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Goodwill Home Décor Expert - Merri Cvetan

Merri Cvetan

My weekly column for Amazing Goodwill and my design blog, Design Coach, are about all things design, living a stylish life and entertaining (like setting a great table). I share DIY projects, decorating and design tips, as well as ideas and secrets.

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The Dynamics of Denim for Seat Covers

Posted by Jamie Klinger-Krebs on Jun 11, 2015 3:05:00 PM

Denim-Chair-Seat250Wicker-Chair-250I have a screened-in porch that we use all summer. It’s my favorite place to be when the weather is warm. We eat, relax and entertain on our porch. Over the years, I’ve collected an assortment of wicker chairs, white and brown, old and even-older! (I personally like the patina of old, chipped paint).

The seat cushions are another matter. Fabrics fade and wear out. Looking for a cost-effective solution to covering several seats, I decided on re-purposing blue jeans. They’re inexpensive at Goodwill and will wear like iron.

Denim skirts and jeans in larger sizes provide more fabric. Look for styles with interesting pockets, buttons and trim.

I cut open the back seam of a skirt and laid it on the cushion. Make sure the button placket is centered. In order for the back of the cushion to be covered, I had to sew extra, scrap pieces of denim to the sides.

Denim-Skirt-250Denim-Skirt-Chair-Cover300Fold the sides toward the bottom. With heavy-duty thread, sew the two pieces together.

Denim-Chair-Cover-Step-1-300Finish by wrapping the front and back ends like you would a gift package. Secure with needle and thread. 

Voila! My vintage chair has a new seat cover. Denim goes perfectly with white wicker and summer parties and should look good for years to come.

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Topics: merri home interior expert, Merri Cvetan, denim repurposing, chair recovering

  • Denim chair seat

    My vintage chair has a new seat cover. Denim goes perfectly with white wicker and summer parties and should look good for years to come.

  • Wicker chair

    The seat cushions on old wicker chairs wear out and fabrics fade after time. Looking for a cost-effective solution to covering several seats, I decided on re-purposing blue jeans. They’re inexpensive at Goodwill and will wear like iron.

  • Denim skirt

    Denim skirts and jeans in larger sizes provide more fabric. Look for styles with interesting pockets, buttons and trim.

  • denim skirt chair cover

    I cut open the back seam of a skirt and laid it on the cushion. Make sure the button placket is centered. In order for the back of the cushion to be covered, I had to sew extra, scrap pieces of denim to the sides.

  • denim skirt cover step 1

    Fold the sides toward the bottom. With heavy-duty thread, sew the two pieces together.

  • denim skirt chair cover step 2

    Fold the sides toward the bottom. With heavy-duty thread, sew the two pieces together.

  • denim skirt chair cover step 3

    Voila! My vintage chair has a new seat cover. Denim goes perfectly with white wicker and summer parties and should look good for years to come.