Broken Patio Chair Rescue!!

2 Materials
2 Hours

After a long winter, the snow finally melted enough to assess the condition of the heavy wrought iron patio set that had remained outdoors.
broken patio chair rescue
While the chairs looked okay from this distance ....
broken patio chair rescue
... a closer view revealed this, on both chairs — ripped vinyl. The interesting thing is that the vinyl material on the back was intact and strong. It was only the seats that were ruined. How do you repair half a chair??
broken patio chair rescue
After the torn vinyl was removed, this photo shows the chairs ready for repair. I was not sure where to begin, but I thought I’d touch up the wrought iron with some Winter Gray spray paint.
broken patio chair rescue
After checking in with fellow HomeTalkers, I found a video posted by a contributor that offered the perfect remedy for my broken half a chair (I’ll share her wonderful video below ... her instructions are fantastic). All I needed to begin was 100 yards of 6mm polypropylene cord and 2 #19 crochet hooks.
broken patio chair rescue
The first step of the repair was to tie the cord on to one of the side supports. Don’t worry about loose ends because you will end up melting them with a lighter. Notice on the picture how you stretch the cord across the seat and form a loop on the end.
broken patio chair rescue
Turn your loop to go over the side support. Be sure to go up over the top and curl the loop under.
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Place one of your crochet hooks in the loop and secure it by pulling the cord tight. This will serve as a place holder while you do the same to the other side.
broken patio chair rescue
Here you can see the crochet hook threading through the same kind of loop on the left side of the chair. Pull tight around the crochet hook…
broken patio chair rescue
... and secure like we did on the right side. This truly is the hardest part. It’s a piece of cake from here. :)
broken patio chair rescue
From this point on, you will continue to stretch the cord across the chair frame, making loops just like before, over then under, but now you will catch the loop with the crochet hook, and pull it through the existing loop as shown above.
broken patio chair rescue
Repeat on the left side of the chair, looping the cord over then under, catching the loop with the crochet hook, and pull through. Be sure to pull tight and secure the hook each time.
broken patio chair rescue
When you have covered the entire seat, it will look something like this. Notice how the crochet hook stays secured the the whole time. When you reach the end, you cut the cord, leaving a 36” tail. Pull the tail through one side and then the other. The loose ends will be torched with a lighter and melted. Flambé :)
broken patio chair rescue
This photo shows how nice the weave looks up close.
broken patio chair rescue
Now you will repeat the process going the other direction. You can weave in different designs, but I decided to just use a simple over and under pattern.
broken patio chair rescue
Here is the woven seat all finished. It is strong and secure — ready for a new cushion.

Now all I have to do is go to Menards or Lowe’s and find that cushion that will coordinate with the stripes! Flowers maybe? :):)

As promised, here is the tutorial (with videos) that was posted by Wendy at who provided such great instructions!
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  • Wacky Pup
    on May 16, 2018

    VeryVery good job! Inspiring! I have some old metal chairs that are on their last legs. I think I will try this. Is it comfortable? Do you think it would work on a zero gravity chair?

    • Tto8181143
      on May 19, 2018

      I did an entire chair this way and it is very comfortable without cushions.

  • Mesamuels
    on May 19, 2018

    Would this work on this kind of patio chairs made out of PVC?

    • Scarlett Butler
      on May 19, 2018

      I think it would work as long as the PVC pipe is sturdy enough to support the pressure from the cord. Good luck!

  • Teresa
    on May 20, 2018

    Can you keep going right up the back also if the back rips?

    • Jewellmartin
      on Jun 2, 2018

      Have you chosen your chair cushions yet? I like your idea of a floral. With the chair colors being so muted, you could go tropical flowers or parrots! Be sure to do another post, from sanding to sealing, from weaving to achieving—The Chair of the Year! ☺️

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  • Flipturn
    on Sep 4, 2018

    Very cleaver and effective way of approaching the problem.

    This project reminds me of those little weaving kits that used to be sold years ago for 'girls toys'. I believe that they used a good old basic crochet hook also.

    I guess this proves that sometimes 'all you ever needed to know about life, you learned in kindergarten'.

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