Saturday, February 6, 2010

Ya'll Knew...Make- Do

Here's what I made with my two ladder back chairs and curtains.
I guess you could call it a make-do settee.
I've made a number of make-do chairs and have been wanting to try a settee.
I'm pretty happy with the results.
I did cut the fabric a little to
short on the seat cushion and I didn't have another curtain to cut up,
so I'll just have to live with my mistake.
I filled the cushion with down for an early look.
I know the fabric looks black and white,
but, it's black and dark cream.
Many of you ask if I would post photos and instructions of my project.
I'm sorry to say that I got so engrossed in the project it's self I didn't take time to take
photos of my work in progress.

Now don't fret!
My dear sweet blogging buddy Lisa of Primitives From Above did a tutorial recently
explaining how she made her make-do chair and she was kind enough to let me add
a link to her tutorial.
My settee was made using the same basic process Lisa used.
For the settee two chairs are placed side by side and held together by placing
one piece of plywood across the back and front, just like Lisa did with her chair.
Make sure the chairs seat form a straight line in front.
The front legs will be together, but there will be a gap between the back legs.
In the past I tacked the fabric on the chair.
This time I measured and sewed
the fabric, almost like making slip covers.

Thanks to everyone who commented on my " What Do You Get" post
it was fun reading your comments,
and a special thanks to Lisa for sharing!


  1. That turned out fabulous, Linda! Love the fabric choice!
    Are you buried under a lot of snow? We were only suppose to get 2-6 inches, but got more like a foot!!

    Enjoy your weekend!

  2. AMAZING!!! What a great job you did. I love your fabric choice.

  3. Oh my goodness!! What a wonderful settee! You did a fabulous job on it. Thanks for sharing. Now I'm going to have to go look at the tutorial!

  4. OMG! This is AMAZING!!! I have two ladder backs that I would love to try this with. Thank you for the inspiration!!

  5. Oh, I really really love this. I am going to the tutorial right now, to see if i can make one. I have many ladderback chairs.
    Thanks for the great pictures, Cheryl

  6. Very Sweet piece!!!!

  7. Love it! I have 1/2" plywood, would that be ok to use for the wood?
    Thanks, cheryl

  8. Hi Cheryl,
    I used 1/4", I would think that 1/2 would work as will make for a much heavier chair.

  9. OMG! Linda! I LOVE IT!
    It really looks amazing.
    Thank You so much for sharing the results!


  10. Linda, thank you for answering my question. I do have one more question. You said you made your covers like slipcovers, once you sewed them did you then tack them on, or just put them in place. I am going to make some tomorrow. Once I find out about the slipcovers
    TIA, cheryl

  11. WOW!!!..WOW!!!!...WOW!!!...AWESOME!!!..I'm definitely going to have to make me one someday!!..Thanks for sharing!!~~hugs,Jen

  12. SIMPLY AMAZING! It turned out beautiful!

  13. Wow! That is an amazing job!! I love the fabric! I want one too.
    Great work, Kim

  14. Cheryl...I folded the fabric under the sides and seat, glued and tacked.
    Hope this helps,

  15. Very awesome!!!! I so want to try a make do chair.


  16. Linda~ Wow! It is nice to meet another person who will be in the Country Sampler Home Tour Edition! It is so neat that your friend will be in the same issue as you! Your home is beautiful! You are very talented. Thank you for visiting my blog. I am now a follower of yours. ~Dan~

  17. OH Linda FABULOUS !!! I love the chairs you have done and this is doubly wonderful !!
    Thank you for giving us the link and for you & your friend for sharing your knowledge.
    Going over to check it out.
    Hugs ~ Connie xox

  18. Ohhh!! It looks wonderful Linda!!
    Great job!!


  19. Linda, I LOVE your settee. I read Lisa's tutorial when she did that a while back and thought - I can do this! Now I've added a double seat to my list! (DH thanks you both for adding to his list - LOL). ~Ann

  20. WOW! I'm blown away. It looks awesome and it blends with everything in your parlor. Great job! You have a fantastic eye. The link from your friend has inspired me to give this a try. Thanks for sharing!


  21. WOW - Looks great!! Thanks for asking to use my link... I appreciate it. I love the cloth you picked out as well. Looks primtastic!!

  22. OH my!! Simply BEAUTIFUL!!!!!!!!!! I would love to make one of those!!

  23. oh my gosh......that is so stinkin' cute!.....have been wanting to try one myself, haven't gotten the courage, but LOOOOOOVE yours

  24. Absolutely the greatest. I read Lisa's tutorial a month or so and still say I am going to do this now I want the settee also. I have had the wood on the ladder back for about 2 yrs. but still don't think I can tackle doing the fabric, hopefully one of these mornings I will wake up and say I can do this, and actually do it. Thanks for sharing, just made my day.

  25. I love that....The material choice is looks amazing...
    Trena,Timeworn Primitives..