How to make covers for the arms of your chair (can use as heat or cold packs)
At some point after Daddy B moved in I stole his computer chair. As my cats wanted to be glued to me 24/7 (this is a trend with my pets and now with Baby G- I'm not sure it's healthy, but it's sort of cute on the days when I don't mind everyone following me into the bathroom at once), they liked to use the arms to the chair as scratching posts. Eventually the arms looked like the picture there on the left. Not cool.
Daddy B now has his chair back and I have the other chair. We don't really want to buy a new chair because we're cheap so he asked me to figure out something to cover this. I had leftover fabric from the couch covers so I decided to make matching chair arm covers. Very exciting! I also decided it'd be fun to make them so we could insert rice heating/cold pads instead of filling them with fluff. I'm not sure how practical this is, but it definitely does the trick (filling in the gap that you see in the picture) and I figure if you've got sore arms or a sore elbow, maybe the heat or cold will be helpful. Or not. Whatever.
|Cut out a front and back piece for each arm. I just held it up to the |
chair arm to eyeball how long it needed to be, adding a 1/2" seam allowance.
|I inserted the straps in between the two pieces of fabric (faced right sides together). |
The raw edge is sticking out a little.
|I stitched around the fabric with a straight stitch. Backstitch and stitch over the straps a couple times.|
|Before I turned this, I decided to zigzag the edges of the fabric, seeing I'm leaving an opening for the rice packs and the fabrics were fraying pretty badly.|
|Turn right sides out.|
|Top stitch, except around the opening. Leave the opening open.|
|For each fabric at the opening, fold over twice so no raw edge is showing. Pin.|
|Cut out your material for your rice pack. I used muslin. I sewed the bottom and side closed, leaving one opening at the top for me to turn the pack right sides out.|
|I used a bright green chalk mark to show where I wanted to sew. Then I shifted the rice to the end while I sewed along this line. You've gotta be pretty careful not to hit the rice or you'll break a needle, sucks. Trust me.|
|Sewn up with three sections. If you wanted to be neat about it, you could measure this all out. Too lazy.|
|Rice pack slips out easily when the straps aren't snapped.|
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