Give her a comfier, cozier and safer place to look at her stories.
Whether you're looking for a comfy, cozy chair for your toddler's reading corner, or another accessory to complement her room's decor, the foam chair choices at the store can be rather limiting. If you want to give your kiddo something completely unique, make her a foam chair at home in her favorite colored fabrics. If you're a really smart mama, you'll probably consider a fabric that can be wiped down or add a zipper instead so you can take off the cover and toss it in the wash.
1Cut an 18- by 24-inch rectangle from the sheet of 3-inch craft foam with a craft knife for the back of your kiddo's chair. Cut four more rectangles from the craft foam, but make each of these 12 by 18 inches. Two of these will make the arms for the chairs and two will become the bottom cushioning.
2Place one 12- by 18-inch rectangle on your work surface and spread a strong polyurethane glue all over the top surface. Place another rectangle on top and press gently to help the glue get a good hold. Now you've got the bottom of the foam chair ready.
3Spread some glue along each 18-inch-long side of the chair's bottom. Stand the two remaining 12- by 18-inch rectangles on one of their 18-inch-long sides. Press the face of one rectangle against the glue-covered left side of the chair's bottom, and press the face of the other rectangle against the glue-covered right side. Now you have arms for the chair.
4Spread glue along one 12-inch end of the chair's bottom, and along the protruding ends of the arms. Stand the back of the chair on one 18-inch side and press it firmly against the glue-covered chair. Now all the pieces of the chair are assembled. Let the glue dry while you get the cover ready.
5Measure the chair for a custom-fit cover. You'll need several measurements from your new foam chair to make sure the cover fits it perfectly. Measure the back of the chair (the part that will rest against the wall, not your kiddo's back) and add an inch for your first piece of fabric.
6Measure the inside back of the chair and add an inch for your second measurement. Measure the tops of the arm rests, the sides of the arm rests and the seat of the chair for your next three measurements. Add an extra inch to each one. Measure the underside of the chair and add an inch.
7Lay the fabric on your work surface and draw out your measurements. Arrange the pieces good side down on a flat surface. You'll want to sew as much together before putting the cover on the chair, so you need to have them arranged properly first. Lay the seat fabric first and arrange the arm rest fabric on either side. Lay out the inside back of the chair cover and then the back.
8Sew all adjacent edges together using a straight stitch and a seam allowance of about 1/4 inch. (Translation: stay about 1/4-inch away from the edges of the fabric.)
9Lay the underside fabric for the chair along the edge of the seat and join these edges together with a straight stitch. Fold the fabric so you can sew the two sides of the chair fabric to the bottom. You now have just one seam left unfinished at the bottom, back of the chair cover.
10Turn the fabric right side out through this remaining open seam. Slide the foam chair into the opening and arrange the fabric to sit properly.
11Fold about 1/4-inch of the fabric at the open edge inward and sew this final opening closed. If you'd rather add a zipper, open the zipper and pin one side to either side of the opening. Sew it in place and then close the zipper.
Things You'll Need
- 3-inch craft foam
- Craft knife
- Polyurethane glue
- Sewing tape measure
- Fabric of your choice (about 3 yards)
- Sewing machine (or sewing needle)