11

    Clever Lady, a Lady after my own heart … your loft sounds more like an Aladdin’s Cave and you my sweet, with all your talents, are the Genie! Much love David

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      Jan 04, 2015 @ 12:11:26

      You have no idea David how close to the truth of Aladdin’s Cave our Loft is.. Or Hubbies Garage.. Since my early retirement.. I have been I would guess nagging at him to get them both sorted.. Now he’s started.. We both have more upholstery to tackle.. We both enjoyed re doing the covers on these chairs….
      Now a Genie!.. well. at times we all think we need a magic lamp.. But to be honest as I look around the world.. I already hold all the treasures anyone could possibly want.. 🙂
      Blessings your way for the New Week..

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  18. eugene1492
    Jan 04, 2015 @ 09:33:27

    Thank you for this good information I am sure it might come handy … someday .. Happy New Year to you dear Sue and to your Hubby .. beautiful chairs…. ❤

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  19. gageier
    Jan 04, 2015 @ 10:01:59

    Liebe Sue toll die Stühle neu bezogen klasse einen schönen Start in die neue Woche wünsche ich dir in Freundschaft Klaus

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  20. dilip
    Jan 04, 2015 @ 14:49:51

    Creativity has no domains nor boundaries so you and your hubby got this going to perfection! A thumbs-up to you both Sue 🙂

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  21. quarteracrelifestyle
    Jan 05, 2015 @ 01:22:02

    Oh, these are very lovely, what a transformation! You will be rapt with those. Roger finds all sorts when he gets his act together to tidy up too, he is so surprised when he finds he owns something he had forgotten buying!

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      Jan 05, 2015 @ 13:35:47

      Thank you Wendy.. Yes like I said our garage and loft have things in there that have not seen the light of day for years.. and I bet there are things in there that are brand new which hubby forgot he bought.. Like the staple gun.. 🙂

      We enjoyed doing this project together. 🙂 xxx

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  22. beverley
    Jan 05, 2015 @ 11:30:40

    they look fab x

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  23. Aquileana
    Jan 05, 2015 @ 15:39:32

    Way to go dear Sue… I love those chairs…
    “Please, Take a seat”, you may now proudly say!…
    Love and happy week, Aquileana 😀

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  24. narf77
    Jan 05, 2015 @ 17:14:41

    What a glorious change using beautiful (discarded) fabric! What a saving all round Sue and how beautiful they look! You and your husband must both be very proud of your efforts and every time you look at them or use them, you are going to be able to appreciate them so much more because you partially made them :). I love this post and congratulations on the 777. I think I will be 10 years before I reach that milestone! 😉

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      Jan 05, 2015 @ 17:19:53

      Hahaha…. LOL>. you.. And yes Hubby and I are quite proud of our achievements and it has transformed the dinning set.. 🙂 lovely to see you.. and hope your Summer is not leaving your frazzled.. x Hugs Sue

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      • narf77
        Jan 05, 2015 @ 17:39:35

        Not too frazzled yet today but then it is only 4.38am so give it time! Lots of work in the garden today including planting out our passionfruit and kiwiberry vines, staking the grapes that have gone mental in this heat and watering…the ever present need to water! 😉 Have a great, albeit colder day over in your neck of the woods Sue 🙂

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  25. Lois
    Jan 06, 2015 @ 01:41:31

    Sue, I love how your chairs turned out. That fabric is very pretty and the red really makes them look fresh and new. That fabric should hold up no matter how many more shoes with buckles find their way up on the seats. I can’t wait to see your next chairs.

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      Jan 06, 2015 @ 21:33:20

      Dear Lois.. thank you so much.. I know I am behind again with your updates.. but they are saved in my email box.. 🙂 Yes the fabric is strong.. We are setting ourselves a task of decorating next.. We want to get these jobs done before Spring when the gardening takes over 🙂 x

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  26. Maria F.
    Jan 06, 2015 @ 09:06:32

    It is so nice, by the window.

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  27. Alex Jones
    Jan 07, 2015 @ 14:27:46

    Doing something creative puts the mind in a positive frame for 2015. Nice achievement.

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  28. natswans
    Jan 11, 2015 @ 13:16:03

    Oh yes love your chairs Sue well done , …I have lots of jobs indoors also. A tired settee with a new throw maybe. I will have to get my thinking cap on once again. This post has just jogged me Sue.
    Have a lovely Sunday xx

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      Jan 11, 2015 @ 14:07:56

      Hi Sheila.. I hope you had a wonderful Christmas.. and a Happy New Year to you.. Yes its amazing when we look around our homes how just a little added touch and revamp can change things to look as good as new… I am pleased my post has prompted some thoughts in this direction.. Good luck with your renovations.. And you too have a wonderful rest of the day.. Hugs Sue x ❤

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  29. aussieian2011
    Jan 14, 2015 @ 10:10:32

    Fantastic job Sue, truely well done, love the material it gives it a nostalgic old world style charm, chairs like that sell for a fortune over here.
    Very artistic my friend.
    Ian

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  30. insearchofitall
    Mar 03, 2016 @ 04:02:46

    I’m coming back here soon, Sue as I’m in a rush tonight. Flying out in the morning and no laptop for a week.:( Loved the chairs and thank you for the link to the numbers. I didn’t know where to find the answer to that. I see numbers in threes all the time. I’ll check on this when I return. Have a wonderfilled week.

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