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Learn. How to Weave a Chair Seat With Fabric.

Posted by christy in Tutorials | Upcycling

Meet Lisa, our guest blogger for today! I know Lisa from my local knitting group. She’s super funny and always has the best stories from her adventures in teaching Kindergarten. Enjoy this post from her!

My name is Lisa. I’m a teacher, knitter, quilter, and all around crafter. During the summer months, I tend to find myself neck deep in ongoing projects and I blog about them here.
A month or so ago I found a chair for sale. It was a beautiful wooden number with a rattan seat. The seat needed reworking (which I had never done) but the chair itself was sturdy and had such beautiful lines, I couldn’t pass it up.
I knew I had to repair the seat, but wasn’t sure how. After walking through my favorite fabric store ever, The Cosmic Cow, and drooling on a new fabric I was considering eloping with, the idea came to me. I’d incorporate the print into the seat.

woven chair

  • Here’s what you need:
  • 100 feet cotton clothesline cording (must be cotton)
  • 2 yards of fabric (pre-cut jelly rolls purchased from quilting stores will work if you’re not interested in taking the time to cut the strips)
  • matching cotton thread
  • sewing machine
  • ironing board & iron
  • chair

After cutting the fabric into 2 1/2 inch strips, iron them as if they were bias tape (folding the cut strip in half the long way and ironing), open the strip, fold each half in half again and iron. (you will have four equal sections after final ironing) This will hide the long side raw edges.
Next, you will wrap each ironed strip around the clothesline cord like a burrito. I found it easiest to position the cording in the center of the strip, folding the right half over first, followed by the left. Make sure to fold the beginning of each strip over to hide the short side raw edges and sew down the center of the wrapped cording using a straight stitch.
For my chair, I used the entire 100 foot strand of cording.

Below are pictures of the ‘naked’ chair and the different stages of weaving.

Here is the chair sans webbing. It received a good scrubbing then I stained the dowels in case any of them showed through after installing the new seat.

Prior to securing cording to the chair, I found the half-way point on the cording and marked it. I wanted to make sure I had enough for both sides of the chair.

I stapled the cording to the bottom of the dowel using a staple gun.

I wrapped the cording around the chair tightly. You can see the rope I used to mark the 1/2 way point. I decided that if I ran out of cording before finishing wrapping in one direction, I would space it out evenly. Fortunately, that didn’t happen.

I stapled the cording to the chair and cut. Using the same wrapping method, wrap the chair in the opposite direction but weave as you go. I made sure to weave the upper and lower part of the seat. Pull tightly as you go. I figured the fibers would loosen the more the chair was used.

This part is not for weak fingers. My fingers began to get sore trying to squeeze as many weaves as I could into the seat. I would up getting a knitting needle and using it to help me pull the cording. The end of the needle (not the point) was great for hooking the cord when the space got too small for my fingers.

When I couldn’t weave another row, I spaced the cording out evenly in both directions.

This is my favorite craft project of the summer. It was lots of fun to do. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me via my blog and I’ll do my best to answer them. Have fun!

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7 Responses

  • Rachel@oneprettything.com says:

    Wow, what a fun idea. I really like the woven look. I'll be linking.

  • Melissa says:

    I really love this chair!

  • Nancy says:

    I just love how you repaired the chair in such a beautiful way. I do have a few questions: Sewing through the clothes line must be a little tricky- – it flattens it out a little?
    And, when you say make sure to weave the upper and the lower part of the seat, it’s all in one step, right? Over 2, under 2?
    Thanks so much for your help and the inspiration to try this. Nancy from Marietta, GA

  • Vicki C says:

    Oh my goodness!! Thank you so much. I have been looking for a long time for these instructions. Thank You so much for sharing.

  • kelly says:

    I have two questions, do I sew the 21/2″ strips together to make 2 long 50′ stirps? what is the best way to keep the rope in the cener while I sew it? it kept slipping. when finished how wide should the strip with rope in it be?

  • Linda says:

    Thanks so much for posting these instructions. I had purchased an old ladder back chair last summer from a yard sale which needs repairing. A good project for me to start : )

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