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Nursing glider reCOVERy

Added Feb 22, 2012

by littlewren

Rutledge, Pennsy...






It is unfortunate that I am allergic to the typical wooden nursing glider with the big padded cushions on it. They are comfortable and they definitely have a purpose and a place in our little one’s room. (we’ve been calling him/her ITBERT… “It” just feels so impersonal so we personified it a little!) Last year this time we were still living in China as Peace Corps Volunteers. We found out about Itbert two days before we left China… (the reason I got out my printmaking stuff and made myself and Itbert matching “made in china” shirt and onesie!) Needless to say our return home, and needing to get a place to live left us with a pretty tight budget. Our new home is situated in a GREAT neighborhood where every fall they have a giant group yardsale! We wandered the streets and found an (in my opinion) ugly old nursing glider and stool for only 25 BUCKS!!! (the ones in big R Us type stores go for up to 600 for the two pieces) so we snapped that baby up. I was excited about the find but disgusted by the orangy wood finish and the dirty oatmealy cover. It needed to be fixed! So, I fixed it! I made an initial slip cover with muslin then got some fabric from Ikea and fixed this baby up. A little teal ribbon pulls the chair into the room. If you want to see more nursery pics… (like hand made hot air balloons… too crafty to post on burdastyle, and paintings and general decor) check out Itbert’s nest

Material Notes

Cotton Canvasy Ikea fabric… I wanted something neutral that wouldn’t complicate our small space!




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    Jun 30, 2013, 09.26 PMby Siân Drinkwater

    I love this – need to cover my glider and didn’t even consider skirts. Beautiful.

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    Feb 23, 2012, 02.46 PMby Douli Bee

    Very very very good!I want to do the same, I even bought the fabric but I’m afraid to start the project. I’m not as good as you are! You did an excellent job!

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      Feb 23, 2012, 03.23 PMby littlewren

      Thank you, but I’m sure you can do it as well, probably better than I did! Can’t wait to see your finished project! :)

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    Feb 22, 2012, 09.19 PMby jennyrecorder

    Well done, it looks great. I have two chairs to make slip covers for, but I am put off by the size and complexity of the project, how long did this take you as a guesstimate?

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      Feb 22, 2012, 10.11 PMby littlewren

      probably about 4 hours to make the muslin pattern and get it right, then about 2 to cut and sew the real thing, though I’m totally a hand sewer so I used my machine for a few parts but most is sewn by hand. Glad you like it! :)

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    Feb 22, 2012, 04.30 PMby janul

    haha, “made in China” is so funny :). off to look at your blog!

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    Feb 22, 2012, 03.38 PMby patti-r

    Wow the chair looks great, love the fabric!!!

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