This woven fabric chair seat is a project I did because when I noticed that this ladder chair was in dire need of help, I happened to have just enough paint leftover from another project to spruce it up. The other project has run into some, hmmm, well let’s say issues. I’ll share that other project soon, whether I figure out the dilemma or not, so stay tuned.

woven fabric chair seat AnnaNimmity.com

woven fabric chair seat AnnaNimmity.com

This chair is known fondly at our house as Old Straightback. I bought it from a friend at her yard sale many years ago. Since then it has been sitting in the dining room as additional seating, and is only used when we have lots of people over for a sit down dinner. It had a cushion on it, so I didn’t realize that the seat was breaking underneath the cushion until I picked it up over the weekend. It was just dry and brittle, and just touching it made more breaks. I had seen a fabric woven chair seat recently online and I thought I pinned it, because it was just my style. But alas, when I went to search my Pinterest boards, it wasn’t there. I googled it, too, and found nothing. If you know where I saw this idea, let me know in the comments because I’d love to give credit where credit is due! Here’s what I started with:

woven fabric chair seat AnnaNimmity.com

The first thing I did was remove the old weaving that formed the seat. It was so brittle that I didn’t take much effort. I’m lucky someone didn’t try to sit on it in that state!

remove seat

Once that was done, I used homemade chalk paint {2 tablespoons unsanded grout, one cup of flat latex paint, plus water as needed} to paint the chair.

paint with chalk paint

I distressed it, then gave it a coat of paste finishing wax. Picking out fabric scraps was the next step. I wanted an eclectic look, and I wanted to use up things I already had around here, so it worked out perfectly.

pick out fabric scraps

Next I ripped the fabric in strips. My strips were roughly three inches wide, but I completely eyeballed it, so they are not all exactly the same width. For the length, I just made sure that the strips were long enough to go from one side to the other on the chair, leaving enough room for some of the fabric to hang over the side.

cut fabric in strips

To start the weaving, I tied two strips together {both strips were the same fabric} on one end, then placed it on the chair with one piece of fabric going above the wood, and one going below. See the pictures for more detail. I tied it on the other side. Then I did the same thing with alternating fabrics.

tie strips on chair

tie ends of fabric together

tie at back then move forward

I covered the whole seat going across. For the actual weaving, I tied a couple of strips together just like I did for the first part, put the knot at the back of the seat and layered one strip above the wood dowel and one below. Then I brought the strips together and wove them over and under the strips that were already on the chair going across. Once I got to the front of the chair I left the ends hanging there.

start weaving from back to front

If you try this, remember to alternate every other strip with over and under, so if one strip starts by going over, the strip next to it should start by going under.

weave under over

Once all the weaving was done, I was able to adjust and scrunch things around to make it a little more even. Then I tied the front pieces in knots, just like the other fabric ends.

weave from back to front

To finish it off, I trimmed the ends of the fabric to be a little more even. The last thing to do was sit in it, and guess what? It worked! I think I’ll use this in the craft/art room. If we need extra seating in the dining room, I’ll just bring Old Straightback down again. The one thing I wish I had done was paint the seat frame. When I painted the chair, I was thinking that the wood dowels around the seat would be covered by fabric, but as you can see, they are not completely covered. I like it enough that I’m going to leave it as is, but if I had it to do over, I would paint all of it. Darn shortcuts!

woven fabric chair seat AnnaNimmity.com

woven fabric chair seat AnnaNimmity.com

woven fabric chair seat AnnaNimmity.com

woven fabric chair seat AnnaNimmity.com

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25 Responses to Woven Fabric Chair Seat

  1. Alicia Jay says:

    I absolutely love this project! The fabrics you chose go wonderfully with the emerald green. I am constantly amazed by how you repurpose everyday items to make them useful AND beautiful in a new way.

    • Betsy says:

      Alicia, this is one of my favorite comments ever! Thank you for being so thoughtful in the words you choose. I’m glad you like the chair, too. :)

  2. Carol jemison says:

    What a cute idea! It looks like the best seat in the house to me.

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  4. Wow! That is a great idea!! I have a kids chair with a woven seat that’s coming apart and plenty of fabric, I will have to give this a try.

  5. Paula says:

    I love this chair. Now I’m motivated to try this with an old wicker stool that has a tattered seat. So cool!

  6. This is absolutely darling. I love the happy colors. You are so creative! Blessings, Patti@OldThingsNew

  7. This is REALLY COOL! Now I gotta try it also. Are you going to paint it too, say in stripes… or a raspberry color? I think that would be even more beautiful!

  8. Kim says:

    I have passed up so many beautiful chairs at tag sales and on the curb, because the cost of having the seat repaired was ridiculous. This is an amazing fix. You get a really unique piece. Love it!

  9. Thank you so much for sharing this! I have some lawn furniture that I might try this with, maybe different material though?

  10. Danielle says:

    The fabric is so fun and so is the color. Thanks for sharing at Silver Pennies Sundays.

  11. Christine says:

    SO AWESOME!!!!!!

    Thanks so much for sharing this at The DIY Dreamer.. From Dream To Reality!

  12. Wow, I’ll never pass by a broken chair again without thinking of this! Thanks so much for sharing this on Waste Not Want Not Wednesday, I’ve pinned it.

  13. Christine says:

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    Can’t wait to see what you link up this evening!

  14. Debra Naifeh says:

    Thanks for a great idea on what to do with the 2 chairs I’ve had sitting in my garage that have potential but I wasn’t sure how to proceed with them. Now I’m on to something! Thanks!

  15. marie says:

    I LOVE this! Question: is it sturdy enough? Doesn’t it give/stretch? What can you tell us now that you’ve had it for a while? :)

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