Hillarys Blinds Country Crafts Competition

A little while ago I came across this post on Craft Blog UK, and I was sold at the title! Hillarys Blinds are running a competition to cut, stitch and blog your way to £1000! Sounds totally amazing, right? Well, I thought so too! Here’s my entry of an upholstered chair with a matching cushion in the gorgeous Patina Pewter fabric…

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For the chair you will need:

  • Hillarys Blinds Country Retreat Fabric in Patina Pewter
  • Chair with detachable cushioned seat
  • Scissors
  • Pliers
  • Screwdriver
  • Sandpaper
  • 2 cloths (1 damp, 1 dry)
  • Paint (I used Homebase Sanctuary in Purest White Eggshell)
  • Staplegun

To begin, remove the seat from the chair using a screwdriver and set aside. Make sure to keep all screws safe for when you re-attach the seat.

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Using a coarse sandpaper, sand the chair fully to remove any layers of old varnish or paint, and create some purchase for when you paint.

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Once the chair is fully sanded, wipe with a damp cloth to get rid of any dust, before drying with a dry cloth.

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Paint evenly along the grain of the wood, making sure to get into all of the nooks and crannies. The number of coats you paint will depend on the finish that you want. I painted two coats which gave quite a solid colour, but still allowed for a few darker patches to show through. Additional coats will create a denser, more even finish.

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While the paint is drying, you can work on the seat. Using the pliers, be sure to remove all staples from the seat. It may be necessary to use a small screwdriver to lift some of the staples and gain the leverage to remove them.

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Once all of the staples are out, you should be able to easily remove the old fabric from the seat.

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Placing the seat and cushion over your new fabric, cut around the shape leaving enough excess to fasten under the seat.

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Start by stapling the centre point on two opposite sides of the seat. When doing this, it is important to make sure that your fabric is running straight for a neat finish. Work around the edges, pulling the fabric taught and stapling at small intervals.

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When working on the corners, use small pleats to condense the fabric for a smooth corner. Generally, the smaller the pleats, the smoother your corner will be.

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Once the fabric is fully secure and the paint is dry, re-attach the seat to the chair, using the same screws and holes as before. And there you have it – your upcycled, country retreat chair!

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For the cushion you will need:

  • Hillarys Blinds Country Retreat Fabric in Patina Pewter
  • Pattern paper (if you don’t have any, newspaper will do)
  • Scissors
  • Pins
  • Sewing machine
  • Needle
  • Thread
  • Polyester stuffing

Using pattern paper (or a sheet of newspaper), measure, draw and cut a square 14 x 14 inches in size.

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Take the remainder of your fabric and fold it double, making sure the pattern piece will fit. You can increase or decrease the size of your pattern piece depending on the amount of leftover fabric you have.

Pin the pattern piece onto the fabric, and cut carefully around, through both layers of the fabric.

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Once cut, remove the pattern piece and pin the two layers of fabric together with the right sides facing each other.

Starting in one corner, sew a seam around all four sides of the square, roughly 1 – 1.5cm away from the edge. On the final side, leave a gap around 4 inches in length at the end. You’ll use this gap to turn and stuff your cushion cover.

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After you’ve finished sewing, snip any loose threads and trim the corners. This will help to create a neater, flatter and sharper corner.

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Turn your cushion cover the right way out, making sure to poke out the corners so they look nice and neat. It can be handy to use a chopstick or the end of a small paintbrush to help poke the corners, just be sure not to use anything too sharp!

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Now it’s time to stuff your cushion. Fill it generously with polyester stuffing and make sure you really work it into the corners. Add a little extra to the middle, as you’ll use this to fill out the final corner once it is sewn up.

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Take a needle and thread, ready to sew up the hole. Fold the edges inside, following the seam and keeping them even. Then carefully slip stitch the hole shut. By keeping your stitches small, and working just on the inside you should create a really smooth finish.

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Plump up your cushion and even out the stuffing, working it into that last corner for the perfect finish.

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Et voila! There you have your fully re-upholstered, upcycled chair with a cute matching cushion and some fabric left over!

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If that’s not a great result, I don’t know what is! Now it’s your turn! Head over to Hillarys Blinds and sign up for their competition. You have until 17th March to get your fabric request in, and then until 31st March to enter! What are you waiting for?!

I’d love for you to link me to your entries in the comments so I can see what amazing, creative minds you have! Oh, and if you do enter, please state that you heard about the competition here, on Oh My, I’m Inspired! Thanks, and good luck!

Thanks for reading, until next time!

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