When I was a kid my mom sewed most of my clothes and she whipped up some really cute things. I can remember going through a pinafore stage in grade school. I loved those pinafores and my mom made several for me. They had made a come-back in the 60’s people, so don’t judge. My mom also made matching halter-tops for me and my bff. My bff’s mom made some for us too. We loved matching!
My mom tried to turn me into a seamstress. When I was in my early 20’s and broke, she helped me sew some wool suits for my office wardrobe. I still get a little itchy remembering those wool pieces that weren’t lined. I probably should have tried some less ambitious projects because in the end I just got frustrated with how much work was involved and the ‘sewing thing’ just didn’t take.
Although I have absolutely no interest in sewing clothing, every once in a while I do wish I had the sewing skills and equipment necessary for upholstery work or even just for sewing simple pillow covers or curtains. Obviously I don’t wish it badly enough to do something about it though.
Instead, I find ways to cheat!
I suspect that the cane chair that I brought home from a garage sale a few weeks ago originally had a loose cushion for the bottom.
It would be preferable to replace it with another cushion because that would give it a softer, more comfortable seat with some give. But since I can’t sew, I decided to add an upholstered seat similar to those on your typical dining room chair. I started by having Ken cut a base out of plywood. He cut a cardboard template to get the size and shape right, and then just used that to cut the plywood. Then I added a bunch of layers of thick batting and covered it with a feed sack that I picked up at a garage sale (out of the free pile, believe it or not!). I stapled the feed sack on and voila.
It’s perhaps not the perfect solution, but it works for me. I only spent about $6 for this chair. The chair frame was $3 at a garage sale, the grain sack was $0, the plywood seat base was a little less than $3, the batting and the paint were items I had on hand but of course they would add to the cost if you had to buy those supplies.
By the way, I painted the rest of the chair using Miss Mustard Seed milk paint in Linen.
I got a little chipping, but I’m hoping that over time the chair will wear and get even chippier.
What do you think of my cheater chair? Not bad for $6, right?