Solsta Olarp Revamp By Fawna Sidoryk - www.mommamyway.wordpress.com You will need: 1 Solsta Olarp chair from Ikea http://www.ikea.com/ca/en/search/?query=SOLSTA+OLARP+Armchair+white 4 yards of desired fabric Scrap fabric or paper for tracing Coordinating thread Staple gun http://www.homedepot.ca/product/forward-action-staple-nail-gun/900833 ¼ Inch staples Directions: First start by cutting a large rectangle of your good fabric approximately 60x45 in. Measure you chair to make sure that this will be enough to completely cover the outside circumference of the chair and back rest area. Using your scrap fabric or paper trace the shape of the front of the arms, seat top, and front of the chair. Use the existing seams on the chair as your guide. You should be able to feel them through your paper/fabric. Cut out your traced templates and copy them onto the back side of your good fabric. Add a ½ inch seam allowance all the way around each piece. At this point you should also the measure the diameter of the back side of the seat cushion. A long strip (approx. 50x6in) will be attached to the seat cover and be tucked in at the back of the chair to keep everything nice and wrinkle free once the cover is on. Your pattern pieces should look something like this: My measurements are approximate. Make sure that you do your own measuring. Begin sewing your pieces together. First sew the long narrow strip all the way around the “U” part of the seat cover. Do not sew anything to the flat part of the seat. Attach the seat front (small rectangle) to the flat part of the seat cover. Make sure that good sides are always facing. Attach the arm fronts to the seat front. Make sure that you do not sew any part of the seat cover to the arm fronts. Your stitching should look something like this: Now is where it gets a little confusing. The giant rectangle that you first cut will wrap all the way around the outside of the chair. It will also be attached to the arm fronts. Basically you’re making a giant pillow case for the chair. Stiches will be something like this: Make sure that good sides are always facing again. And be sure that you don’t get anything twisted. It’s a lot of fabric to have on the machine at once. Go slow. Once everything is sew together it’s time to staple. Take the legs off the chair. Do not lose the washers. The slip cover will probably be fairly tight wiggle, wiggle, wiggle until you have it pulled down all the way. The arms and seat cover need to be completely lined up before you start stapling. (If it isn’t snug enough go back and take it in) Once everything is lined up flip the chair upside down and staple the fabric to the bottom of the chair. Press firmly on the staple gun or the staples will not go deep enough. You will probably have to put in a few pleats around the “U” of the chair and the corners to get all of the wrinkles out. It doesn’t really matter what the bottom of the chair looks like as long as the visible parts look nice. Flip the chair back over and enlist someone to help you. Pull the fabric as tight as possible before stapling to the seat part (under the cushion). Start with the arm areas and staple as far back as the beginning of the curve on both sides. To finish off the curved part of the backrest you will have to pleat the fabric. It doesn’t matter how many pleats you use. Just make sure that it’s symmetrical and that there are no unsightly bulges. Put the cushion back on and tuck the seat cover portion in all the way around as tight as possible. Put the legs back on using a stitch ripper to make holes for the screws. Finish it off with a cute pillow and enjoy!
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