I like projects and everyone knows this about me, especially my family. The other day I stopped by my parent house to help my dad with something and ending up being there most of the day and obviously coming home with a project. I always go intending to be there maybe an hour and end up staying for several hours. I usually go shopping while I’m there. This consist of me walking around my parents house asking if their stuff can take a vacation at my house for awhile. Eventually when I’m tired of it I will return it to where I found it or put it in my “storage unit” at my parents house aka my old bedroom. This particular day I came home with a rusty loaf pan I intend to use for something and this rocking chair that needs a bit of work.
This chair was my dad’s rocking chair when he was little. It’s the perfect size right now for my nephew so my dad asked if I could give it a seat. Naturally, I do just about anything my dad asks me to do and when it comes to my nephew the answer is always yes. I just love that little guy I can’t help it. He is almost three and he already rolls his eyes and sighs all the time, unintentionally I’m sure. I have no idea where he got this from….. haha that’s not real, my dad, my brother and I all do it. Anyways, back to the chair. I took it home with me and told my dad I would figure it out.
The last time I weaved something was……..I’m pretty sure elementary school when I made a pot holder. It’s a pretty basic concept, if you have done it once you can do it again I’m sure. I decided to make the seat out of left over canvas drop cloth from the DIY Upholstered Bed and Headboard. You could use any kind of fabric, alternate the colors whatever your heart desires. I’m obsessed with neutrals at the moment so the drop cloth was a perfect fit. I cut it into two inch strips. How many you are going to need is going to depend on how big your chair is and the same with how long they are. They will need to be able to wrap around the chair’s seat and tie tight with a bit of a tail, between an inch and an inch and a half. I cut strips as I went so that I wouldn’t cut too many and waste.
First you want to start with tying your strips across the seat. You want them to be tight but not so tight that you can’t move them around. I tied all my knots on the front and moved them underneath after each piece. You want to try and get as many in there as you can, scrunch them together to help you get more strips in. You want to have a nice tight weave. I think I ended up with 14 across.
After you have all your horizontal strips tied on your chair you are ready to start putting your vertical ones in and start the weaving process. I started on the left side and worked my way over to the right. I took my strip of fabric and went in and out in between the pieces of fabric and flipped the chair over doing the same on the bottom, ending with a tight knot. I found that it was easiest for me to do one piece front and back before I started on the next piece. After I tied the knot I would make sure it was scrunched to the left and tucked my tails in. After you have a couple of these in your will start to see the weave pattern. Make sure you are alternating your pattern and checking it so that you don’t skip a piece.
Continue with your weave and keep scrunching to the left. Like I said before you want a tight weave so the seat doesn’t sag. Make sure you are tucking in those tails as you go.
This is what the bottom will look like with all the tails tucked in. You don’t have to tuck them if you don’t want to. You will be able to see the extra fabric hanging below the chair if you don’t. If thats the look you are going for then don’t tuck. I didn’t want to be able to see them.
This project only took me about a hour and it was super easy. I had Keegan test it out to make sure the seat would hold well and there were no issues. I love how it turned out. I love the way the canvas drop cloth looks. I like that it is a durable fabric and that it has a soft neutral look. What do you guys think about how it turned out? Any thoughts feel free to leave me a comment. Thanks for coming by the blog today.