26 August 2010

My Creative Space: Coffee Sack Upholstery













































































































































This week I had a lot of things to finish off and I also unravelled my chunky crochet cowl 3 times (I will now knit it because I don't like how the crochet turned the wool quite stiff). So as a flight or fight response I went and upholstered one of our opped lounge chairs with some coffee sacks I picked up in Collingwood. I am very pleased with the result. I tried to document the process step by step but the pictures did not turn out very well, I added a few examples above. Just a load of, erm, coffee sack shots !
The sacks were pretty much the width of the lower chair cushion so I just needed to cut the sacks to size, even the sides out a little and add a zipper. Also some very rigorous zig zagging was needed, even over the zipper, because this stuff frays like there is no tomorrow. I also recommend vacuuming the sewing machine if you ever work with these pretty things because the little strings of fiber get in every potentially damaging spot.

The upper cushion was a bit tougher because it's attached to the back of the chair so I had to basically sew that to size and then pull it over the seat and cut some holes into the side of the fabric where the armrest connects. I have an urge to sand the chair down now because I'd love to get the orange tinge off and reveal the nice wood underneath but given my previous track record sanding things to their demise I will stay well clear off my beloved little sanding machine!

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10 comments:

Fippa said...

Yes, you are very clever indeed! And very persistent too..I would have lost the plot with the thickness factor of the coffee bags and gone away to sulk. Well done!

Belly Designs said...

Great idea!Looks amazing..not sure i would like to sit on it naked though...ooo very itchy and scratchy :)

natacha lee said...

I wanted to do the same with our *ugly* *uncomfortable* vinyl couch and armchairs, unfortunately my other half said no because he recons it's not comfortable... THey look so good though!

Tania said...

Clever chook. I'm sure it's quite comfy sitting on CLEAN SOUND AND NEWness. Loving that typographic print in the background, by the way.

gretchenmist said...

it looks really great!

Steph said...

It looks brilliant! Love it!! And you have done such a fab job. Clever you! Wishing you a fantastic Friday lounging about in that chair reading a new magazine and drinking copious amounts of tea :)

Amanda said...

This is just awesome..Love it!

teddybearswednesday said...

The pillows are utterly divine, I really really love them xo

Cath @ chunkychooky said...

love love love this!!!

miranda18may said...

You are SOOOOOO clever !!!
It looks fantastic - love it.
M xxx