- This post is going to be very long and have way too many pictures.
- While this is supposed to be a tutorial, it probably won't make very much sense at all.
- Really, I have no sewing skills. If I can do it, you can do it.
So to get started, first I panicked and then I pinned (as in, consulted Pinterest). I found two great tutorials (this one and this one) and decided to mix those methods for my plan of attack.
Step 1: Rip some seams
I used my seam ripper to pull apart the top backy piece and the bottom piece. This left me with the inserts for the back and bottom and pieces that I could use as a pattern.
Step 2: Make a Pattern
For this project, we wanted some nice soft, baby friendly fabric. Although, it is not upholstery fabric, I picked up some black minky dot fabric from Hobby Lobby (love their sales!). I got 3 1/4 yards and had a lot left over. I think 2 1/2 yards would have worked. So, back to work... I laid my old pieces out and pinned them to my new fabric and cut (generously) around them.
This step can also we called: here's where it starts to get complicated... but not really. So, if you look at the original glider, you'll see all these nice seams on the back piece. Since I planned to use the fluffy back piece (like in this tutorial), I figured I should add the seams. I found out the hard way (I snapped a needle) that the best way to do this is to use a heavy duty needle and just gently follow the seam lines that are already laid out.
|So (sew?), this is the fluffy back piece pinned to my fabric. I essentially just sewed into these lines to secure the fluffy piece to my new fabric.|
|I know its hard to see, but the lines are there! Success!|
So now I have one backy piece attached to a fluffy piece and I need to attach the other backy piece, essentially making a giant, oddly shaped pillow case. I pinned my pieces wrong side in and realized something amazing- since my fluffy piece was part of the original piece, I could see exactly where the original was sewn. This allowed me to use this old seam as a guide and meant that I was exactly reproducing the original.
|See- all I had to was follow the seam...|
And once those were put together, I just had to flip the whole thing right side out...
|Not bad for someone who can't sew!|
Step 5: The bottom
The bottom piece was very much like the top, except there was no fluffy piece. Since following the existing seam worked so well, I decided to try that again. Basically, I flopped my fabric together wrong side in and pinned my patterny piece on top.
Step 6: The Side Pieces
These were possibly the hardest thing to figure out about this whole project. This is where I started following this tutorial. I didn't want to take these pieces apart because I wanted to be able to use the snaps that were already in place. I started by roughly tracing these guys on the wrong side of my fabric.
Step 7: Finishing the Edges and Closing her Up
Since all of my pieces has an unfinished edge, I clearly needed to do something about that. I carefully folded the edge under and zipped in a quick hem.
Step 8: Those stupid little side pieces...
Okay, so my side pieces are tricky- they are attached to the chair by snaps at the top and the bottom. Since the bottom was open, it was easy to snap those babies in. Following my tutorial, I cut slits in the already sewn top part to expose the snaps.
|If you look closely, you can see the snap|
Step 9: Secure the back...
Since the back is so tall, it has to be secured or it will flop over. To do this, I put the back in the chair and marked where I wanted to secure it.
But seriously, kudos to anyone who can follow this convoluted tutorial. More than anything, I hope this inspires y'all to tackle projects that are way out of your league (because sometimes they turn out okay). Anyone else insanely proud of a project?