Saturday, September 12, 2009

The Shirt Off His Back

Awhile ago in this post, I showed you this picture and I asked you to guess what I was going to do with it.

I recovered 2 of our dining room chairs. The old covers had been clawed by our cats and were really a mess!

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All the fabric except for the one with the white swirls came from men’s shirts that I bought at Goodwill and Salvation Army. It is such wonderful soft fabric to work with.DSC07926

The chairs sit at either end of our table.

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When we need extra seating in our living room, I just move them there and they look great and are comfortable too.

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I still have some of the shirt fabric leftover. I wonder what else I could do with it?

We have a beautiful day here. Hope you do too and I hope you enjoy the weekend.

Rhondi xo

39 comments:

  1. Rhondi, you are amazing! I could never have guessed that this is what you'd do with those shirts. Besides being creative you must be meticulous, as those covers fit perfectly.
    What an inspiration!

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  2. Make pillows with the shirts. I love to make pillows. They could look great on the sofa or other chairs in the same room with the matching chairs . Which by the way are so pretty. You have great talent.

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  3. Pillows! Or placemats for the table when your wonderful 'shirt' chairs are there. I love what you did with the shirts and the chairs. How innovative - and smart! ~Adrienne~

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  4. Those are gorgeous and so is the room, sweetpea!! I'm talking fantastic gorgeous, ya know!!!
    xoxo,
    Connie

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  5. These chairs are gorgeous! Oh I envy your ability to take shirts and do something as beautiful as this. Your color scheme is wonderful.

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  6. Rhondi, these chairs have a beautiful shape and the fabric is great. It must have taken some time to put that together but it is so worth it. I think the placemat and pillow idea would be the thing to do with the extra fabric. Really love this idea.

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  7. Oh My Rhondi, Those are wonderful!!! Love the idea!!!!! Nancy

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  8. You are so clever! They are terrific.

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  9. You did such a wonderful job with the upholstery. That is a real talent. Love the chairs. They are gorgeous. Hugs, Marty

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  10. Hi Rhondi,

    Great idea, and great job recovering the chairs!
    I once used an appliqued blouse from a thrift store to make a pillow with. Maybe you could also make pillows with your leftover fabric!

    Thanks for sharing! I love cute thrifty ideas like these!

    Sherri:)
    P.S. I just wanted to tell(I think again)how much I love your tea set in your blog heading photo!!!

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  11. I love the symmetry of your dining room. And the chairs put an excellent exclamation point on it all!!! Sally

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  12. Hi Rhondi! Oh, the chairs look fabulous! I can't believe you used shirts - it looks wonderful. Aren't you the most creative one!
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;) I just love looking at your beautiful home.

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  13. Rhondi, you are such an amazingly creative person. I'm so happy to have you in my circle of Blogville friends. You are such an inspiration! I was so excited when I saw these. When I was making my bow tie quilt with the wool samples (story in my very first post) I laid the finished quilt top over one of my dining room chairs when I finished sewing the squares together. I loved the look and thought about using some of the squares to make covers to slip over the chairs for winter. Haven't thought about it again since. Now I have new inspiration to do just that. I know it won't happen this fall, but could be a great winter project. I have boxes of the wool fabric left and need to do something with them. Love your blue shirt chairs. Absolutely delightful! You are one clever lady! ~ Sarah

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  14. Brilliant idea and beautifully done, Rhondi. They look so chic.

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  15. What a fabulous project! The chairs turned out beautifully!

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  16. Oh My Goodness! That is one of the neatest projects I've ever seen. Kitty Bartholomew would be so proud of you. It's beautiful. :)

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  17. What a great, terrific project you have accomplished! Hmmm...what to do with that leftover fabric...how about I give you my address, no better yet...I will buy a plane ticket & you can come do my chairs!
    :o)
    Can you give us a tutorial on how to reupholster furniture?????
    Good job!

