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  • Mood DIY: How to Reupholster a Chair Cushion

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    Everyone has a chair that could stand to have some new life breathed into it. Whether it's been in your family forever, or you just picked it up at a thrift store last week, chances are it probably needs to be reupholstered. Luckily, it's not difficult! This post will outline how to recover a cushion on a chair or stool. Most of these detach very easily, with just a few staples, nails, or screws. Fabrics and tools required:

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    I started with this lovely wooden chair; it was a little beat up, but it was nothing a little sanding and stain couldn't fix. The cushion however, was another story - stiff, cracked, and hardly comfortable.

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    A couple nails in the back of the seat came out pretty easily and I was able to shimmy the cushion out of the slot it rested in. Since I wasn't trying to save the original vinyl, I wasn't too careful with keeping it intact as I tore it off. Small upholstery nails tacked it into the sides of the base wood, so I removed them as well.

    If you're looking to recover a cushion exactly the way it was, without adding any extra batting or foam, you could carefully remove the original fabric and use it as a pattern. Instead, I traced the base of my seat and added 3" around the sides to make sure that I'd have enough to wrap over the new batting.

    For the batting, I cut one layer exactly the same size as the wood, as well as 3 more layers progressively 1" smaller. You could easily add or remove layers depending on how cushy you'd like your new chair!

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    After placing the batting on top of the wooden base, I stretched my upholstery fabric over the entire thing. I started with one staple in each of the four sides, and then worked my way around so the fabric would be evenly taut.

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    If your base is more than a 1/2" thick, you could wrap your fabric around and staple it directly to the bottom, but since mine was so thin I had to tack it on the sides.

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    To secure the extra fabric on the bottom, I added a bit of tacky glue and left some binder clips around the entire thing for an hour. You could also glue or staple a layer of non-fraying fabric to the bottom, hiding your raw edges.

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    All-in-all, it was a quick and fun project; and the result is adorable!

    Have you ever recovered a seat cushion? Are you going to try doing it now? Tell me what fabric you're using!

  • Mood DIY: Window Seat Cushion

    Normally a place for clothes that have been discarded by days end, the ledge by my window has become my favorite spot in my apartment. So much so, that I wanted to create a comfy place to have a morning cup of coffee, sit and people watch or just run my lines. I got some great striped fabric from Mood's Home Department on the first floor -- and I'm in love with my new spot! Window Seat Cushion 1 Window Seat Cushion 2 SUPPLIES: Cushion (I bought mine on eBay for $32), striped home decor fabric, glue, velcro, straight edges, straight pins, ink pen, scissors, a box cutter (that wound up working better than a rotary cutter), and a sewing machine. Window Seat Cushion 3 HOW-TO:

    1. Measuee and cut foam to your desired length. 2. Wrap your fabric tautly around the cushion inside out and then pin it into place (Note: I did it on the right side first just to see how it would lay).  Next you'll fold in the edges of the end of the cushion like you would the end of a Christmas present (note: you have to play with it a bit to get it right). 3. This is how the pinned edge looks without the cushion in it.
    4. Cut off any excess. 5. This is how the end looks that was folded in like a Christmas present, after I cut it. (I unfolded it so you could see it). 6. Sew up the long side, and this is how the ends will look once you've done that. 7. Sew up one end. 8. Fold the remaining end tautly to see where you want your elastic to land -- glue it in place. Allow it to dry open for several hours. Slide your cushion in and you are all set.

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    Brandhyze Stanley is the chief voice of the award winning blog, Frugal-nomics.com; a platform designed to share with women how to live and look fabulous on a dime. A DIY girl at heart—Brandhyze has been featured on Dr. Oz, The View, The Today Show, InStyle Magazine, Essence Magazine, and MTVStyle. A Wilhelmina Model for over a decade, with a Business Degree from Loyola University Chicago, Brandhyze provides DIY content to the popular How-To Site, eHow; and has been a contributor for the Huffington Post, Yahoo Finance, Super Money, Good Housekeeping, and Newsday Westchester, to name a few. Brandhyze is a huge thrifter and a lover of all good deals, follow her on Twitter @MyFrugalnomics and on Facebook at Facebook.com/Frugalnomics.

  • Mood DIY: Chevron Curtains

    Curtains, they just brighten up a room, don't they? Depending on the color they can draw the eye up higher...AND as a crafty home decor tip...if used correctly, they can create an optical illusion and make a smaller window appear bigger -- it's like magic!  Well, in order to compliment some of the throw pillows I created here, I chose this fun chevron print from Mood Fabrics to create a focal point for my room that's sure to stand out. Simple, bright, and oh-so-essential. Tell me about the first pair you created, below. Chevron Curtains 1 Chevron Curtains 2SUPPLIES: chevron fabric, rotary cuttery, straight pins, straight edge, an iron, and a sewing machine Chevron Curtains 3AHOW-TO: 1. Measure out the size of your window(s) -- mine was 90x80 inches, so I cut it for 96x82 inch to allot for hemming and a "sleeve" area where the rod would enter. 2. To create a finished edge along the two sides, I turned the fabric back a quarter of an inch and then folded it back again. After that, I pressed these two edges down with an iron to hold it for sewing, and then used the sewing machine to sew them. 3. Next I pinned down my top edge that would serve as the sleeve for my rod. 4. Lastly....sew up that top sleeve, and hem the bottom, and you're all set!

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    Brandhyze Stanley is the chief voice of the award winning blog, Frugal-nomics.com; a platform designed to share with women how to live and look fabulous on a dime. A DIY girl at heart—Brandhyze has been featured on The View, The Early Show, The Today Show, InStyle Magazine, Essence Magazine, and MTVStyle. A Wilhelmina Model for over a decade, with a Business Degree from Loyola University Chicago, Brandhyze provides DIY content to the popular How-To Site, eHow; and has been a contributor for the Huffington Post, Yahoo Finance, Super Money, Good Housekeeping, and Newsday Westchester, to name a few. Brandhyze is a huge thrifter and a lover of all good deals, follow her on Twitter @MyFrugalnomics and on Facebook at Facebook.com/Frugalnomics.

  • New Burlaps

    Vist MoodFabrics.com and check out Mood's new shipment of colored burlaps! A very unique fabric great for totes, wine bags, accessories, and inexpensive home dec applications.

    New Burlaps

    New Burlap Fabric!