Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Recovering Cushions for a Glider Rocker...


Some of you may know that the last few months I've been redecorating our play room. It started with a fresh paint job and a herringbone accent wall. Then we added some new carpet to the mix. One of the last things I wanted to accomplish was a redo of our glider rocker. I checked that off the list yesterday.

Once again I forgot to take a proper "before" photo, so I had to rummage through some photos I took recently of my grandkids. I watched three of these kiddos earlier this month while their parents lived it up on a Caribbean cruise. The glider rocker is in the background of the photo -- their car and boat in the foreground. Clearly, these kids have people to see and places to go. Anyway, the upholstery on the glider rocker was shot. One too many has been put to sleep on that rocker, and it was obviously in need of a total face lift.


Here's what a day at the spa can do...


I'm making an appointment for myself at my favorite spa the minute I'm finished typing this post.

I'm trying to create a fun atmosphere in this room where our children and grandchildren can gather and relax as the little ones play.  I chose Premier Prints Small Dandelion in turquoise and white for the fabric. It's a medium weight twill that should hold up nicely for the occasional use it will encounter.I chose this fabric because it picks up one of the colors in the herringbone accent wall behind it.

I used the same technique to recover these cushions as I have in the past. Go here  and here for a tutorial. One simply takes apart the seams of the old fabric covering the cushion and uses that fabric as a pattern piece to cut out the new. Then recover the same cushions with the new fabric.

To delineate the curve where stitching had been on the old cushion, I used covered buttons...


Some cording was covered with fabric to make piping which was inserted in the seams on both the back and seat cushion...


A few tucks were added where old ones had been...


With this makeover, I think this rocker has a few good years left. It's a good thing because I think there will be more grandbabies to rock before we can retire her.


Here's the before and after we all love to see...



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3 comments:

AnnieOf Blue Gables said...

Beautiful Suzanne! I love the choice of fabric and that the pillow matches the wall so nicely. Great job.
~Anita

Gail Wilson said...

amazing transformation Suzanne!!! Love the new look of the rocker, and it looks great in the room.

gail

Tesa W. said...

Wow, great transformation! I know this post is old, but I was just wondering how the fabric has held up after a year? I'm fabric shopping for my own glider and was wondering how the Premier Prints line holds up.