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Monday, May 2, 2011

Highchair Tutorial

Well, I've finally done it... I've finished refurbishing the highchair I'm going to sell and completed the highchair pad to add with it! If I may say so- I'm rather pleased with myself!

Note: The first will be refurbishing the chair (unfortunately I forgot to take the before picture. I tend to get much too excited- jumping into a project and finishing it before I get the "before" and "in-between" pictures).

 First, paint your highchair in your desired color... Mine was Aqua... and then with a dark brown paint and a square sponge brush... lightly dab the brown paint into crevices and on the corners where things would normally show wear overtime.

 Go over the edges and crevices that you painted lightly with a sanding block. This will give it a more naturally worn look.

 Since this is a highchair... It needs to be utilitarian. So, once your paint has dried go over it several times with a protective, non yellowing, clear coat. This way you can wipe off all of precious baby's mess without wiping off the paint along with it.

Once you've done this allow it to dry thoroughly and bring it inside to create the creme-de-la-creme (the highchair pad).

 First take regular computer paper to create your pattern for the bottom seat of the pad. Shape it so that it fits within the spindles comfortably.

 Tape your pattern thoroughly so that it doesn't move on you when you transfer it to your foam filling.

Pin your pattern onto your foam block and cut around it to create your foam filling for your seat.

Do this for both the seat and the back of the chair as you see I did here.

 Now, take the pattern and trace it onto your fabric... I left a half inch seam allowance because the foam I bought was an inch thick.

 Putting both pieces of fabric with the fronts facing.... seam stitch around 3 of the edges (both for the seat and the back of the chair). Note: I have eyelet lace lining the back of the chair pad... I just pinned this inside the fabric pointing inward toward the center and stitch around the edge with the fronts of the fabric facing.

 Then, measure the sides and front of the highchair itself to create the skirt.

 Cut 5 pieces of fabric to length 4 inches thick... 1 for each side, 1 for the front and 2 for each of the front corners that you are going to pleat. and then 5 at 7 inches thick to make the skirt longer.

Pin them together as seen here and sew them together.

Shape them around your highchair crafting the pleats around the corners to form the "U" shape for the bottom of the chair. Stitch all of this down and include the ribbons measured to the spindles of your chair so that you can attach it.

Finally, add buttons to the front to re-enforce where the baby's legs will be dangling. Sew on the ribbons to the top of the chair pad to tie onto the back and Wah-Lah... You've just made yourself something to be proud of.

Who wouldn't treasure this highchair? Isn't it so much better than those ugly plastic monsters you are stuck with nowadays?!

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Jen said...

What a beautiful highchair! I love the color you painted it, and the distressing is just perfect. Great job! I'd love for you to visit my blog sometime, www.icantstopcrafting.blogspot.com

WobiSobi said...

This is just to cute.

Kimberlee, The Spunky Diva said...

That is adorable! Following back.
~Kimberlee, www.TheSpunkyDiva.com

Lyssa said...

What a fabulous turnout! I love that color too.
Thanks for stopping by and leaving such a nice comment! I'm your newest follower!

Summer said...

You go girl !!

Vintagesouthernlife said...

It turned out great! I love the color.

Emily said...

WOW! That's a beautiful transformation. I love the color too!

Emily from Nap Time Is My Time

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Christine said...

This is so sweet! I have an old wooden high chair, I have been thinking of redoing mine too.....Love that color.

Susanmeep said...

You did a great job!@

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Lisa said...

This is really cute! The vintage style is adorable with that paint color!

Rebecca @ My Girlish Whims said...

Very cute!! I love the lace fringe :)

Thanks for linking up to Your Whims Wednesday!

Nikki ~ Let's Craft!! said...

I love this and I think it's perfect for my new linky party. I do hope you come over and link up!!


~ Nikki

MrsWendy said...

Thanks for this Hannah! I am going to attempt to make a cover for our highchair...it needs one SO BAD! Love you dearly! ~Aunt Wendy

Lisa said...

Wow, it turned out great! I agree, definitely better than the plastic ones. Thanks for stopping by my blog!

Jessica at Me Sew Crazy said...

Love the color you chose for the highchair - that turquoise is fantastic!!!

Polly @ Helping Little Hands said...

So cute!

Deneen said...

Really adorable!

Justine/Sewcountrychick said...

This is really pretty. I have a highchair tutorial on Backyard Eden this week too and saw yours and had to check it out!

Mary said...

I love this! I'd like to invite you to post it on Masterpiece Monday at Boogieboard Cottage. The link will be up all week, I hope you can join in. Have a nice week, Mary :O)

Carolyn said...

Beautiful, I love your tutorial and the highchair looks so good.