These Wildflower Chair Pads are a quick & fun project to dress up your ladder-back chairs. The quilt as you go technique makes them a breeze to put together. Change the mood of your room by creating these chair pads in a variety of colors or themes. Bright and lively for an active summer weekend, or soft and mellow for a relaxed feel. Or use festive colors or prints to coordinate with your favorite holidays!
BEFORE YOU START
- Measure your chairs to get the measurement necessary to fold front to back.
- Don’t forget to add length for the chair ties! You’ll want approximately an extra 10″ or more for each chair tie, depending on your preference.
- Project shown is 12″ wide x 26″ long.
- Instructions are for 2 chair pads.
- Adjust cutting measurements as needed according to your measurements, if different from project size shown. Add approximately 4″ or more to new measurements of fusible fleece and backing fabric for ease of construction.
8 Fat quarters
2 yds. Backing fabric
1-1/2 yd. Warm’n Natural Fusible Fleece
1 Fat quarter felted wool
Thread that coordinates with fabrics
- From each of the fat quarters, cut (2) 3-3/4″ x 18″ strips.
- From the fusible fleece, cut (2) 25″ x 36″ rectangles.
- From backing fabric, cut (2) 25″ x 36″ rectangles and (6) 2-1/4″ strips for binding and ties.
- Decide on the order of the fabric strips. Remember that half of them will show on the front of the chair and the other half will show on the back of the chair.
- Following the manufacturer’s instructions, fuse the fleece to the WRONG side of the backing fabric rectangles. Trim edges straight.
- Place the first two strips, right sides together, along the raw edge of the fleece side of the fleece/backing rectangle. Stitch along the raw edge with ¼” seam allowance, through the strips, fleece and backing.
- Carefully press the top strip open, being sure not to touch the hot iron to the fusible fleece. You don’t want to get fusible on your iron!
- Lay strip three along the raw edge of strip two, right sides together. Again stitch through the two strips, the fleece and the backing.
- Continue with the remaining strips to complete the first chair pad. Repeat with the second fleece/backing rectangle and the remaining 8 strips.
- Trim the quilted chair pads to your desired measurement. This project is 12” x 26”.
- Trace 6 petals on the release side of the Steam-A-Seam 2. Following the manufacturer’s instructions, fuse the Steam-A-Seam 2 to the back of the felted wool (or wrong side of your fabric if using print fabric).
- Let cool. Cut along the traced lines.
- Remove the paper from the back of the felted wool shapes and place as desired on the corner of the chair pad, on the front (strip) side, using the finished project picture as a guide. Following the manufacturer’s instructions, fuse to quilted chair pad.
- Press the 6 binding strips in half, lengthwise, wrong sides together. Cut 2 of the strips in half to create (4) 22” long strips.
- Use these (4) 22” long strips to bind the top and bottom of the two chair pads. Trim the edges even.
- Center the remaining binding strips on the left and right sides of the quilted chair pads and bind the long edges. There will be long “ties” hanging off each end. That’s ok –we’ll deal with those in just a bit.
- Once the binding strips are stitched to the front and back of the chair pads, press in the raw edges of the exposed strips that remain at the top and bottom of each chair pad. Don’t forget to turn in the ends of the strip set. Edge stitch the pressed edges to secure. And you’re done!
TIPS FROM THE EXPERT
- For ease of construction, begin edge stitching at one end of the strip set. Continue along the edge of the chair pad in the ditch of the bound edge, and on to the other side of the tie. This technique allows for one continuous stitching line.
- Edge stitching the felted wool petals is not necessary, but does give a nice added touch. If doing so, first determine the placement of the 3 petals. Fuse one petal and edge stitch before fusing the next.
Project design by Tammy Silvers.
For personal, non-commercial use only.