Our previous DIY post mentioned the genius of former D*S contributor Brittany Watson Jepsen of The House That Lars Built. Coincidentally, a new tutorial from Brittany landed in our inbox, and we couldn’t wait to share it. Using the good old friendship bracelet knot technique (I do not want think about how many of these I’ve made in my life; my big toe hurts at the mere mention of them), Brittany created a beautiful, textural cushion for a spoked chair that can easily be removed, washed or tied off to create a loose pad. I love the look, and it’s a great way to reinvent this classic knotting method on a larger scale. Thanks so much for sharing, Brittany! — Kate
When friendship bracelets started coming back, I was floored at how popular they were becoming again. I just couldn’t bring myself to get back into it, else I somehow revert back to my chubby fifth-grade self. I started thinking how I could apply the same technique to different forms yet still achieve the same beauty of colors and patterns. I first came up with a rug, and now I’ve created a chair cushion. The chair is a perfect vehicle for the technique because the spokes hold it tightly in place. — Brittany
All photographs by Hilda Grahnat
Read the full how-to after the jump!
- chair with spokes
- 2 sets of 8 colors (you can repeat the colors) of fabric in 12″ x 36″ strips (the size will also be determined by the depth of your chair, so get extra and sew it on to extend the length if needed)
1. Decide the order of the colors. I find it best to take a deep color and pair it next to a light color.
2. Take the first two colors and tie them around the outer spoke.
3. Take the next set of colors and tie them around the next spoke. Repeat the same order of colors starting with the opposite side. Repeat until you reach the middle.
4. Start tying by creating a number “4” with the two outer strands of fabric.
5. Take the fabric and go under the “4” you created and tie it to the top.
6. Take the same piece of fabric and go on to the next piece of fabric and do the same tie. Repeat until you get to the middle.
7. Repeat the same process from the other side, making sure you reverse the number 4.
8. With the two pieces of fabric in the middle, tie them together.
9. Take the new outer piece of fabric and repeat the process.
10. Repeat until you get to the end of the chair. I didn’t knot the last colors in the middle so it wouldn’t create a point on the chair.
11. Cut the fabric off at the ends and sew them into each other.
12. Tuck the back ends into the chair so it’s easy to take the cushion on and off.
The best part about the project is that it’s totally washable and can be done using t-shirts or any cast-off fabric pieces. Enjoy!