Repurposed Plaid Shirt Bench Seat Makeover
I don’t always plan my projects.
Sometimes I just see something at a thrift store that captures my imagination and I just go ahead and run with it.
That’s what happened recently when my local thrift store was having a five dollars a bag clothing sale.
They do this every once in a while and it always makes me feel like a kid in a candy store.
It’s a golden opportunity to look through all the clothes for colors and patterns that strike my fancy.
And the best part is I don’t have to care if they fit or not because I’m not going to be wearing them.
This time I filled my bag with a lot to plaid in many different color combos, including this red flannel shirt that I’m using for today’s project.
One of the things I enjoy the most about decorating is playing with patterns.
And a while back I realized that I don’t have any plaid in my house. None. Nada.
How the heck did that happen?
I’m not sure, but it’s an oversight I’m going to have a lot of fun correcting.
This is what the bench looked like when I started, before I gave it this quick and easy repurposed scarf bench makeover.
It’s a sweet little bench with a removable seat and it’s just the right size for a certain spot in my kitchen.
Recovering seat with plaid shirt
To recover the seat I just lay it down on the shirt and cut out the fabric, leaving a good 3-4 inches all around.
Then I started stapling by pulling the fabric over the seat and stapling in the center on opposite sides, pulling gently.
You want it to be just tight enough, but not too tight. Here are all four centers done.
After pulling and stapling my way towards the corners I used a hammer to make sure the staples were in good and solid.
To get the corners nice and neat I started by gathering the fabric over the corner.
Here you can see that I gathered the fabric three times, and then the last piece was pulled over and across those three gathers.
For a much more detailed tutorial for how to do this check out my kitchen chairs makeover.
Once I had all the corners done I was left with some excess fabric.
I simply trimmed that away to make the underside less bulky, so it sits nice and flat on the bench.
Bench makeover with plaid shirt
And here’s my finished bench seat… plaid all over.
I really think plaid can fit into any home decor style, since it’s available in an endless array of patterns and color combos.
There’s just something about plaid that I’m loving these days.
It’s fun and traditional at the same time.
And it’s timeless.
Plaid is no fad.
So I’m embracing it, and looking for more projects that I can do with my fabulous five dollar bag of plaid.
Thanks so much for reading, and until next time…