Refresh with Fabric

Take a look around your home right now. Does it need a little update? Before you run out to buy new, why not refresh with fabric? We’re tackling those old dining room chairs and those ugly lamp shades you’d rather throw out. Danielle Rode from Upsy-Daisy in White Bear Lake stopped by to help with this facelift!

1. Recover Dining Room Chair

How to:

  • Select your fabric
  • Flip your chair upside down and unscrew the seat/cushion from the chair frame – place the screws aside for later.
    Tip: If you are doing multiple chairs, number the chair seats to the chair frames so you easily match them back up.
  • Remove the existing fabric from the seat (if staple remover is not working, you may need a flathead screwdriver and pliers for this depending on type of staples you are removing).
  • Clean your entire chair with a solution of distilled white vinegar and water (1/2 cup vinegar to a half-gallon of warm water).

• Foam:

  • Place seat frame on top of foam and trace shape, 1″ larger than the seat frame.
  • Cut the foam using scissors.

• Batting:

  • Place seat frame cushion side facing down on top of batting.
  • Cut the batting so it is approximately three to four inches out from the edge of the cushion.
  • Attach the batting to the frame using a staple gun.
  • Begin by stapling batting to frame at center point of each side, and then at each corner, pulling tautly around the frame. Continue securing to frame by working from center point to corner.
  • Trim excess batting along outer edge of staple line.

• Upholstery:

  • Place the seat frame down on your upholstery fabric.
    Note: If using a patterned fabric, appropriately position the design to your liking on the cushion.
  • Like you did with the batting, cut the fabric so it is approximately

Materials needed:
• Dining room chair with removable seat cushion
• Distilled white vinegar/water/rag
• Fabric (approximately 2/3 yard per 2 seat cushions)
• Quilters batting (approximately 2/3 yard per seat cushion)
• Poly Foam Cot padding, 1″ thick (cut to 1″ wider than seat frame)
• scissors
• tape measure
• screwdriver
• staple remover
• staple gun
• pliers

2. Lamp Revamp

Materials needed:
• Lampshade
• Approximately ¾ yard of fabric per shade
• Fabric glue
• Small paintbrush
• Scissors / Pinking Sheers
• Temporary fabric pen
• Hot glue gun
• Clothes pins

How to:
• Cut Fabric:

  • Place lampshade on fabric and roll shade along fabric, tracing the shape of the lampshade as you go.
  • Cut the fabric 2 inches wider than your trace line.

• Adhere fabric to shade:

  • Run a line of fabric glue along the shade’s existing seam and press one end of fabric onto the glue. Secure end with clothes pins and allow glue to fully dry for approximately ½ hour.
  • Use spray adhesive on backside of fabric and then wrap fabric around the shade. Temporarily secure excess with clothes pins to prevent fabric from shifting.

• Seam:

  • Fold under your seam.
  • Run a bead of fabric glue along the inside edge and secure to the shade.

• Tuck in edges:

  • Fold excess fabric on top side of the shade toward the inside of shade and secure with clothes pins.
  • Glue edges by running a thin bead of hot glue between folded fabric and shade. Firmly press fabric into place.
  • Turn shade over and repeat on bottom side of shade.

• Optional: Embellish with ribbon:

  • Use small paintbrush and bush fabric glue on side seam. Cover glue with ribbon. Turn under ribbon edges for a finished look.

Upsy-Daisy in White Bear Lake is hosting their 3rd annual Makers Alley Market on May 12. Learn more here!

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