Shrunken Sweater Chair Reupholster

3 Materials
30 Minutes
Easy

I took my favourite shrunken sweater and gave life to one of my antique chairs.
reupholster chair sweater shrunken repurpose, painted furniture, reupholster
reupholster chair sweater shrunken repurpose, painted furniture, reupholster
I took this
reupholster chair sweater shrunken repurpose, painted furniture, reupholster
Here is the original chair. Someone long ago had reupholstered it in a green-grey velour. Sure its sturdy but it's not me.
reupholster chair sweater shrunken repurpose, painted furniture, reupholster
Here is the underside so I know it was professionally done. I didn't want to meddle with it so I decided to keep the old fabric on the chair to add support to my shrunken sweater.
reupholster chair sweater shrunken repurpose, painted furniture, reupholster
First step is to see if the sweater will work. Mine was a wee bit too small but nothing some stretching couldn't fix.
reupholster chair sweater shrunken repurpose, painted furniture, reupholster
So I used my legs and pulled on the sweater. It also helps if you can get someone else to help. You will hear some cracking sounds as the sweater stretches this is the felt bonds breaking don't worry your not hurting the sweater but check to ensure you are not making any holes where you don't want holes.
reupholster chair sweater shrunken repurpose, painted furniture, reupholster
I was finally happy with how much it stretched out
reupholster chair sweater shrunken repurpose, painted furniture, reupholster
I cut the sweater down the exact middle of the back from the bottom to the middle of the back of the collar.
reupholster chair sweater shrunken repurpose, painted furniture, reupholster
I stapled the middle of my fabric to the middle of the underside of the back of the chair.
reupholster chair sweater shrunken repurpose, painted furniture, reupholster
I made sure the corners would tuck around the back rail of the chair without puckering.
reupholster chair sweater shrunken repurpose, painted furniture, reupholster
reupholster chair sweater shrunken repurpose, painted furniture, reupholster
Then I stapled the middle of the fabric to the middle of the front of the bottom of the chair.. I then worked my way from side to side of the chair pulling and stretching to keep the wrinkles and puckers at bay.
reupholster chair sweater shrunken repurpose, painted furniture, reupholster
Trim the extra fabric off and you're done.
reupholster chair sweater shrunken repurpose, painted furniture, reupholster
My finished chair has a lovely pop of cloud in my accent colour.
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1 question
  • Bev Pike Dietz
    on Jul 19, 2018

    Windering if it gets "pills" from being sat on ?

    • Nicole Mahoney
      on Jul 19, 2018

      Hi Bev, the sweater felted because I accidentally shrunk it and it sort of had a little rib to it to begin with so it does not get little “pills”. I think it is because of a combination between the felting and the original construction of the sweater.

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