How to Reupholster a Chair with #MichaelsFabrics

Thank you to Michaels for sponsoring this post and project today on How to Reupholster a Chair with #MichaelsFabrics!
Reupholstered Chair with #MichaelsFabrics

Hi friends! Remember last weekend I shared that Michaels now carries fabric? Exciting day, right? The new pre-cut fabric line includes cotton, canvas, burlap, felt, faux fur, crushed velvet and tulle, and will be available in a variety of sizes from a half-yard to 2 yards. That is absolutely perfect for SO MANY crafts, DIYs and sewing projects.

So Michaels sent me a sampling of their fun new fabric line…


And I loved all of it! I have so many projects in mind, but I finally completed my first one and wanted to share it with you! So the zebra print? Fabulous, right? I was instantly drawn to it, and since it was on a sturdy canvas, I knew it was PERFECT for a reupholster job that have I have been meaning to do forever. And I really do mean, forever.

I’ve had this chair for YEARS. I bought it in all of it’s paint removed, chippy goodness and though I haven’t wanted to touch its shabby chicness of a finish, I have wanted to reupholster the chair! I have walked isles of fabric stores forever, but have never taken the plunge. Honestly, it could just be that I haven’t wanted to deal with the hassle of going to the fabric desk, how silly is that? But for someone like me, the pre-cut fabric at Michaels is a life-saver. Or I suppose a project-saver!

How to Reupholster a Chair with #MichaelsFabrics

So I grabbed the fab zebra printed canvas, my trusty staple gun and some scissors and got to work!

What you’ll need:

  • Michaels fabric
  • Scissors
  • Staple gun
  • Staples (I used 8mm)
  • Seat to be reupholstered

And the steps:

  1. (Not shown) I did iron out the fabric a bit before starting the project, just to smooth the fold lines.
  2. Next, I laid the fabric out, print sized up to line up how and where I wanted the pattern on the chair.
  3. One I had that in place, I cut around the seat a few inches, so that there was plenty of fabric to fold and secure under the seat.
  4. Then I turned the fabric over, print side down and positioned the seat for stapling.
  5. I started stapling the fabric to the seat, starting with the longest, straightest side.
  6. I then moved to the opposite side, securing the fabric with staples.
  7. I finished the other two sides.
  8. Lastly, I secured the corners with pleats, grabbing the middle, pulling straight, then folding two pieces over and stapling.
  9. Once complete, you can cut off excess fabric and re-secure the seat to the chair, and you’re done!

How to Reupholster a Chair with #MichaelsFabrics

I love how the seat turned out and what an amazing transformation it was in just a few minutes! Really, the project start to finish probably only took me 30 minutes. And now I have a fun new chair that will likely take residence in my office/craft room. Here are a few pictures of the completed beauty…

Reupholstered Chair with #MichaelsFabrics

Reupholstered Chair with #MichaelsFabrics

Reupholstered Chair with #MichaelsFabrics

Reupholstered Chair with #MichaelsFabrics

Isn’t she fun? I’m really happy with how it turned out – AND with how fabulous that fabric is! So very easy to work with, great colors, great quality! And I love that the pre-cut size was PERFECT for what I needed and really made this project a breeze. I’m not sure how many more years would have gone by before I reupholstered this chair if it wasn’t for Michaels Fabrics!

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So tell me – what will YOUR first #MichaelsFabric project be? Head over to Michaels today, pick up your fabric…and be sure to share with us what you create!

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    • says

      It wasn’t, Kate! The ivory fabric was stapled in by the last owner, so I just pulled those staples out. I left the layer underneath because it’s easier to cover existing padding and fabric, and that fabric was so thin, it really was the ideal situation.

  1. says

    I WANT that chair! Beautiful job, Kim!!
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    • says

      Thank you Katie! It was so simple – I wish I had done it sooner. But the pre-cut fabric is going to open so many doors for me, hehe!

  2. says

    I am on the look out for a couple of Shabby chic style chairs that I will need to upholster so was very excited to hear about Michael’s pre-cut fabric.

    Your chair looks stunning and a lot better than some of them I have upholstered in the past. I will follow your guidelines this time and the outcome I am sure will great.

    Thanks for the excellent tips!


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