As we have been busily preparing for the birth of our son, we have been getting his room ready. I’ve said it before and will say it again, we are so fortunate to have friends and family that have generously given us their gently used furniture. We received a glider and ottoman from one of my mother’s friends, it’s in great shape, but we weren’t loving the color on the cushions.
But we all know that cushions can be changed and slip covers can be made that will totally transform a piece of furniture!!
So I took an afternoon to recover the cushions and remake the glider into our own. I used a striped fabric with colors that coordinated in the room, some batting, heavy duty thread and traced patterns using brown paper bags or wrapping paper.
I first recovered the ottoman. After removing the rocking apparatus so I could easily access the cushion I was ready to rehab. Using a staple gun I simply wrapped the cushion in a layer of batting and then the fabric and stapled down each edge making sure it was taut and there were no wrinkles. The corners were a little trickier, but were finessed with a little patience.
Next I traced the outline of the seat cushion onto brown paper. I decided to leave holes in the cushion for the velcro fasteners – I didn’t want to take the time to cover those, or completely remake them. I cut out the pattern and sewed the two halves together, leaving enough room to squeeze the cushion inside before sewing it up. The cushion was wrapped in batting the whole way around so that I can flip it over if one side gets worn out.
The back cushion was fashioned in the same way at the seat, except I used old wrapping paper to draw a pattern – simply because it was bigger. I could have hand stitched the cover to the cushion where it was previously quilted, but I decided to leave it loose so that if I want to wash the cover I can simply remove it and then put it back on again without having to wash the whole assembly.
All in all, this was not a difficult project. It took me a few hours and I was figuring out how I was going to do it as I went along, but I was confident before I started that this would not be a challenge. Most glider/ottoman sets will run about $200-$300 at the starting end. We got ours for about $50 in materials (it would have been less if we already had a staple gun). Not bad.
We’re happy with how it turned out, I’ve already taken the chair for a test drive a few times. I find I like to sit in there in the afternoon and knit – it is very comfortable. The dogs seem to like jumping up on the ottoman by my feet – but they don’t like it when it moves, it’s kind of funny to watch.