Ikea Hack = Happy Sewing

Added Apr 26, 2010

by thecuriouskiwi

Wellington, New ...

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I have taken a break from my LMB blouse which looks to be a tad too small for me and whipped up a couple of quick projects to make myself smile. I have been threatening to cover my Ikea chair to match my ironing board for some time now so I thought it was time I followed through.
I have posted this mostly to inspire others because it is simply a super easy project and everyone should have the choice to say “no” to bad taste ironing board covers and itchy cheap Ikea chair upholstery :) Because I am sure I am not the only one sitting in her knickers sewing and getting itchy thighs! Hehe xx

Material Notes

Ikea fabric, elastic & cord

Difficulty

Novice

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Home/Deco
Garment Type
Other
Style
Other
Material
Cotton

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Fabric

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    Nov 29, 2011, 10.41 PMby Claire Vernon

    ha i love you and how you described this project, i was told to not get that ikea chair just cause of how itchy it is. cheers x

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      Nov 29, 2011, 10.59 PMby thecuriouskiwi

      Haha, I wish someone had told me – but that’s ok, problem: Solved ;)

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    Aug 22, 2011, 04.47 AMby melissalexandar

    I am so glad for your tutorial (how-to) on this project. My sewing chair is great, except for the itchy fabric and boring black!! and like most all other sewists I also sew in less than public attire.. I really like the boldness of the textile you chose from IKEA, and i didn’t realize they sold such. do they cut it down for you or do you buy a bolt or how does that work? anyway thanks for trying it first and teaching the rest of us :)

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      Aug 22, 2011, 05.50 AMby thecuriouskiwi

      You can buy it by the meter just like at a fabric shop and sometimes they have a remnants bin. Look for the heavy canvas (they do light weight cottons as well) because it will wear much better :)

      Hehe, thank you for your confession xx

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    Mar 10, 2011, 05.57 PMby Kasiorist

    wow, how did you do the chair cover? I struggle with my boring black stuff…

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      Mar 11, 2011, 08.22 AMby thecuriouskiwi

      Hi Kasiorist, I made my own patterns using the old cover from my chair, I just cut it off and drew around it. If you click on the “instructions” tab above the photo I wrote a bit more on how I did it. Go for it, black is so boring, I bet you can do better than that :)

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      Mar 12, 2011, 10.58 PMby Kasiorist

      oh I understand, I thought you had a ready measures or something. looks great, thanks for the tip!

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      Mar 12, 2011, 11.02 PMby Kasiorist

      oh I understand, I thought you had a ready measures or something. looks great, thanks for the tip!

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      Mar 12, 2011, 11.02 PMby Kasiorist

      oh I understand, I thought you had a ready measures or something. looks great, thanks for the tip!

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      Mar 12, 2011, 11.02 PMby Kasiorist

      oh I understand, I thought you had a ready measures or something. looks great, thanks for the tip!

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      Mar 12, 2011, 11.05 PMby Kasiorist

      oh I understand, I thought you had a ready measures or something. looks great, thanks for the tip!

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      Mar 12, 2011, 11.06 PMby Kasiorist

      oh I understand, I thought you had a ready measures or something. looks great, thanks for the tip!

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    Apr 27, 2010, 04.10 AMby hstorm799

    You absolutely rocked that project! I was just thinking about how to recover my ironing board and thought I might need some sort of scorch-proof fabric? Thanks for this as mine is in terrible shape and you make this sound so simple.

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      Apr 28, 2010, 12.39 AMby thecuriouskiwi

      Thanks hstorm, I don’t think you need anything that is specifically heat proof because the iron doesn’t get nearly hot enough but I would stick to a cotton based fabric and the thicker the better I think, you should so do your cover soon, it’s nice to be surrounded by nice things xx

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    Apr 26, 2010, 09.56 PMby twoboos

    I LOVE it!!!!!

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    Apr 26, 2010, 02.11 PMby shedoz213

    Wow- I love this fabric!! You did an awesome job on both the ironing board cover and the chair! Did you use a pattern? Kudos to you!!

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      Apr 28, 2010, 12.40 AMby thecuriouskiwi

      Hi shedoz, I made my own patterns using the old covers, I wrote a few instructions, just click on the “instructions” tab above the photo if you are interested in giving it a try :)

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    Apr 26, 2010, 01.51 PMby lizajane09

    Ooooh… I have ironing board envy!

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    Apr 26, 2010, 01.51 PMby lizajane09

    Ooooh… I have ironing board envy!

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    Apr 26, 2010, 01.20 PMby aggelicat .)

    beautiful and ispiring!!! :)

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    Apr 26, 2010, 12.17 PMby ncn6

    The ironing board cover is especially awesome! I’d be ashamed if a pic of my ironing board popped up on the internet… it’s all stained and ugly. Maybe I should make a new one soon!

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      Apr 28, 2010, 12.41 AMby thecuriouskiwi

      Totally, do it, I want to see more pretty ironing board covers :)

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    Apr 26, 2010, 12.16 PMby gedwoods

    This is so cool! And, no, you’re not the only one!

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      Apr 28, 2010, 12.41 AMby thecuriouskiwi

      Haha, I’m not so worried that I shared my little secret now :)

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    Apr 26, 2010, 11.21 AMby robygiup

    Great! :)

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    Apr 26, 2010, 07.32 AMby jmhair

    Sewing in my knickers! Good to know I’m not ALONE!

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      Apr 26, 2010, 07.44 AMby thecuriouskiwi

      Haha, I knew there were more of us out there! :)

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    Apr 26, 2010, 06.58 AMby gdac

    So glad you shared the sewing in your knickers thing… or I would have shared it for you! They look great – I must make a new ironing board cover. Did you just make an elastic bag/bootie for the chair bits?

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      Apr 26, 2010, 07.42 AMby thecuriouskiwi

      There were just too many witnesses :) The chair cover was so basic, just like the ironing board cover, kind of circular fabric pieces so I whipped them off and copied, too easy! It was too thick for elastic so I just used cord, pulled it tight and tied off.

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