These types of Eames knock-off chairs have seen their fair share of new upholstery. I’ve seen cowhide, wools and patterns of all kinds, but never denim. Before this project, if you said the words denim and upholstery in the same sentence, I would cringe and run away. But this denim chevron print created by Jody is totally winning me over! It fits the owner’s fun, eclectic, vintage style, and it’s so well crafted — clearly a labor of love that has paid off handsomely. I think it’s great, and I’ll never cast off the idea of denim again. Although I will say (and I’m sure Jody would agree), it’s all in the execution. Great job, Jody! — Kate
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Read more about Jody’s retro lounge chair makeover after the jump!
Time: 40 hours
Basic Steps: First, I took the chair apart and removed the old vinyl upholstery. I used the vinyl to make patterns for the new fabric. I cut those patterns out of a dark blue backing fabric and drew my vertical placement lines for the chevron pattern.
I bought 6 pairs of jeans from Goodwill in different shades of blue and then cut those up until I had flat pieces of denim with no seams. I cut the denim into 7-inch long strips with mitered ends cut at 45-degree angles. I cut hundreds of those strips! Then I laid the strips on the backing fabric in the chevron pattern and used heat-set fabric glue to hold them in place. I checked my placement with a right angle frequently to make sure I was keeping things square. I then topstitched all the strips to the backing, using a zigzag stitch.