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Reupholster a Chair with Colorful Denim

Reupholster a chair and give it a bright and fun new ‘seat.’ This is really easy to do, and we’re going to show you how . . . with a pair of denim pants!

Learn how to upcycle a pair of colorful pants - reupholster a chair and give it a bright and fun new 'seat.'

I am a sucker for secondhand chairs. Especially when it’s got some character, with room to add my own touch.

I found this beauty at the thrift store last week for $7. And although it started off with a dated mauve cushion, I couldn’t reset the wicker back.

I wanted to keep things green with the cushion, so I grabbed a pair of colorful pants to give it a new ‘seat.’ If you are looking to reupholster a chair, this is a great idea!

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Reupholster a Chair

Materials

  • Chair with removable cushion
  • Colorful pants
  • Screwdriver
  • Box cutter
  • Staple gun
  • Sewing machine & scissors (not shown)
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Steps 1 & 2: Flip the chair over and remove the cushion, saving screws for later. Use the box cutter to cut the old fabric from the bottom of cushion.

Steps 3-5: Cut the pant legs leaving enough excess to fold over cushion. Cut the inseam of each pant leg, remove the unneeded front of the pants, fold the top of the leg over and use fabric leftovers to fill in the triangle below, sewing all the edges down.

Lay your cushion on the fabric panel you’ve just created and fold the pants over the edge and staple in place.

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Learn how to upcycle a pair of colorful pants - reupholster a chair and give it a bright and fun new 'seat.'

Step 6: Place the cushion back on the chair frame and screw together!

Learn how to upcycle a pair of colorful pants - reupholster a chair and give it a bright and fun new 'seat.'

Now you have a fun and quirky, eco-friendly addition for your home!

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Eryn Ivey

Thursday 12th of February 2015

What a neat and thrify idea!