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Sunday, November 10, 2013

A Transformation and a Question

I was at the beauty shop last week not getting my hair cut....well, that sounds crazy doesn't it?  :)  I'm trying to let my hair grow a bit since I kept it a couple of inches long all summer and now it's getting cold out and so is my neck.  I remember years ago my husband's grandmother saying in the car, "Close the window, the breeze is making my neck cold."  I thought that was the craziest thing until I got to be, well the age I am now.  Anyway, while not getting my hair cut I was sitting in a chair waiting and had my feet on a small stool the beautician keeps there for short people to put their feet on while drying their hair.  I commented that I needed a stool like that in my bedroom but hadn't had any luck finding one.  I just wanted a small used one I could recover and the flea  market I'd been to the week before was fresh out.  Or maybe they'd never had one, what do I know.  To make this long story a bit shorter she gave me one she had but couldn't use because it didn't slide under the dryer chair - too tall.  What do you think?

Not bad, right?  It's a little taller than I wanted but it works....I have a rocker there where I like to sit in the mornings doing my Bible study and prayer time.  Now the only things I've ever recovered have been chairs and they were easy peasy.  Turn them over, remove the screws holding the padded seat on, put new fabric on, staple it underneath, put the seat back on the chair, put the screws back in, turn the chair right side up and there you have it.  Much to my surprise....I turn this stool over and there are no screws.  Nary a one.  I have no idea how that padded top is held on there.  No.  Idea.  So I improvised and made a "throw" for the top.  I love this fabric - it's part of a line of fabric I also used on my pillow shams.


And since I'm a quilter at heart, not a reupholsterer (is that a word because on my screen it's underlined in red), I quilted the top.

Now for the question part of this post.  The corners stick out.  It's not horrible but I wanted them to drape.  Are they sticking out because I put batting in the whole thing?  Or for some other unknown reason?  And whatever the reason is there a way to fix that?  Without taking the whole thing apart I mean.  Because I'm pretty sure I'm not going to take it apart.  Hmmm, not pretty sure, real sure.

18 comments:

ga447 said...

I love the fabric you have chosen - it matches the chair so well.

Carol Stearns said...

Pleat the fabric in the corners and sew a button or ties in the corner to hold tightened. In other words, push the fabric at the corners inward to make a pleat there.nm

Tammy said...

Fold the pleats in at the corners turn the whole thing upside down and maybe staple the fabric underneath.

Vroomans' Quilts said...

I have the same thought as Carol.

Lesley said...

Sounds like you have lots of help! Love your quilted cover!

Molly said...

You know when you make a bag you square the corners? You could do that with your cover so it slipped over the seat like a glove...

Grammy Staffy said...

I tried to send you a comment a few min. ago but it didn't load. I hope this one will. I love the fabric and the quilting. You could fit the corners by taking out the extra fabric and making a curved seam to fit the corners. I think that would look nice. Hugs, Lura

Julie Fukuda said...

Whatever you do, it will be just great!

Mrs. Goodneedle said...

I believe it to be lovely as is, if the corners bug you could try Carol's suggestion... what a lucky 'find'!

Marge said...

Stitch the corner pleats down to make it fitted, or treat like a bag and square off the corners on the inside to make it fitted. And it's not attached to the stool so you can take the cover off to wash it.

Belinda said...

Well, whatever you do to it, it's lovely as it is. :)

FlourishingPalms said...

What a nice story! It's great to see how you've repurposed this stool. I have two ideas for keeping the corners down. Are you a tassel girl? You could just sew a tassel to each corner so the weight would hold them down. Or, my favorite, would be to sew a girl's hair tie to each corner and then slip a stool leg through each one. Doable? (By the way, I tried twice to comment here through Bloglovin' with my IPhone. Nothing showed up, so I'm commenting now from my Macbook.)

Needled Mom said...

How on earth can that top not come off???? Hmmmm. I would lay the top on the ground - underside to the ground - and lay the stool down on top of it. Then fold the corners up to square it off while pinning it square. Sew along the pins and then it becomes a box to place over the top. It would be an easy fix.

Cathy said...

Marlene this link might be helpful.
http://madeinaday.com/2012/01/10/ottoman-upholstery-updo/

Barb said...

I wish I knew the answer...sorry...but what score..

Gmama Jane said...

I like the ideas given to square off the corners somehow..it would look more fitted. I love the stool since I'm a short person who needs a stool like that for my feet.

desertskyquilts said...

What about stitching two buttons in the center of each narrower side, then stitching elastic hair bands underneath the corners. Then you could tuck the extra in and fasten the hairband around the button, maybe? I love the whole idea, though I can't imagine how the top is held on.

pixilatedtoo said...

I can see that the chair has obviously been reupholstered in the past, and the patina on the wood suggests that it may be quite old. If it is... the frame will have been pegged to hold the top into place!

If I am right, then the top should just pop off. Turn it over and press down on the wooden bottom while pulling up on its legs. If it is pegged it should come off fairly easily!

I hope this helps you! ~ Lynda