My good friend Brooke L. kindly gave me this pretty chair that was from her grandparents old house. I knew the seat cover would need reupholstering, but was debating for a while whether or not to paint the wood. In the end, I decided against it – how could I paint over that glossy cherry color?? I couldn’t. After a visit to my local (newly discovered) fabric store, I found the perfect, deep royal purple velvet to compliment that dark, shiny wood.
Instead of just covering the cushion with a solid pattern, I decided to cut the fabric in diagonal strips and sew them together to give it more texture and a little contrast. It turned out exactly how I envisioned (which does not always happen). Needless to say, I love it.
Keep reading for the tutorial on how to make the diagonal-cut fabric design. Then see my Chair Upholstery Tutorial here for how I reupholstered this chair.
- 1 yard (could be more depending on your cushion size) of yummy fabric (I used non-stretchy velvet)
- fabric chalk to trace (although I’m pretty sure it’s the same as regular chalk, just in a different shape)
- ruler (yardstick ruler would be best) (and yes I forgot to include it in the supplies picture, oops)
Flip the fabric over to the back (non-velvet) side. Using your fabric chalk, measure from the corner of your fabric about 3 inches, place a dot there. Repeat. Then draw lines going diagonal (see picture above).
Using your sewing machine, carefully sew a straight line to connect the pieces. Repeat with remaining strips. (you can surge or zig-zag stitch afterwards to make it stronger/more sturdy, but it’s not necessary).
Once your fabric is all sewn together, don’t freak out that the ends are kind of crooked (I sewed the wrong order of pieces ok!). These will be tucked under and trimmed off anyway, so no once will ever know! Then, follow my previous Chair Reupholster Tutorial here to attach your newly textured pattern.
Now take a seat, or better yet, just admire your new pretty, updated chair.