My husband knows my magpie eyes. He knows my tendency to go out to get some milk and come back with a table. On one of my regular Sunday car boot sale visits, I picked up a foot stool with a tilting platform- I hurt my knee a few months back and I wanted something to rest my leg on. And then on a quick round the block dog walk I came back with a chair that was been thrown out during student house rennovations over the summer. Both have proved to be ideal for a little Cotton + Steel canvas upholstery adventure. I started with the easiest project, the foot stool:
It had a rather nasty satiny fabric covering the top and as it was clean, I left that in place as a base and just removed the hinges and took the wooden tilting top off. Then it was simply a question of using a shape gun and hammering the staples into the back. The fabric is Melody Miller 'Gallop' canvas from the Mustang collection.
The whole process took 30 mins tops. Very satisfying! Here it is in situ in our tiny living room.
Next the chair, this was more complex. I cleaned the chair up, vacuumed and wiped it down. I had to patch the seat a little as the material had worn through to the padding so I used some quilt wadding and patched it over the gap. The seat and back rest unscrew and the seat was covered using a staple gun again but the rounded corners needed a little stitching to ease the fabric in. This print is Tiger Stripes canvas in aqua from Alexia Abegg's Hatbox collection and the only UK shop I could find with some in stock is M is for Make.
You can see the gathering technique below- very simple and just used at the rounded corners. I used a long stitch on my machine and Gutermann sew all poly thread as it is strong. I temporarily pinned the fabric in place using very chunky pins and then stapled into the fabric layer underneath and the wooden frame. This is all covered up by another layer of plain cotton with the raw edges turned in and stapled on to neaten everything up.
So far so good, but the back rest was a little more problematic as it was curved and more of it is visible so nowhere to hide staples.
Both pieces of furniture are in use and the fabrics are making us all happy!