Country Cottage Table & Chairs

Materials

  • TABLE:
  • Round or square table
  • Cotton fabrics with coordinating prints and textures: one for table top and five for skirt. (Note: Measure table, following instructions and purchase fabrics accordingly)
  • Coordinating piping (measurement around edge of table plus 1/8 yd.)
  • CHAIR: For One
  • Old wooden chair
  • Foam, 2” thick, same size as chair seat
  • White fabric placemat or lightweight dish or tea towel
  • Cotton fabrics with coordinating prints and textures: one for skirt and two for foam pad. (Note: Measure chair, following instructions and purchase fabrics accordingly)
  • Coordinating piping (double measurement around edge of chair seat plus an additional 1/4 yd.)
  • Coordinating buttons, 5/8”, four
  • Coordinating ribbon: four 16” lengths for ties attached to placemat and two 60” lengths for ties attached to seat cover
  • White Battenburg lace (measure around edge of chair seat plus an additional 1/4 yd.)

Tools

  • TABLE:
  • Sewing needle
  • Tape measure
  • Sewing machine and matching thread
  • Iron and pressing board
  • CHAIR:
  • Americana Paints (DecoArt): Satins: White; Acrylic: Sapphire
  • Fabric Painting Medium (DecoArt)
  • Stencil Décor adhesive stencil (Plaid): Damask
  • Stencil brush
  • Sewing needle and matching thread

Directions

Note

  • 1. Sew all seams with right sides together, using a 3/8” seam allowance, pinning and pressing as needed.

Table

  • 1. Cut fabric the same shape as table top, and 3/8” around edge. Sew piping 3/8” from edge of fabric shape.
  • 2. For skirt, measure table from top edge to floor. Divide measurement by five and add 1” to width of each of the fabric strips around the side of the table. For the lengths of the strips, cut them the measurement around the edge of the table plus at least 20”. (Note: The more extra fabric you add, the fuller the skirt will be.) Piece strips as needed for required lengths.
  • 3. Sew short ends of strip together to make five tubes. Sew long edges of strips together, staggering seams to finish skirt.
  • 4. Sew a basting stitch close to top edge of assembled skirt. Pull stitches to gather slightly and sew around table top fabric shape along piping stitching, adjusting gathers so they are even.
  • 5. To hem, turn bottom edge of skirt under 1/4” and then turn under 1/4” again. Sew close to turned edge.

Chair - Note

  • 1. Note: Sew all seams with right sides together, using a 3/8” seam allowance, pinning and pressing as needed.

Chair

  • 1. Paint chair White. (Note: If chair already had a finish on it, lightly sand and wipe dust before painting.)
  • 2. For chair back cover, mix two parts Sapphire with one part Fabric Painting Medium. Lightly stencil damask design on center of front half of placemat. Fold one end of each 16” ribbon length over, Sew folded ribbon ends and buttons to corners of placemat. Fold placemat over top of chair. Tie ribbon lengths into bows.
  • 3. For chair skirt, cut shape from skirt fabric, that is the same size as chair seat, adding 3/8” around edges. Determine skirt length and add 3/4” to measurement for seams. Measure around edge of chair seat for width of skirt pieces, stopping and starting pieces as needed around connecting wood pieces on chair and adding 1” to each piece. Cut rectangles from skirt fabric for skirt pieces, following length and width measurements. Turn bottom edge of each skirt piece under 1/4” and turn under 1/4” again. Sew close to turned edge. Sew lace across bottom of skirt pieces, Turn sides of skirt pieces under 1/4” and then turn under 1/4” again. Sew close to turned edges. Sew top of skirt pieces around chair seat rectangle. Place skirt over chair seat.
  • 4. For chair pad, cut two shapes from one of the print fabrics, measuring the same size as top and bottom of pad, adding 3/8” from edges of chair pad shapes. Cut a 2-1/2”-wide strips from the remaining print fabric, the length around the foam plus 3/4” (piece strip if needed) for the sides of the pad. Sew 2-1/2” ends of strips together to make a tube. Sew long edges of strips to chair pad rectangles along piping stitching, leaving one side on bottom open for inserting foam. (Note: Line up corners of chair pad rectangles when sewing them to strip.) Turn chair pad cover right side out. Insert foam into cover. Hand sew opening in cover closed. Sew center of two 60” ribbon lengths to back corners of pad. Place pad on chair and tie bows around back of chair.
by Mary Ayres
Country Cottage Table & Chairs
Country Cottage Table & Chairs