So I have this Morris chair. I got it from my mom. Who got it from an antique store in Mt. Vernon IA. She bought it after I saw it first and squealed something along the lines of, ” OOOOOoooooooooo! MORRIS CHAIR! I’ve always wanted one of those!” So she buys it. For herself. : / Whatever. She pays me to re-cover it. Okay. I can do that! It was a trickier recover than anything I have done at that point, but not hard to figure out. The seat has springs in it, which was something I had never dealt with. But it was all good. Mom had picked a sort of floral design that makes one think of a paisley, without it being a paisley. In a whole slew of burnt orange and rust colors. Totally her color scheme. This was all maybe 15 years ago? Yeah, sure, that sounds about right. Few years after I recover it, she asks me if I want it, because she’s just not feelin’ it. Um, wait. Let me think about this for a bit….. YES. The rust colors totally clash with everything in my living room. My whole house really. But I leave it as is because I just don’t get around to re-covering it.
Fast forward about 10 years. I have moved into a townhouse and the Morris chair is clashing more than ever! Added plus? The seat now has a hole worn through. That gets larger every time a butt gets parked in it. This is so not a nice looking chair anymore. It looks like ass quite frankly. Sadly, I took no pictures. I wish I had. So I decide it is now time to re-cover it. And soon. The hole is now most of the seat. I almost forgot. The seat cushion had been leaking some kind of wood shaving kind of material out of it’s bottom for almost a year. This was due to a hole in the fabric covering the underside of the seat cushion. We fixed it, then the hole returned. I was getting tired of cleaning up a little pile of wood shavings under the chair every couple of weeks or so.
I was trying to do this on the super-cheap, seeing as to how I have no real surplus funds in my budget. Long story short, I have this huge bit of super-cheap foam from a super cheap futon. And the feather/down wraps to cushions from my loveseat. I was thinking I could somehow make all of this work into a better version of the Morris chair cushions.
The underside of the seat cushion. In all of it’s glory! That wood shaving-looking stuff under the springs is what was leaking out all over the floor. There was a piece of fabric covering this. Next step? Remove all of the old nails. This was fun. Fortunately, at some point when browsing an uphulstory supply catalog, I had purchased something called a staple lifter. At least that’s what I think it was called. It proved to be remarkably helpful.
This is my favorite. The foam from my loveseat cushions was thicker than I wanted. So I needed to cut. Lengthwise. Yeah, that’s right. I used a 12″ chef knife for that. I had to stop and sharpen it every 2 minutes or so. The plan? Put this foam under the batting then recover the whole thing.
This is the feather/down thing from my loveseat cushions. This was wrapped around the foam making for a very plush, cushie, tushie, cushion. ( see what I did there? Alliteration! Rhyming! ) Would a new version of this been a better choice? Oh heck’s yeah. But remember, I was doing this with what I had. I bought this loveseat in 2000 or 2001. It had a good run.
I almost forgot. I also needed to add more height to the back cushion. Being mostly cotton batting, and being vertical, it had compacted and shrunk a bit over the years. Here we see the old cushion, wrapped with the feather/down thing. Now I just had to slip stitch the whole thing so that I could get a slipcover over it.
This was super fun. Creating the extra height. Egads. That was truly a sewing adventure. Notice the giant stitches. I know, super pretty, right? The goal here was not so much pretty, as holding everything in place so that I could get the slipcover over it.
And here we have the chair complete with new slipcovers! The back cushion cover has a zipper on it and is completely removable. The seat one, nope. Shoot, now that I am thinking about it though, I think I could have figured out a way to make it removable. Next time. I did have some fabric protector. Which pretty much sprayed the hell outta the fabric with before making the cover. We will see how well that holds up.