Welcome to the 233rd Metamorphosis Monday!
I love blogging! I’ve met so many wonderful dearhearts while blogging and each one has been a blessing in my life. Recently after posting about some crafty things I made from old jeans here, here and here, I received a delightful e-mail from Carol. Carol wrote:
Susan, I follow all of your blogs and we have talked before, you make my inbox a joy to open everyday! I do not blog and do not know how to make a post or even attach one, but when I saw the post of what to do with old denim I wanted to share with you what I did with my 3 sons and husbands old jeans I have been saving up for years. Some of them–the knees are worn out of, the bottoms frayed, that makes them all the better. Remember when the JNCO jeans were in with the little characters on them, we had those too. Lots of great memories here.
I covered a chair with them all. I had to piece it like a crazy quilt and then cut out the pattern. My mother and my husband helped me and then we all signed the back of the chair before we reattached the backing. We covered the back and seat with solid fabric so it would be more smooth and comfortable to set in. The only problem is, I have one chair and 3 boys…guess they can fight over it when I am gone! Ha, give them something to do!
Just wanted to share, for the book I hear you are going to write! (Smile) no pressure or anything, you know we all know YOU CAN do it!
Carol enclosed a photo of the chair she covered along with the assistance of her hubby and mom and it is amazing! What a wonderful way to preserve so many wonderful memories, especially those of your children.
I get so sentimental over stuff like this, I’d probably get misty-eyed every time my eyes settled on this chair.
At my request, Carol sent some fabulous detailed pictures, along with information/instructions about how she covered the chair. (Carol’s comments are in quotation below.)
Carol said, “To reupholster the chair we had to remove and label all the fabric on the chair. It was a green fabric originally. You have to go into the seams and remove all the staples and tacks if you have decorative tacks on it holding the chair together. The pieces will just start coming off and as you take the pieces off, you label them left arm, front bottom, back, etc. because the right and the left will not necessarily be the same exact pattern.”
“Next I got out all of my old jeans and laid them out. I would take a pattern piece and see how big the finished piece needed to be and, this is the hard part, start cutting all your precious memory jeans. I knew I wanted to use the unusual pieces of the jeans like pockets, labels even holes and stains.”
“I would lay my pieces right sides together and just sew them randomly. Somewhat like a crazy quilt, but my own version, I wanted it to look piecey but also I placed a piece where I wanted to see it. I would press it open after sewing, lay it on the chair, arm, side, front, etc and then make sure I cut the pattern out so what I REALLY wanted to see would be front and center.”
“Chair is stripped down and we have started covering. You do not have to do anything but take the fabric off to reupholster, it is really not that hard once you start. This was my first upholstery project and my mother taught me how to do it. My husband helped with the pulling of the staples and putting them back, because he could really push and get them into the wood. If you want to add more batting to make it fluffier now would be the time.”
“Here I am taking a picture of my mother and husband putting some of the staples in. My mother lives in Texas and only comes a couple times a year, I am in South Carolina. When she comes I always have some project to do so I can pick her brain and learn how to do it myself, there is nothing that she can’t do or won’t tackle. That is my goal one day! When I ask her, do you think we could cover that old green chair with the guys old jeans, it wouldn’t cost much if we did it ourselves, she said, “Sure we can!!!” I forgot to tell her we would only have 2 days to do it in, we also had an out-of-town trip planned for her.”
“A lot of pieces come with a liner-like fabric attached to them to use as a stuffer. To help you get your outside fabric pulled and tucked into place, you need to remove that off the original pieces and sew to your new fabric, when you stuff it. As you can see here in the seat of the chair, you pull it taunt and staple it to the underside. Very easy how it all comes together.”
“Turned on its side we have added an arm and the back of the seat. We piped around the arms with the solid denim. We used the solid denim for the cushions seat and back and the back inside that would be covered up anyway by the cushions. We thought that would make it more comfortable to sit in.”
I asked Carol to include lots of close-up pics and I loved all the information she included explaining why she used certain pieces in the upholstering process.
Carol said, “My older son wore JNCO jeans and here is the little Wolfgang character on a pair of his.”
“Every time my boys got a new pair of jeans they had to get a running start and fall down on there knees and slide all the way down the isle, hallway, hill, or wherever, so they always had holes in their knees. I wanted to make sure I used that on the chair. The lizard is from a bug jean jacket I bought for my baby son when he was just two.”
“I wanted to use some part of it so I just cut out the lizard and sewed it on top and made a trail like he was climbing out of the hole.”
I especially love all the worn spots, proof of a life well-lived!
Carol said, “My husbands Wranglers (picture below) where he wore a hole in the seat, guess that’s why they were in the discard pile. The stripes are from middle son’s baby overalls and baby son’s gap jeans are at the back. I figured the remote could be stored in the pocket so you won’t loose it when it is not in someone’s hand. As you can see it is not in the pocket now, or hardly ever.”
“I could have pieced this more but I wanted the whole leg of that jean.”
“I liked it and also the stains on it. They were my husband’s and he was a Cowboy Bull Rider, so I wanted the stains and all for the memories.”
“I liked that you could see where my husband’s billfold fit in his pocket.”
Carol’s sons are 28, 24 and 16 now. The time passes way too quickly, doesn’t it?
Carol said, ”There was a piece of cardboard on the back of the chair and I had everyone that had a hand in doing the chair sign it, and we wrote who all the jeans belonged to.”
Carol, thanks so much for sharing this very special chair. It’s a wonderful time capsule, capturing so many great memories from the life of your beautiful family. I know this chair will inspire some young Moms to start holding onto those old denim jeans. I wish I still had all the jeans my son wore over the years.
Love crafting and sewing with repurposed denim? You’ll find more denim projects at my other blog, Denim Do Over and many are No-Sew projects! You’ll find Denim Do Over here: Denim Do Over
Additional posts for DIY projects on and for furniture can be found HERE.
Looking forward to the Before and Afters posted for this Metamorphosis Monday!
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