The $4 Quilt Top Chair


Last October I landed a one-two punch in thrifty karma…I found a “great-bones” chair curbside and a fantastic circa 1960s quilt topper for $4.  I had no immediate plans for the topper, (I couldn’t pass up something that was carefully pieced together by another human being) and was waiting (frankly, procrastinating) on the chair.  Then I saw this:


Ginny Avison patchwork chair


For some reason, this lit a fire under me….the fabric was big enough and thank goodness the chair ended up being really easy to take apart..


The chair as I found it, at Le Curbside..


I started pulling the fabric apart and a million staples later…


Another layer of fabric…I can see why they covered this…


This second layer of fabric was thankfully the last (based on the fabric choices, it looks like this chair was from the 1970s) The seat was easy to remove after taking off the bottom screws.


Ready to cover!

Just cover and staple…easy peasy…


After a couple of coats of semi-gloss spray paint, (didn’t worry about covering the fabric when I did so since I was re-upholstering it anyway) the toughest part of this project was aligning the patches on the fabric on the back of the chair with the bottom cushion.  Once I figured that out, the rest was just pulling and stapling in place. The tufting buttons were easily recovered with scrap fabric and a glue gun and pinned back into place.  I also decided at the last minute to add a little black piping where the striped piping used to be.  Attached it with the glue gun, naturally (essential tool..)


She’s a beauty..


Before and After


I am so happy with the finished product, this baby is going to go with me into the next century…and lucky for me, I’ve just found ANOTHER quilt top….


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    1. Me says:

      Fantastic! I love this chair…will be looking for a chair and quilt-topper for you to do for me…

    2. Ana Haydee says:

      Incredible! Is is So beautiful and I envy your capacity to “see” a wonderful project done from almost trash

    3. This is so beautiful! I love it even more than your inpiration piece! Thanks so much for sharing this at our party this week!

      Take care,


    4. Kate says:

      That looks awesome! I would love for you to share it (and any other creations) at my new linky party- “Pin It and Win It Wednesday” @!

      • Hazel says:

        Hi Elaine!Thank you We absolutely adore this rug. We didn’t use a sintcel, although if possible I would advise anyone else attempting this DIY to get their hands on one. The by-hand process is incredibly tedious, but can be done! The diagonals are 9 inches in length and 6 inches wide. I used the same measurements for both colors although I’ve seen variations used and they can look quite nice too! Hope this helps.Jessie

    5. Kym M says:

      Love it! What a great job you did, and you make it sound so easy to do. :)

      • It really was as easy as that…upholstery is not my “thing” so no one was more pleased than me when I was able to pull it off! Thanks of coming by to see me!

    6. Judy Taylor says:

      Awesome idea !!!! You are soooo creative…TYVM for sharing :)

    7. Roberta Holbrook says:

      Upholstering has always scared me off, but if there was a piece that made me want to tackle it, it is this project! I love it…Thanks for the inspiration.

    8. Marie Maurer says:

      What a Great Idea to use quilt tops.
      I am going to share the idea with my quilting club
      Thank you

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