Disclosure: No needles and thread were used in the making of this project. But I did stab myself with a staple, burn my fingers with hot glue and bang my fingernail with the hammer. All in a day’s work as a no-sew blogger and crafter.
I have a confession to make.
I don’t sew.
In a pinch, I can sew on a button, and use a machine to stitch a straight line. That is, if I owned a sewing machine. Or ever replaced our missing buttons.
That’s probably why Barb from The Everyday Home invited me to be part of the No-Sew Decorating Showcase.
I was a perfect candidate, except the other ladies participating all have mad sewing skills.
Ann from On Sutton Place has an etsy shop where she sells her hand-sewn creations. Suzy from Worthing Court used to have her own drapery workroom. Barb used to teach decor classes for a major fabric retailer. And have you seen the creations Deb from Confessions of a Plate Addict and Yvonne from Stone Gable whip up with their sewing machines on a daily basis?
These ladies work with fabric all the time, and I don’t. So I was quaking in my flip-flops at the thought of participating in this showcase.
But my flip-flops gave me an idea. And then I remembered a ladderback chair, desperately in need of a makeover, that I’d picked up at a yard sale. And I’d just gotten in the new Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint colors, including that gorgeous dark navy, Artissimo. And navy reminded me of one of my favorite outfits, a navy top and coral pants. And then I started thinking of my favorite Kate Spade shoes. And a fabric sample I got from OnlineFabricStore.net at Haven…
And a no-sew decorating project was born.
I painted that boring ladderback chair with two coats of Artissimo milk paint, then did a little light distressing, before sealing it with a coat of hemp oil, buffed to a shine.
The chair seat wore three layers of old, ugly upholstery. I used a screw driver and some pliers to remove the 4,000 staples holding the old layers of upholstery on. Luckily, the foam was still in good shape, so I reused it.
The Abigail Flamingo fabric sample I received in my Haven goodie bag was the perfect complement to the navy blue chair. I’m glad I didn’t swap my fabric after all!
No sewing required for this eupholstery project; I just used my stapler to attach the fabric.
With the new seat and paint job, the chair looked pretty snazzy — much better than in its original state. (My phone ate the before photos I know I took!)
But since this was a project inspired by fashion, namely the coral capris and navy polka-dotted blouse you see in the background of the photo below, I needed to kick things up a notch.
And what makes a good outfit great? Accessories!
I whipped up some rosettes using scrap fabric and jute webbing, then hot glued them to a band of jute webbing that I wrapped around the chair. (It’s hot glued, too, but completely removable.)
Here she is again – a ladderback chair dressed to the nines in navy and coral damask and wearing a one-of-a-kind fabric and jute flower necklace.
Be sure to check out the other projects in the No-Sew Decorating Showcase.
No-Sew Monogrammed Throw by Stone Gable
No-Sew Burlap Lavender Sachets by On Sutton Place
No-Sew Changeable Pillow Covers by Worthing Court
No-Sew Basket Liners by Confessions of a Plate Addict
No-Sew Roman Shade by The Everyday Home
Here are a few of my other no-sewing skills required projects: