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Thursday, September 1, 2011

Guest Blogger - Amy from Nap Time Crafters

Hi I'm Amy from Nap Time Crafters!
I LOVE every kind of craft, but if I had to pick a fav it would definitely be sewing for my little girl. I also love decorating my apartment with very budget friendly projects. Nap Time Crafters is home to 100 free Tutorials {and growing!}, the American Crafter Competition, Friday Favs Party, & a Giveaway every Saturday!

Make sure you stop by my pattern shop for lots more fun!

Do you have a lil' chair hanging out in your house in need of a BIG facelift???
Kids LOVE those little foam chairs, but the covers get so gross. ewww... 
Or maybe you have a little princess in your house and the hand-me-down Buzz Lightyear chair isn't doing it for her:) 

Let's give it a whole new life!
It didn't take long at all to recover (1 naptime- promise!) and Little Miss absolutely adores her chair! She reads in it, snacks in it, watches a bit of Winnie the Pooh in it...

I decided to go with a nice neutral fabric that keeps our family room looking like somewhat of an adult space rather than kid world:) And now any little boys down the line can use it too
If you're feeling ambitious you could even start from scratch! If you go that route buy your foam as a foam pad (you know the cheapo kind for bunking guest on) NOT as yardage at craft store- you'll save lots:)

Let's get started!

  • Lil' Chair: I found mine at a thirft store for $3! It's the Marshmallow brand I think
  • Fabric: It took 2 thrifted pillowcases to recover this size (so about 2 yards)
  • Tot:)

Here's a look at the before... You can't quite see since Little Miss insisted on sitting in it, but it was pretty gross. And I'm not a big fan of pink faux fur in our front room... 

1. Take off the cover and cut it apart at the seam lines. Save the bottom panel and zipper. Lay out all of the pieces on your fabric and cut around leaving a small seam allowance around all sides. 

 2. Sew the 2 back pieces together- the chair has a seam right down the middle back and then the "flaps" wrap around to both sides.

3. Sew the seat piece to each side- it will cover the arm rests and the seat. At this point I put it over the chair to see how the fit was coming along.

 4. Sew the top piece to the back piece along the long edge and the 2 short sides.

 5. Sew the seat back to the back piece (step 2) seat piece (step 3), and the top piece (step 4).

6. Once you have the fit all good to go sew on the front piece.

 7. Sew the bottom panel and zipper to the finished cover, put it on your chair and you're good to go! You can change the color of the bottom panel if you want, but I decided it wasn't worth the effort. You'll definitely want to keep the zipper so you can wash the cover every so often.

Enjoy your new "old" chair!

Thanks Shawn!

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My name is Shawn and I am a stay at home Mom of two boys and also a student. After many years of school and a Master's degree in Psychology, I decided to go back to school for Lactation Consulting. I spend most of my time with my children, and working on my sewing projects. Currently the sewing projects have to due with my little side business of making things for babies, which will be the main focus of this blog. I also love spending time with my husband but I see him very little now because he is busy with work and paramedic training. We have been together ten years now and married five! I love making things for special people in my life, I feel like it's something I can do to stay connected and maybe they will think of me when they see the blanket, pillow, curtain, or whatever else I have made. Since I am a somewhat introverted kind of person sewing seems to fit me, it's a way to express myself creatively, and put love into each piece, for each person. My life is quite challenging at times but I make sure to think about things I am grateful for each day.