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I removed all of the screws which detached the seat and back from the chair frame. Once the seat and back are off the frame, you can pop off the plastic caps from one end and slide the old fabric out of the track. The four pieces behind the chair in the photo are the tracks. I chose a flat gray primer to cover the rusted areas and because it matched the color scheme of the new fabric. (Do you recognize my "spray paint mat" from this post? I decided to keep it for this reason.) The fabric is Sunbrella and you can find Sunbrella and others on Amazon under outdoor fabrics or you can find woven fabric for the chairs HERE for $8 a yard.
I didn't photograph the sewing step but there are several YouTube tutorials as well as Pinterest pages that show how to make the new seat and back inserts. I'm not a seamstress by any means so my instructions would probably be wrong on so many levels to those that know what they are doing. :)
I will say that I double stitched all of the seams and created a channel for the nylon rod that helps thread the fabric through the track as well as securing it in the track when tension is put on the finished seat/back.
And that's it! You've got a new look for very little money. Since the set was free, I spent less that $25 on 3 cans of spray paint and 1.5 yards of fabric. This set found a home at my daughter's new place. I dropped it off this morning without her knowing it. After I left, I texted her that she needed to check her front porch because it could really use a plant or something. (It's a tiny porch, I know. I think I've seen wider sidewalks!)
Don't forget you can add a pin to Pinterest from any of the photos and keep this info for your next patio chair project!
Thanks for stopping by and God bless!
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