This sewing tutorial will show you how to make your own papasan chair cover!
With garage sale season in full swing, right now is the perfect time to be on the lookout for some amazing Trash to Treasure Projects.
I love making cool stuff out of trash, or taking things that are looking a little worn and dated and giving them new life.
That is, if your husband will “let” you attend garage sales.
Mine is apparently highly encouraging a hiatus from garage sales this season… something to do with “doing something with all the junk we already have stored in the garage”…
Not sure what that is all about.
Luckily I do have some DIY projects “stored” and just itchin’ for a makeover.
Like today’s project: my DIY Papasan Chair Cover gave new life to an old papasan chair.
I couldn’t believe how easy it was to make, and it’s now the star of our gorgeous deck overlooking the lake.
All you need, aside from an old papasan chair (with a cushion in reasonable condition), is a couple of yards of your favourite fabric, scissors, a felt pen, a sewing machine, and a good old fashioned needle and thread.
DIY Sewing Tutorial
This papasan chair was given to us last summer by some friends of ours who were trying to clean up their basement. It had originally been handed down to them from some friends, and it had been loved for many years. The cushion had been replaced and was in pretty decent shape, but I wanted to use the chair outdoors for the summer months so I chose to recover the cushion in this beautiful OUTDOOR fabric. I picked it up at my local Fabricland – but it is a Richloom Solarium fabric, perfect for the Westcoast elements.
Measure your cushion and figure out how much fabric you will need to cut and cover both sides of it. My original cushion measures around 54″ across, maybe slightly less, so I bought about 4 meters of fabric to start with – but discovered that I really only needed about 3 max to sew this. Even less, perhaps. I had enough left over to make that cute little pouf you see in the finished images- more about that to come soon.
Lay down your cushion, and trace all the way around it – about 2 inches out from the edge – with a pen that you can see well enough that you can later cut along the line.
Once it has been traced onto the fabric, you can move the cushion and cut along the line.
You end up with a large circular shape (more like an oval, not perfect, but it worked out fine in the end once it was all stuffed full of cushion).
I used that cut out shape to trace the second half – depending on the pattern of your fabric, you may wish to flip this “template” piece over and trace with it facing in the same direction as the pattern on the second piece.
Again, trace the shape and then cut along the traced lined.
Once both your circles are cut, pin them “right” sides together (so that the two pretty sides of the fabric are facing in and the plain backs are facing out).
Then you are going to sew along the circular shape – with a hem about 1/2-1″ inside the edge – I chose to use a more secure stitch then usual because this is almost like and upholstery cushion. I felt it needed to have some additional strength to the stitch.
Sew sew sew….
You can see here about the size of the space I left open. Once you have stitched up about 3/4 of your “circle”, flip it inside out and then stuff it with your papapsan cushion.
Now is time to finish it off with some hand stitching. Thread up that needle and stitch the cushion closed- folding down the edges so as to create a neat finished edge as you stitch it together. Knot if off… and there you are!
What do you think?
I love the stunning transformation!
It became such a cute, funky, eclectic addition to our deck. My boys and the hubs LOVE it for it’s comfort factor.
I’m pretty thrilled with this transformation. I almost didn’t think this big ol’beauty of a chair had a spot in our home, after being given it, but it turns out we found the perfect place. And all it took was a couple of meters of outdoor fabric and about an hour of cutting and sewing time. I couldn’t believe how easy this DIY sewing project was!
Do you have an old Papasan chair to recover?
Some of my blogging friends have joined me today for a Trash to Treasure Challenge.
Check out their amazing projects!!
Faux Mercury Glass Vases from The DIY Mommy
DIY Marshmallows Roasting Sticks from Fynes Designs
Papasan Chair Cover Turorial from The Happy Housie
Cobalt Blue Glass Vase Birdbath from Time with Thea
Reclaimed Wood Towel Bar from Joy In Our Home
How To Make a Fairy Garden from Life Is A Party
Reclaimed Headboard from New House New Home New Life
Any trash to treasure projects happening around your place these days? I’d love to hear about them!