Over the weekend I recovered some dining chairs at Rick & Jodi’s house. She had this adorable antique set, but the old fabric just wasn’t working, especially with the nautical inspiration we were drawing from.
Remember this fabric that we picked out last week?
When you’re working with a stripe, obviously it’s important to keep the stripes straight, but for something this small, you don’t need to get all Rocket Scientist about it. Eyeballing it is my preferred method of dining room chair re-covering.
Start by making sure the fabric is straight and lay the seat down straight on top of it. Secure with one staple in the middle.
Next, fold over the fabric on the side opposite from where you’re working. You should be able to eyeball that the stripe you started with is “coming out the other side” in a way that it still lines up with your starting point.
Holding the fabric securely, flip the cushion right side up and eyeball it one more time to make sure. In this case, I used the grout lines on the counter sort of as a guide to make sure the stripes are straight.
Jodi picked out this fabric and I am loving it! So much better than the dated paisley.
(Something I am finding just hilarious…? That the stripe looks a bit crooked in the high quality cell phone photo. I promise it’s straight on the chair. Too funny.)