I seem to collect a lot of chairs. Sometimes, during a change of seasons, a move to a new house or when I am trying to get a new look, I just wish they looked a little different.
Or sometimes they have a little stain (not that mine does…oh, ok, it does) or whatever and I want to cover it up in a hurry.
So, what do I do? I head to Ethan Allen and buy a new one!
No, I don’t. Just kidding. I don’t even head to Pottery Barn or the thrift store. I head to my fabric stash.
Behold, the chair scarf. Now I know these things probably have a fancy-pants designer name (and I am guessing it is French), but I have just always referred to them by their unscientific not chic or sophisticated name: chair scarf. A chair scarf is just a long, tw0-sided piece of fabric sewed up and trimmed. Kind of like a table runner for your chair.
A chair scarf is an easy way to change the look of your chair easily, in a few different ways! One side could be your spring look, the other side could be your winter look!
I’m not using any of these chair scarves in my new house, but I just needed them to be a model for today. I’ve got some new looks planned so I need a new chair scarf.
Wrap a chair scarf over the seat of the chair and yet again, another look! A chair scarf is special because it looks kind of custom and fancy. And I like to be fancy, in a non-fancy sort of way.
It is easy, you could make dozens of these, and have endless looks for your chair. And, it will even work if you have a patterned chair — just make your chair scarf a solid or coordinating pattern. It can totally change the look of any chair.
If you want to be super simple and change your look with no sewing, go ahead and just fold up some fabric on the back of your chair! If you don’t sew (like me) you could glue some trim on or some tassels to fancy it up. You can do similar things with a blanket, throw or quilt.
Or, use a real scarf! You don’t even have to reinvent the wheel to be fancy.
These are all simple, frugal and easy ways to fix up, mix up or brighten up an old chair in a hurry.
Have a great day!
PS. Check out Meredith’s lovely chair scarf!!!