The decoration on this deck chair is a great way to bring memories alive by using photos of family members and favorite vacations.
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You Will Need
With the deck chair frame flat, measure the length
and add on enough extra to fold the fabric over
the wooden batons and for a hem at each end. Cut
the deck chair fabric to this measurement.
Use a scanner or color photocopier to copy the postcards or vintage photos onto heat transfer paper, following the
manufacturer’s instructions. Cut the images out and
transfer directly onto the deck chair fabric. Alternatively, transfer the images onto plain muslin and then cut and stitch onto the fabric.
Fold over each end of the fabric into a small hem, then
fold again to make a channel for the batons. Stitch along
the first fold line with the sewing machine.
Cut the coral fabric into one strip 18 x 31/4 in.
(45 x 8 cm), one strip 13 x 31/4 in. (33 x 8 cm), and
two strips each 223/4 x 31/4 in. (58 x 8 cm). Cut the striped fabric into one strip 18 x 61/4 in. (45 x 6 cm),
one strip 13 x 61/4 in. (33 x 6 cm), and two strips 223/4 x 61/4 in. (58 x 6 cm). Apply Bondaweb to the back of
each strip, following the manufacturer’s instructions.
Iron the strips to one piece of the muslin to create the
Union Jack. Zigzag stitch the orange and blue rick rack
onto the diagonals to complete the design. Zigzag along
all raw edges and then add the buttons.
Place the two pieces of muslin RS together and machine
stitch around the sides and bottom, leaving the top open.
Turn out and press. Insert the pillow pad.
Fold the remaining length of deck chair fabric in half. Place the cushion on top, with open raw edges aligned with the raw edges of the flap, and machine stitch together. Press the seam allowance toward the flap. Use the glue gun to fix a length of decorative trim over the seam allowance to hide the raw edges.
Just one thing...
Vintage postcards and
photos can often be found at
yard sales or antique shops if
you do not have any of your
own. They must be scanned
or photocopied onto the
transfer paper—you cannot
use the originals—so it's fine
to use items of sentimental
value because the originals
will not be damaged.
If you don't want a Union
Jack design on your pillow,
make up your own design in
appliqué or embroidery.
Turn the deck chair cover
over. Align the fold of
the flap on the cushion
along the bottom fold of
the channel at the top of
the deck chair. Machine
stitch the flap to the
deck chair cover along the
existing channel stitching
line—the cushion will hang
over the front of the deck
chair on the flap of
fabric. Use the batons to
attach the cover onto the