Thursday, August 4, 2011

Grain Sack Chair Covers

As we are counting down the days until school starts I keep thinking of new projects that I want to get finished before next week.  I've been wanting to spruce up my very boring breakfast area.  I love all of the things that you see in blogland made of antique grain sacks.  I decided that I wanted to make some chair covers for my breakfast table chairs out of grain sacks.  I went onto Ebay to see if I could find some.  WHOA, those things are expensive.  I could buy new chairs for the price of a grain sack.  So I chose to make my own version.  You are going to love what I used:


I found both of these at my local Walmart.  And let me tell you, if you have never made anything out of a canvas dropcloth (I hadn't) you have no idea what you are missing.  You get a buttload (in case you don't know, that means alot!) of fabric for less than $10.00! 

I found out that a standard pillowcase fits perfectly over my chairs so that is what I used for my pattern.  I cut the front and back.  Another great thing about the dropcloth is that it is hemmed all the way around.  I used this as my hem for the inside of the covers.  I knew I wanted to add a ruffle to the back.  Once I had my pieces cut out, I went out to my new favorite site, The Graphics Fairy, and found four french designs.  I printed them out onto the transfer paper (don't forget to reverse your image) and ironed them onto the back pieces.



Next, I cut out an eight inch strip of fabric and folded it in half for my ruffle.  Because the fabric was so fabric I couldn't use gather them using a stitched thread.  I had to gather them by hand.  Never did that before, but it turn out great!




I sewed on the ruffle, then topstitched to make it look nice.  Last I pieced it together like a pillowcase and VOILA...



my version of a grain sack chair cover (I have no idea where that stripe of sunlight is coming from).

I used a different graphic on all four because I didn't want them so matchy, matchy.  Here is picture of all four.


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11 comments:

Stacy said...

Kelley,
Those are so cute!! I love them! Stacy Norris (childhood buddy :)

KATHY said...

Those are so gorgeous!

Kathy

Something Nice and Pretty said...

Visiting from WOW's love your grain sack chairs, a really great job on them!

Miss Char said...

A really great project, I'm working on drop cloth right now too and your so right its a lot of fabric for $10. Thanks so much for sharing, I think I need some of these to go with my drop cloth tablecloth.

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

They turned out great! I love the ruffle and the transfer! What a great new look for your chairs.

Visiting from WUW. : )

Heaven's Walk said...

What a beautiful job, Kelley! I'm jealous of your sewing abilities! What type of transfer paper do you use? I'd love to try this! :)

xoxo laurie

Rosemary@villabarnes said...

They look wonderful. Nice job.

Kelley said...

Thank y'all and thanks for visiting my blog! @Laurie - I used Avery Light Fabric Transfers. I found it with the copy paper at Walmart.

Deborah March said...

Absolutely positively LOVE these chair covers!!! "Imitation is the most sincere form of flattery," right? Just remember that when I use your post for inspiration! Drop cloths...aren't they just the GREATEST!?

Deborah
visiting from
upcyclingmylife.blogspot.com

Debra said...

So cute! I love the idea of using the pillowcase as a pattern. I just bought some drop cloth and am getting ready to use it. Can't wait!

Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

This is so charming and sweet~ I love how they came out~ the ruffle is darling!! Thanks for linking up at FNF :)