So, you have your belts and chair and you are ready to go…let’s make this chair seat!
I had already painted the chair red so I sprayed it with the Valspar’s Clear Satin spray to keep the red paint from rubbing off on the wall (yep that has happened) and carefully picked out which belts I would use. That is not as easy as it sounds! You need a few wide sturdy belts to start off with to help with the sturdiness of the seat.
I started by putting 3 of the sturdiest belts on the chair frame, 1 in the middle and 1 on each end, and then stapled them in place. I stapled one end then pulled as tight as possible on the other end to make sure it didn’t have very much give when I pushed down on them
Then I added the rest of the belts using the same technique. After they were all stapled on I took fabric shears and cut off the excess of each belt. I chose different colors and different textures of belts to have a patchwork effect. Check out that white one with the little animals on it!!! Isn’t it just the cutest?!!
Now on to the second layer, the basket weave layer. Starting at the front I wove the rest of the belts into the design, making sure to keep them close and tight, making this seat even more sturdy. Over and under, over and under, over and under…well, you get the idea.
I wove all of the belts in first then turned the chair over and stapled them using the same technique as I did with the first layer. After they were all stapled I used the fabric shears and cut off the excess.
There were a couple of belts that were a little too thick so the hubby (after being woke up to go on a fire run, he is a volunteer fireman) helped me by shooting 3/4 inch nails in them with a nail gun. Make sure to check after to make sure they didn’t shoot all the way through, air staplers are pretty forceful! Then I turned it over and tested it out, it held my weight!!! Success!!
Then it found it’s new home in the family room. It’s a big room, plenty of room for more projects 😉
When looking for belts for this project I suggest shopping your hubby’s side of the closet, source them from friends and family members(everyone has a stash of old belts, except me), or check at garage sales or your local thrift stores.
Do you see yourself trying this project? Are there other belt projects you have done? I would love to hear about them!!
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