Kick-it-up-cycle Chair

Kick-it-up-cycle Chair

Transform an old metal-framed chair into a bright and functional focal point.


5 col

Difficulty: Easy

Materials
Repurposed metal frame chair
(2) 75 yard x 1/4” diameter polyester heat fusible craft cord, 2 colors of choice
Work gloves
Utility knife
Scissors
Lighter
Point-nose pliers

Directions

REMOVING THE OLD COVERING FROM THE FRAME:

  1. Put on work gloves. Use a utility knife and scissors to cut away all the old covering from the metal frame and discard (See images below)

ADDING THE CORD TO THE FRAME:

Note: The metal chair frame will comprise of a back section and a seat section. These sections maybe divided with additional metal supports that you can utilize to tie the cord around. Our chair frame has four sections. The cord colors will be alternated for each section. Sections 1 and 3 will be pink and sections 2 and 4 will be turquoise. Use the image below as a guideline for the following steps.

  1. Starting with Section 4, tie one end of the turquoise rope in a hitch knot around the inside frame edge where Sections 3 and 4 meet. Pull the cord taut and over the front edge of Section 4. Wrap the cord completely around the front edge of Section 4 once then pull it back and over the inside frame next to the hitch knot. Wrap the cord once completely around the inside frame edge where Sections 3 and 4 meet and then pull it back and over to the front edge of Section 4. Repeat the pattern until the whole of Section 4 is complete. Once you reach the end of the section, tie a hitch knot to secure the end of the cord to the frame (See images below)

Expert Tip: It is important to keep the cord taut at all times so the seat won’t have loose sections. If the rope is too long to work with on the spool, cut off long sections of at least 15’ and complete Section 4 in increments. Tie the ends of the rope to the frame once it runs out and continue with a new piece.

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  1. Repeat the pattern from Step 2 to add turquoise cord to Section 2 (See image below)

  1. To add pink cord to Section 3, tie the cord with a hitch knot to the inside edge of the frame where Sections 2 and 3 meet. Pass the pink cord across Section 3 and pull it around the frame where Sections 3 and 4 meet. Pass the pink cord through the first gap in the turquoise cord, keeping the cord taut, and pull it back towards the hitch knot. Continue the pattern passing the pink cord between the gaps in the turquoise cord until Section 3 is complete. Tie a hitch knot to secure the end of the cord to the frame (See images below)

  1. To add pink cord to Section 1, a combination of Steps 2 and 4 are needed. Follow Step 2 for the pattern on the top of Section 1 and Step 4 for the pattern on the bottom of Section 1 (See images below)

Expert Tip: If the frame on one side of the section you’re wrapping is longer than the other, the cord can be wrapped around the longer side twice or three times while still wrapped once around the shorter side. This will help fill out the longer side without overcrowding the shorter side.

FUSING THE CORD ENDS:

  1. Turn the chair over to expose the underside. Trim off excess cord wherever there is a knot, leaving 1” remaining (See images below)

  1. Carefully hold a lighter up to the 1” end of cord for about 5-8 seconds until the cord starts to melt. Squeeze the melted end with a pair of point-nose pliers to fuse it and stop it fraying. Repeat for all cord ends (See images below)

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