May 1, 2013

The Ragtime Rocker

I picked up this cute little rocker at an auction a little while back.  It was actually painted a dark green, and had no seat.  I wasn't sure what I was going to do with it, but the price was right, so I got it. 
First thing I did was paint it a lighter, fun green.

Then I took some scrap fabric I had and tore two inch strips long enough to wrap around the seat frame and tie a knot.  I used different shades of beige because I planned to spark it up with the quilt pillow. 
I first started tying the strips all in one direction, tying each piece into a tight knot.  I just randomly
 picked colors in no particular order.
Once the knots were tied, I pulled the knots so they were underneath.  I scrunched the strips together some, but not so much that they overlapped.  The next group needed to be easily weaved through these rows.  I trimmed the tails of the knots to about 2 inches. 
Going in the opposite direction, I weaved the next set of strips in and out of the top rows.  On this set, I continued under and weaved in and out of the lower rows and tied a tight knot.  When all are done, I trimmed the tails of the knots to about 2 inches and tucked them up into the weaving. 
The end result is this!  Just as simple as making potholders as a kid!
The seat is strong and will make some little one a cute rocker. 
I hope this sparks some ideas for your projects!

1 comment:

  1. What a great idea! I see old rockers quite a bit, and I'm definitely saving this for future reference.


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