I saw this fabric at Pins & Needles the other week and just had to buy a yard. Its Heather Ross’ Three Little Pigs from Kokka. I’m trying cut back on the impulse-buy-with-no-project-in-mind kind of shopping these days, but what’s a crafter to do when she sees a fabric this adorable? So, while I mulled over the purchase in the shop (really, just trying to think of any project I could possibly think of to justify slapping down $20 for one yard of fabric), I thought of the high chair. The $25 high chair we got off of Craigslist for the house upstate. I’ve had visions of covering it in some adorable fabric, but since the babe’s been no where near the need for a high chair, this project has taken a back burner.
But then these three little piggies just screamed out as a high chair cushion. Admittedly, it took me WAY too long to get this project done. They are just two simple cushion covers, after all. Envelope-type closers (making them easy to remove for the inevitable million times they will be thrown in the wash) with simple ties on each. It doesn’t get any easier than that.
Yet, there the high chair has stood and there the fabric has collected dust for the past few weeks. Because sewing with a babe around has proven a tad challenging for this crafter mama. But the other morning, after Quincy got up at 5:15am and insisted it was time to play until she dropped from exhaustion for a nap at 7am, I had a blessed two hour window to get sewing. And get my sew on, I did!
(check out the old school metal contraption thingy there – that’s gotta be some kind of baby hazard, no? but i figure the woman who sold it to me raised 7 kids in this chair and they all survived without contracting tetanus, so there ya go)
I used 2” foam cushion I had laying around and cut it to the size of the chair (a little nifty tidbit: when cutting foam, a serrated bread knife does the trick.) Then I simply took the measurements of the cushion and added 1” for a seam allowance and 2” to accommodate for the girthy foam. I added 6” to the length of the rectangle to create the envelope enclosure. Then I cut strips 2”x6” and created ties for the bottom and back. Easy peasy.
She’s not quite upright yet, but I think she digs it.