Here’s a question from a reader, Robin, who was forced to buy a chair while she was out shopping with her very resourceful friend – me! Robin’s house is mid-century modern and she has fabulous taste. This modern rocking chair, which does need fixing will look great in her house. Robin writes:
“I bought an aluminum tubular folding chair at “The Bins” about 5 years ago after some prodding from a friend (you). After a little digging, I found that it is called a NY Rocking Chair and made by the Japanese designer, Takeshi Nii. I looked into getting a new cover made and it was too expensive. I am going to recover it myself with some old army blankets. Do you have a suggestion to keep it from dripping when I put it on the frame?”
Fixing a Modern Rocking Chair
Yes, Robin, I do have advice but first thank you for following your friend’s advice and buying that chair because it’s a fabulous chair and it will look great in your home! Second, well done on not hiring someone to make a new cover for it and tackling the project yourself. And third, thank you for not bringing the chair to my house because I have enough chairs already.
I love the idea of using the old army blankets. Clean the blankets, first, and then make a pattern out of some muslin or other scrap fabric. Also, I’m glad you kept the old cover from the modern rocking chair. Many times, because something is torn or the fabric is rotted, we want to get rid of the item immediately but if you want to make a pattern from the old seat, you must keep the old, torn cover until you can make a pattern. Make sure your pattern fits the chair by using a practice fabric and not your finished fabric.
Next, sew the army blankets together so they’re a double thickness. Pin them together first and then sew rows or channels, about 3” apart. I’m picturing long rows of straight stitches which will help strengthen the fabric. If the blankets are stretchy (some old wool blankets are) you could even add a middle layer of canvas to your wool to keep your fabric strong and not stretchy.
This is a similar project I did to re-make our hammock. The fabric is double layered and then I channel stitched it together at the top, near the grommets. It could have used one more layer of fabric in the body of it but I learn as I sew (or is it go?).
Good luck, Robin, I can’t wait to see how it turns out.
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