How to reupholster a dining room chair with denim pockets

I am passionate about using what I have, making the most of available resources. Whilst making the denim curtains for our bedroom I unpicked and saved all the denim pockets from the former jeans ready for a new project. My initial thoughts were to make a doormat but when my husband mentioned a chair for his corner of the bedroom my plans changed.

Our bedroom has denim curtains, a denim quilt and a denim chair for my side of the bed. It is only fitting my husband has a denim chair for his side of the bed.


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DIY Denim Chair


To make:-

Remove the dropped in seat from the chair. Sand the chair thoroughly, then clean down to remove any grease.

Sand the chair with 120 sandpaper How to use denim to reupholster a dining room chair

Apply fusion mineral paint to the chair. Allow at least two hours then apply a second coat.

fusion mineral paint base chair How to use denim to reupholster a dining room chair

Moving on to the seat remove the tacks from the base of the seat. Carefully keep the hessian.

Using the original seat cover as a template cut out your base fabric. Arrange the denim patches over your base fabric.

Recover a chair seat with denim, denim patched placed ready for stitching

Be mindful about the corners of the new seat cover, try and avoid bulky parts of pockets as you will need to fold the fabric here, the seat when finished needs to drop back into the chair.

Pin the pockets in place.

denim pocket craft, pinned together ready for sewing

Stitch the pockets down, I have used a walking foot to enable my machine to cope with the various thicknesses of fabric.

How to use denim to reupholster a dining room chair

Gather the seat, new cover, hessian back and staple gun.

How to use denim to reupholster a dining room chair

Place the seat cover right side down, place your seat on top. Starting at the central point of each side stretch and staple the new cover in place. Pull the fabric as tight and neatly as you can around the corners.

How to use denim to reupholster a dining room chair

Place your hessian on the underside and staple in place.

Drop the seat cover back into the chair.

DIY Denim Chair, chair painted soft grey with fusion mineral paint, seat recovered in denim pockets


If you prefer a traditional patchwork look then check out theses stunning denim hexagonal pieced chair seats from Pillar Box Blue.

We are still debating what colour to paint our bedroom walls, after a night in a hotel I am now contemplating a soft green… One day we will make a decision, paint the walls and hopefully I can achieve good pictures of the denim curtains so I can share them with you.

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