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December 12, 2012Mid-Century Up an Ikea Chair – A Mini Tute
I know there are some mid-century purists out there who are not fans of Ikea furniture, however I am not one of them. I think with a little creativity, you can make all kinds of furniture work in your mid-century home.
This is Ella’s chair. It’s the child’s size version of the POÄNG armchair – which was actually a design Ikea introduced in the seventies, so that actually makes the design later mid-century! Although we’ve been looking forever for some actual vintage child-size furniture, what we’ve found has usually been pretty beat up and overpriced. So, we bought this chair, which Ella likes. I was never overly enamoured with the off-white upholstery, though. Especially when the purple Popsicle stain on it didn’t come out in the wash. And not to mention it shrunk. Boo. So I decided it was time to make a new, better fitting, more mid-century cushion for it.
Ella loves owls, so I decided to use the Michael Miller A Tammis Keefe Tribute fabric in Hoot.
I started off by measuring the chair, figuring out how big I wanted the pocket at the top and at the bottom to be, and measuring to where the back of the chair meets the seat. I chose a navy poly cotton twill for the fabric for the pockets, just because those are areas that are going to be under a bit more strain. I sandwiched the pieces all together, with the pocket pieces in the middle, and sewed around, leaving a hole on the side for turning and getting my quilt batting in.
Here’s what you should have – a big rectangle.
With two pockets, one at the top and one at the bottom.
The bottom pocket has Velcro, as the original chair has Velcro to help keep the cushion in place.
Next is to stuff it – I am using 4 layers of thin, 100% cotton quilt batting.
You will want to cut your quilt batting just slightly smaller than your finished cushion, as it will make it lie more smoothly inside.
After you’ve got your cushion stuffed, whip stitch the opening closed by hand. Next, you will want to get your measurement of where the back of the chair meets the seat of the chair. Mark this on the cushion, draw a straight line across. You’re going to stitch along here. (Sorry, I forgot to take a picture of this step!)
After that, I marked a few spots to tuft on the back portion of the cushion. To tuft, just used the eyelet stitch on my machine. This is primarily just to help keep the quilt batting in place. I didn’t do any on the bottom, as the stitching that separates the back and seat of the cushion will keep it in place there.
An additional note – when stitching across the cushion and dong the tufting, if you have a walking foot for your machine, it will make your life a lot easier.
And here’s the new cushion! Much more retro, and since I pre-shrunk everything before I sewed this one, it won’t shrink when I throw it in the dryer, yay!
Any questions or comments, please let me know below.