Monday, July 11, 2011

Crazy 'Ol Bird

this latest project was by far my most challenging. An arm chair with back and seat cushions sewn! after examining the pictures i was proposed with, i decided that i was up for the challenge. Here's the before:

the fabric that she chose was a print called 'crazy 'ol bird'. she also wanted contrasting cording to go with it. she brought over a bolt of 7 yards, but i had to go and fetch the rust color to make the cording still. i was excited to do a different and more colorful piece. however, i knew that this was going to be a lot of work...custom cording, sewing, learning, upholstering. so i began to shed the old fabric

once that was done, i started on cutting out the fabric

i took a break from the upholstery part, and decided to take on the part that i was fearing...the cushions. i also happened to have gotten this job the same week that i started a new job, and had to dog sit at a different location than where i was keeping the chair. at the time, it felt like this was never going to get done. but with a little determination, i pressed on. after watching some detailed how to videos, i learned the process to make zippered couch cushions. i went to steve's mom once again to use her amazing bernina sewing machine to zip through this.

VOILA!!!!!!!!!! mission accomplished. one of my biggest upholstery fears has been conquered:

check out that fancy hidden zipper

in the mean time, i decided that the waterfall skirt on the chair looked outdated, and i also realized that there wouldn't be enough fabric for one. luckily, i emailed her to see if she really wanted that skirt, and she said new feet instead would be more exciting. YES!!! now i get to go favorite part. i took a picture of about 8 different feet for her, and we decided on this one: it's back to upholstering. this was probably a record for how fast i got this chair done...a few hours one evening, and a few hours the next afternoon. i started with the arm

then onto the back

once i finished the arms and back i moved on to the backside of the chair

then i finished up the underside of the arms and the cording

once i finished the cording, i finished off the arms, flipped it over, and THE BEST PART:

put the black cover on the bottom...the tell tale sign of BEING FINISHED. i was pretty excited about attaching the it goes...

they look awesome....and so does the chair! the back cushion was a triumph as it took about 1/4 of the time that the bottom cushion took. here is the end result:


  1. Wow. It's amazing, first of all, how different that chair looks with that fabric. When it had the original fabric, it looked like a medium-sized chair. With the bird fabric it looks giant! I love that fabric! And congrats to you for taking on all this new stuff and getting such an amazing result. Yeah!

  2. Now this is crazy!!! How cute! I could never pull this off without a professional. Love it!

  3. I love the fabric and your chair looks like a new piece all together! Well done! I host a decorating party at my blog on the weekends if you would like to come share sometime! :)

  4. I am very impressed. It came out amazing. I will be featuring it at my Sizzle into Summer party tonight at 8pm EST. Please stop by and pick up an I've Been Featured button. Thanks.

  5. I love the fabric! I am so impressed with people who can do their own upholstry, would love to learn one day:)!

  6. I love this!!!!!
    I am thinking of making 15 foot long curtains out of this..
    Do u think it would go well with turquoise?

    I also really like the autumn version of this...have you seen it?

    Which one do u think would look better with turquoise (if they do)

    Thanks for sharing.