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  18. WHAT?? How many shirts did it take--I am flabergasted!! THat is awesomely beautiful!! I love it!! I love your dining area. Love the red, the wood and the blue and the blue and white plates. AND do you know what--you caused caos (spelling? pronounced Kay os) at our house yesterday. Yup!! you surely did. All of this blue and white lovin (southernese) going on and I thought, " hmmmmm, I think for the fall and winter I will put all of my blue and white cups in my teacup shelf". Well , after I did that then I thought," Hmmm, I think I will put the assorted cups that had been on the teacup shelf on the mantel area." Then having done this I decided I needed to change the picture...this led to a change in the tablecloth,...this led to a moving of my other table that is also in that room....this led to the moving of the furniture in the room that adjoins this room. WOW ! talk about a domino affect. But I like the result and I am happy. Soooooooo, you never know what may happen as a result of something you happen to show or say on your blog!!! Perhaps I will show a little of this on my spindle cottage blog when they do the Metamorphis Monday--or whatever day it is--hard to keep up!!

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  19. Wow Rhondi! Those are fabulous!!! I absolutely love them. You are so creative and talented...I am extremely envious of your sewing talents.
    Hugs,
    Penny

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  20. LOVE the contrast with the red on the walls and the blues...great job!!

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  21. Hi Rhondi,
    That was a big project! You did a great job.I love that you recycled old shirts to make beautiful chair covers.

    Have a good weekend!

    Carolyn

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  22. Rhondi,
    You have scored again. Great project, great idea and perfect for you dining room.
    ritad

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  23. Oh, Rhondi! My jaw dropped when I saw the pictures. A great idea wonderfully executed.

    I have a suggestion for your kitties. Get some of those cardboard scratching boards, liberally apply fresh catnip twice a week. You can dress them up by putting them in thrift store baskets.

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  24. Well, our day here in Texas was a wet one but, we need the rain so badly. I enjoyed it anyway!

    Your chairs are absolutely to die for! Perfect for your beautiful red dining room. I wonder what you will do with the leftovers? Pillows, an ottoman cover or a throw for the couch? I'll bet you come up with something wonderful!

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  25. These are faulous Rhondi! Once again, a little ingenuity and you have something really unique and beautiful and probably for less than purchased upholstery fabric. What a great idea:>)

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  26. You finished them! They look lovely!

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  27. What unique looking chairs! So inventive and they look great in the dining room or the living room. Great job...looks professional!~Patti

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  28. Very nice! I found your blog by visiting Jackie. I love the tea set on your banner too.

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  29. Hi Rhondi! Everything you do is gorgeous! What a great use of fabric and so appropriate with your blues/whites! Here's an idea (I didn't read others comments so hope it isn't a repeat!) How about making a large yo-yo placement or runner. The yo-yo's will mimic your plate collection and still tie in with the patchwork!!! I saw a table runner in HomeGoods and am getting ready to make a yo-yo one for myself! Just a thought - Sincerely, Jeannette

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  30. You have a wonderful sense of colour and your use of shirts on those wonderful chairs took my breath away!

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  31. WoW !!! Amazing! Just love this look in your dining room. That must a been some big shirt!

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  32. Your chairs are just gorgeous. It is hard to believe you used old men's shirts. I'm so impressed with your ideas and the fact that you carry them out so beautifully. Love your photos always. Thanks for sharing.

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  33. Hi Rhondi ! They are gorgeous ! What a good ideal . You could make yo yo's out of the left overs. I have been hung up on making those things here lately !

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  34. I'd swear I was looking at magazine photos, the chairs are drop dead gorgeous. You have a skill for upholstering, they fit beautifully.

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  35. Good golly.... Miss Molly .... those are the most beautiful chairs in the WORLD....... the blues are perfect ..... just stunning..
    HUgs
    Linda

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  36. Those chairs have so much character. Love them.

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  37. Precious chairs, Rhondi! Love these!

    XO,

    Sheila :-)

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