Souped Up Sand Chair

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If you’ve been eyeing those expensive beach chairs with pockets and cushions for $60 - $100, this project is for you. A half yard of scrap fabric is enough to create the entire project.  Add a few notions to my $11 Target chair and it goes from blah to super!  The detachable unit includes two pockets and a plastic ring for storing items on the backside.  Two metal rings attached to thegenerous size cushion allow it to be flipped to the back of the chair easily.  The zippered pillow cover slips off for laundering when necessary.  Make this project then sit and enjoy!

Fabric

Pillow cover = 2 pieces 16” x 12”
Pillow tabs = 2 pieces 2.50” x 3”
Pocket back = one piece 16.25” x 12.25
Pocket = 16.25” x 10.25”
Pocket straps 4.25” x 4.50”
Interface all of the above.

Notions


9” zipper
2 rectangle rings 1.50” x 1”
1 round plastic ring 1.50”
28” -  3/4” cotton tape
10” x 14” pillow form
two velcro strips 4” long

All seams are 5/8" except where noted.

Directions

step 1 - Stitch the front and back of the pillow cover on the 12” edge.  Leave 8.75” open in the center.  Machine baste the 8.75” opening.

step 1 - Stitch the front and back of the pillow cover on the 12” edge.  Leave 8.75” open in the center.  Machine baste the 8.75” opening.

step 2 - Press the seam open. Center the zipper over the center of the seam.  Pin the zipper to the seam and stitch in place on the right side of the fabric.

step 2 - Press the seam open. Center the zipper over the center of the seam.  Pin the zipper to the seam and stitch in place on the right side of the fabric.

step 3 - On the right side of the fabric remove the basting stitch revealing the zipper.  Open the zipper.

step 3 - On the right side of the fabric remove the basting stitch revealing the zipper.  Open the zipper.

step 4 - Fold pillow tabs in half with right sides together. Stitch on the long edge. Turn right side out. Slip on the metal rectangle and bring the tab ends together.  Pin the tab ends to the 16” side of the pillow fabric, 2” in from the corner.

step 4 - Fold pillow tabs in half with right sides together. Stitch on the long edge. Turn right side out. Slip on the metal rectangle and bring the tab ends together.  Pin the tab ends to the 16” side of the pillow fabric, 2” in from the corner.

step 5 - With right sides together and both tabs pinned in place, sew the 16” seam.  Use the zipper foot if the metal rectangle interferes with sewing the seam.  Add a second row of stitching over the tabs to reinforce them.

step 6 - Sew the remaining two sides of the pillow cover.

step 7 - Turn the cover right side out and fill it with the pillow form.

step 7 - Turn the cover right side out and fill it with the pillow form.

step 8 - Press the pocket hem 1.50”.  Topstitch in place on the right side. 

step 9 - Double hem the pocket back 5/8” and topstitch.

step 10 - With the right side of the pocket to the wrong side of the pocket back, sew the bottoms together. Press the seam allowance toward the pocket back. Trim the allowance to a quarter of an inch. Sew the side seams.

step 10 - With the right side of the pocket to the wrong side of the pocket back, sew the bottoms together. Press the seam allowance toward the pocket back. Trim the allowance to a quarter of an inch. Sew the side seams.

step 11 - Press the side seams to the pocket back.  Trim the seam allowance to one quarter inch. Turn the pocket right side out.  Top stitch across the bottom 3/8” from edge.

step 11 - Press the side seams to the pocket back.  Trim the seam allowance to one quarter inch. Turn the pocket right side out.  Top stitch across the bottom 3/8” from edge.

step 12 - Fold the straps in half on the long edge. Stitch across a short side and the long one. Turn the tabs right side out.

step 12 - Fold the straps in half on the long edge. Stitch across a short side and the long one. Turn the tabs right side out.

step 13 - Cut a piece of cotton tape to fit the left side of the pocket back. Turn the ends under and stitch close to the long edges of the tape.  Repeat on the right side of the pocket back.

step 13 - Cut a piece of cotton tape to fit the left side of the pocket back. Turn the ends under and stitch close to the long edges of the tape.  Repeat on the right side of the pocket back.

step 14 - Position straps on the upper front and back of the pocket back, one directly behind the other, one inch away from the tape.  Stitch the straps 5/8” from the raw edges.

step 14 - Position straps on the upper front and back of the pocket back, one directly behind the other, one inch away from the tape.  Stitch the straps 5/8” from the raw edges.

step 15 - Trim the raw edges to 1/8”.

step 15 - Trim the raw edges to 1/8”.

step 16 - Turn the straps up and topstitch 3/8” from the first row of stitching.

step 16 - Turn the straps up and topstitch 3/8” from the first row of stitching.

step 17 - Stitch velcro strips to each strap - one to an inside strap and one to an outside strap so they will overlap and fasten.  

step 17 - Stitch velcro strips to each strap - one to an inside strap and one to an outside strap so they will overlap and fasten.

 

step 18 - Slip a piece of cotton tape through the plastic ring. Sew the tape to the top center of the pocket with the raw edges inside.  Mark the vertical center of the pocket with tape and stitch along the tape edge from the bottomup to the tape to create a divided pocket.  

step 18 - Slip a piece of cotton tape through the plastic ring. Sew the tape to the top center of the pocket with the raw edges inside.  Mark the vertical center of the pocket with tape and stitch along the tape edge from the bottomup to the tape to create a divided pocket.

 

 

Supplies

At JoAnns

  •  half yard of fabric
  •  half yard fusible interfacing
  •  9” zipper
  •  2 rectangle rings 1.50” x 1”
  •  1 round plastic ring 1.50”
  •  28” -  3/4” cotton tape
  •  10” x 14” pillow form
  •  miscellaneous sewing notions

Target

  • chair

 


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