A great way to utilise smaller bits of fabrics is cushion making.
You could either sew a patchwork top with the smaller pieces you have, or if you have big enough pieces (half of a meter should be plenty) create a simple cushion cover with a zip like these below. Not experienced in sewing? We run cushion cover making classes at our Brighton based shop. Check out our workshops page for dates.
Painting chairs is an easy way to give them a new look, but the real change happens when you replace the fabric on the seating. Even a non-painted battered old chair looks so much better with a newly upholstered seat. Here are a few samples of what we have made in the last few weeks. Some were sets of four. Some sold as singles.
If you are Sussex based and want your dining chairs recovered let us know! We will also be running workshops in the new year too where you can learn how to paint and recover your own chairs Please check our Shaboutique website or Shaboutique’s Facebook page for dates. Or subscribe to our blog and we will let you know.
It’s been too long since I reupholstered a tub chair. I love doing them as I can use off-cuts I have left from other projects plus the actual re-upholstery job on these are pretty straight forward. I always go for very bright colours but I have been told that even tough people like them it wouldn’t fit into their (beige) decor. So I made one in fairly neutral colours. Lets see if it will have any takers. Avalaible at Shabitat.
Ysanne and Peter had these old armchairs that were left from Ysanne’s grandad. The armchairs were comfortable and structurally fine so they just wanted to give them a second life buy having the patchwork magic done to them. Peter had already painted the wooden parts in a nice mat white.
Ysanne showed me some photos of her patio and we also talked about the color-scheme she had in mind. They dropped them off to me in Brighton so it was left to me to sort out the rest. I mainly used off-cuts I had from other upholstery projects and vintage curtains I sourced form Shabitat.
Pretty pleased with the outcome I have to say. And so were Ysanne and Peter.
Do you have a family heirloom piece that needs a second life? Get in touch!
I love making my patchwork upholstery chairs, but its time to move onto something different so I wanted to reupholster an old wing-back chair. We get them in at Shabitat fairly often. As all materials I use are reclaimed or end of roll, I never get big enough pieces to cover one large item. But instead of the patchwork approach I wanted to use a different colour for each panel of the chair. Velvet curtains were my answer. Soft, mat and durable.
I have lost count on how many hours it took to finish but I’m quite pleased with the outcome!
Here it is in its new home. That only took 2 days!