|Remember this? Worn out green fabric and a lumpy/flat seat cushion.|
Well, it just didn't happen before Andrew was born. In March, there was a sale on home decor fabrics so I went fabric shopping with my mom and sis-in-law while Aaron, Austin, and my dad stayed home with the kids. We found the perfect one for my glider and it was super cheap too- if I remember correctly it was under $30 total.
Over General Conference weekend, my mom and I tackled the project. We ended up buying new foam for the seat, as well as some more foam to supplement the back. We also decided not to sew though the foam, like it had been on the old cover. Anyway, we finished the cushions that weekend, so all I had to do was make straps with velcro for fastening the cushions to the chair, and the ottoman. I borrowed Dad's staple gun and brought everything home to finish up.
Well it took me a few weeks. I decided to make the straps by hand because I didn't want the hassle of getting out my sewing machine for such a quick job. It turned out to be not such a quick job because of it. Sewing by hand takes a long time! But finally I finished the chair, after watching a lot of Netflix during Andrew's naps while sewing with a needle and thread.
I was always afraid to use the staple gun while Andrew was asleep- I didn't want to wake him up and that seemed to be the only time I had to work on projects like this. Eventually I sucked it up and did the ottoman after he was in bed for the night. I listened carefully to the monitor for the first few staples, but he didn't stir at all.
So FINALLY my project is done- just in time for me to not need it in the middle of the night anymore... of course. I still use it occasionally, but most of the time during the day I nurse Andrew in the living room. Oh well, it is much more comfortable now and much more attractive too!
Total cost for this project: about $55 for chair, fabric, and foam. I already had the velcro and thread, and I borrowed the staple gun and my mom's skills :) I think that's pretty great, considering these chairs go for over $100 new. And I even have a bunch of fabric left over, so I think I'll be making some throw pillows, or maybe a big floor pillow to match.