My mom found this cute glider that is “Isaac-sized” at a church sale last year. I was so grateful she bought it. The honey color matches his furniture perfectly. I want to make this corner a little reading nook for him. However, the fabric on the cushions was AWFUL. It feels like burlap and looks like something from a 1970’s double-wide trailer (sorry if you have this pattern and love it).

Last time I reupholstered a glider I did not show you the process. So I thought I would take you along this time.

1. I got out these…

2. I picked up the nasty cushion and started to rip the seams apart…

3. And I found this inside…At this point you could cut new foam if it is in bad shape. However, this was doable and it is a kid’s chair that he will outgrew soon enough.

4. Here is the top cushion. Since the foam was a lot thinner than the glider I redid for Kayla’s room I was able to sew the same line in it. However, on the other glider I did had too thick of foam to sew through on my machine. I used fabric covered buttons and I hand-sewed them on and pulled the string through the back of the cushion and tied it off. It also gave that tufted look.

5. Some of you are going to cringe at this next part. I cut apart Isaac’s baby comforter. Now before you get all sentimental on me…a) he never once used it b) we actually hung it on his wall as decoration 3) he is a boy and probably will not be disappointed that I did not keep it in tact. Moving on…

6. Then I cut the ties off of his baby bumper…(more cringing)

7. Then I pinned the nasty fabric pieces to his bedding and cut it out…

8. I was not too concerned about placement, I was more concerned about getting all four pieces cut out of the fabric.

9. With right sides together I sewed the three sides together leaving the bottom opened. I then replaced the cushion and tucked under the bottom edges and sewed it shut. Then I sewed on the ties. Lastly, I sewed that middle part. I just felt the indentations and tried to sew straight enough. As you can tell, it wasn’t totally straight.

Whatcha think??? Better huh?

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  1. That looks so great! Much cuter. I have one of those in the garage that could use a remake of its own. Thanks for the idea.

  2. I love that you give the explination for cutting apart Isaac’s comforter. I am not a big sentimental person (except for a very few chosen things)…it seems to become clutter most of the time, so I just had to laugh at you justifying cutting it apart. The chair looks great by the way!

  3. I’m impressed! And I think it’s a great idea to use that baby comforter! Better to use it than to save it in the attic forever!

  4. Thanks for the tutorial… I would
    REALLY like to recover the one in the nursery… (although it was in there for the other two and the color scheme hasn’t changed, I’m sick of looking at it)… it was a $50 craigslist find. I would love to try this, though not sure if I’m gutsy enough. My sewing skills are at a minimum (ie. patching pants, sewing hems/seams, etc.) : )

    You are a fun mom. : ) So glad your kiddos get to have such fun rooms.

  5. Holey moley, that is awesome! It is so cute now-I love it! Thanks for the instructions.

  6. I loved the way you warmed people how not being too emotional about cutting apart your son’s comforter !!! Thanks for the good laugh !!! 😀 It’s true: Pierre is 12 yo and he doesn’t even remember having a comforter ! Emma is more sentimental about all her baby stuffs.

    AH! and you are very creative 😉

  7. It looks so much better…but I’m one of the cringers! LOL! I fully admit that I’m way too sentimental and get too attached to things though.

    ~ Sarah

  8. that is amazing!! I would NEVER think of something like that. That’s why I need your blog, to steal ideas!!

  9. You did a great job on the glider. I don’t cringe too much about putting things to good re-use. I hung onto my baby’s comforter (never used) for 15 years before it finally went in a garage sale. BTW, came over from In His Grace. I saw your comment when I went back to check my order.

  10. Your website is so cute. I cant stop reading it,it by far is one of the most creative websites I have seen in a long time. Thank you for sharing!

  11. Wow. This is great! I am totally doing this to mine.. Mine is gross. The cushions are gross. And its been demoted to a room that just basically stores furniture. When I muster up the courage, I am totally doing this. And I will reference you! 🙂 Thanks for the idea!

  12. THANK YOU! We have a similar glider and ottoman (sp?) with equally nasty fabric. I have been wanting to recover it for over a year now, but I don't have the best sewing skills and I'm scared. I haven't been able to find an example of someone doing this to see how it turned out. It looks easy enough and I think I can handle it. I just have to figure out what to do with the arm covers that are on the chair.

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