Recovering chairs and cushions is one of the easiest and most rewarding ways to update the look in your house. We’ve dragged this dining table and chairs set across the country twice during our moves and I finally gave in and decided to recover these ugly cushions. So, when I told my friend Lara Georgine, who is a talented designer and artist about it one day, she came up with this wonderful, personalized pattern.
If you are new to ordering custom fabric, you go to a website like Spoonflower and choose the pattern that you want and what you want it printed on. Lara has gorgeous designs that she submits to Spoonflower and then I go on the website and pick what I want it printed on; it can be a fabric or paper, greeting cards, etc. So many choices to choose from! I chose an eco-friendly canvas which will hold up and is a little less impactful to the environment.
Lara took some ideas I had to mimic the birds, birdbaths and bird houses from my yard and intertwined them into a personalized backyard oasis captured on fabric. If you don’t have your own designs or don’t have a talented artist friend who is already on the Spoonflower roster, they have many other great artists just waiting for you to choose from and buy their designs, including my friend Lara who has many other patterns available.
How it Works
If you haven’t recovered anything before, most dining cushions are the easiest pieces to start with. For mine, I only needed to pop out the seat cushion, measure my fabric around the cushion, leaving ample fabric to cover all edges, and then I cut it to size. Next, I stapled the fabric on with a staple gun. Just to reiterate, when cutting out your fabric, make sure you leave plenty of space to wrap over the edges. You will want a tight fit, but think of it like wrapping a package. You want extra to fold over and tuck under the cushion. You can always cut the extra off once you’ve stapled it on.
I’d love to hear your experience with ordering custom fabrics!