Well, it turned out that I was going to finish my chair in class (see that post here) early, so I asked for a supply list and brought in this little guy on the last class. This time, I was good about taking pictures. Here is a real tutorial with pictures:
Next I covered that with a piece of burlap. Again, an inexpensive material you can find in any fabric store. I followed pretty much the same method as with the webbing, but when pulling from side to side I needed to be careful not to pull very tight, because the fabric would come up off of the curved seat. With a curved seat or cushion (Like this or with the back of the chair I just did) one direction should be pulled, (front to back in this example), and one direction smoothed (side to side in this one).
Next came two pieces of 1" foam. This is the one step I don't have a picture of. We put a small square of foam on first, that sat inside the folds of burlap. Then a larger piece on top that went to the edges of the seat. This created a rounded look, instead of flat. I then stapled down the foam, curling the upper edge down and stapling it to create a rounded edge.
And in came the fabric.
I had seen some really fantastic pictures of furniture reupholstered in old seed sack cloth. I love the graphics so I decided to find an old seed sack and use that as my fabric. I found one at a little antique store in town, the only one we have, called Hidden Treasures Consignment. I don't go in there very often, but they seem to be my magical "last chance" shop where I find what I haven't been able to find anywhere else. The same was true with this.
I did need to splice-and-dice my seed sack at home to get the size that I needed and also to include the different parts of the sack that I wanted. That was a simple project similar to making the top of a quilt.
So here is my seed sack fabric, stapled to the frame and being trimmed out:
The trim that I used was a thick cotton cord, (again, a Wal-Mart find). The cord was off-white, but was a little too white still. The seedsack has gotten a little aged over its 50 year or-so lifetime, but I didn't want it to look dirty. So in comes a delicious drink, also good for discoloring things: Black TEA! I steeped some tea in a bowl and soaked my cording in tea Sunday morning during church. When we got back, it was just right. I let it dry, glued it on, and here is the little seed sack bench!
I am pretty much completely smitten with the stamp on the far left side. And I love that it's from Iowa...Des Moines, even! (also not a competitor of my husband's company, thank goodness. I had to be careful about that). In case you are wondering, Joe and I came to the conclusion that this was a wheat sack (due to the hulls still inside the bag!). And if you're wondering what that green string-thing is in the top right corner of Iowa, it is the original pull thread to open the bag. It was stitched into a different part of the bag, but I loved the loops and texture, so I took it out and re-stitched it into a place it would be seen. I love little details like that.
My Mom made my Grandpa a seed sack jacket, and it was beautiful. That's probably a lot of my inspiration for this project. And if any of you run across a Dockendorff Hybrids seed sack, let me know. Just putting that out there... So what have you done or seen done with seed sacks?