when you have some leftover fabric…

March 21, 2008 |  Category:   craft home


Most observant people will do a double take when they spot the little wicker doll chairs in the corner of our living room. This is because we have the same fabric upholstered for the cushions covering our Danish Modern chair that I scored off ebay. I immediately started hunting around for fabric because the cushions seemed in great shape, but the old chenille fabric was all shades of “old man” brown and dragged the chair down. This black and tan graphic print seemed snappy enough to give the chair new life. Now, I consider this a hack job of sorts because covering cushions, especially ones that are not square or rectangle in shape, is trickier than it looks (and I didn’t even attempt the piping which the original cushions had), but I HAD to cover them the same evening our chair was delivered, but didn’t have much time because of a tight work deadline. For now it works – just don’t look too close.

So what to do with all this leftover fabric? I’ve been meaning to cover the cushions of these wicker doll chairs that we got graciously from a friend. I know that the fabric is everywhere in our living room (uh, also made a lumbar pillow, but that’s it I swear!), but don’t the doll chairs look nice? I’m more happy with the miniature chairs than the danish chair, and it’s so nice that Claudine is playing with them now too.

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  • carolyn March 25, 2008 at 3:09 pm

    these look great, jenna, even the danish chair. I’m impressed. I’ve been wanting to do something bold like that with my eBay chairs but I got two matching ones so I’m not sure how bold I can go to reup them. I was thinking either complimentary patterns (but not too wild) or go boring with the fabric and make some cool throw pillows to liven things up.

  • Mollie September 18, 2009 at 4:43 pm

    I love that fabric!! Where did you find it? I have been scouring the internet for some modern prints and have not found what I’m looking for…mind sharing your source?

  • Jenna September 19, 2009 at 8:14 pm

    Mollie, I got them from reprodepot.com but it seems like they don’t have that print anymore. Shame.

  • Mollie September 20, 2009 at 6:13 pm

    Jenna, Thanks so much for getting back to me so quickly! Did you end up using the regular cotton fabric or the home decor weight fabric?

  • Jenna September 21, 2009 at 7:44 pm

    this fabric was regular cotton fabric…