Then, I started reading tutorials about how to recover the cushions.
I discovered that most bloggers start their posts by saying, “I bought this glider and wanted to recover the cushions, but I thought it would be impossible. Then, I tried anyway and it wasn’t so hard. I did it! I am so glad I tried.”
About the fifth time I read that, I decided I could give this project a shot.
So, dear friend, go for it! We are all in the same boat here. It looks scary…but it is not too terrible.
My $40 Thrifted Rocker
- 4 yards of fabric (3 would be plenty, but I got extra for mistakes)
- safety pins
- sewing machine
- coordinating thread
- Study the design of your cushions, then simply duplicate what the original cover looked like. Use the original layout of fabric and the same placement for your puckers.
- Practice with an old bed sheet
- Measure your cushions. I added 1.5 inches to allow for mistakes and seam allowances. I trimmed down from 1.5 slowly, to the right size.
- Pay attention to the pattern on your fabric. I accidentally cut my fabric so the white lines were going horizontal and I wanted them to be vertical. That’s why I bought extra!
- Start with the smaller cushion. I only photographed the larger one, process is the same.
- This post is very photo-heavy with limited directions. I thought you’d benefit more from extra pics than my rambling.
- I did this project in three small sessions. First, I tested with a sheet. Then, one for each cushion. I tend to start rushing after an hour or so. 2 hours browsing Pinterest. 3-4 hours sewing time.
Attach Side Pieces
Start at the center seam where you sewed the front and back pieces together.
I was happy with the tightness. Then, I sewed about 12 more inches down both sides and then repeated my test. This is what I meant by go slowly.
Do yourself a favor and resist the urge to wizzzz down the whole seam in one shot.
When I was all finished, it looked like this. The last time I put it on, I felt like I was wrestling an elephant into a pair of skinny jeans. Definitely not easy.
Now, here is where I differed with some of the other tutorials I read. They did zippers and velcro. Both, are bit out of my skill & patience level. I decided to go for safety pins. This might make some folks uncomfortable, but I trust my safety pins…so I’m not too worried about it. Also, I’ll still be able to wash the cushions if need be.
First, I pretend I was wrapping a Christmas package. I made pretty corners and used straight pins.
And, what’s any good tutorial with out a before and after shot?
- 4 Yards home dec fabric – Hobby Lobby ~ $30 with coupon
- Thrifted Chair $40
- Total: $70 + 1 yard leftover fabric
Have you ever been scared of a DIY project until you read several blog posts from other anxious makers?
Have you ever recovered a rocker?
Do you have any tips?