{ Happy Sewing } … Desk Chair

Posted by on Aug 8, 2013 in { Happy Sewing }, Blog, Les Monsieurs

Le petit Monsieur in my life was the oh-so-happy recipient of a cute wooden desk I had found on the roadside recently. I figured he needed his very own personalized chair to go with it.

I asked him to choose which Les Monsieur fabric he would like me to use (I was thinking just one piece), and my sometimes very vague boy described what you see below in such specific detail, I had to oblige. The centre print is Castle Blocks, the more open ground green is Monsieur Blocks, and the orange and white diagonal stripes are a fine cut of this Tire Treads chevron, all in the Soft Top colour way.

It was a really simple project. I removed the old upholstery fabric and used that as my basic template. I cut my strips of fabric (keeping in mind 1/2″ seam allowances), trying to keep the monsieur’s in the prints centred. I stitched them together, added a fresh layer of batting over the existing seat foam, pulled tightly on the fabric for a nice smooth surface and stapled away underneath.

I then had to add a little something extra, because sometimes more is more. I was inspired by this gorgeous chair I had seen on Pinterest. A word of warning … keeping all that yarn smooth and tight while wrapping … well, that’s why I stopped where I did.

Oh, and the castle painting in the top photo is one I did for Max 2 Summers ago, which was also partial inspiration for the fabric collection.


  1. Casey
    August 12, 2013

    Wow! I am so head over heals for this collection! I have a girl and two boys, and while it was fabulously easy to find patterns and fabric for my daughter when she was young, it was exactly the opposite for my son. My daughter is 11 and doesn’t let me sew as much for her anymore, but my 9 and 1 year old boys, Max and Alex, still appreciate it. I am so excited by what I could make for them with your fabric! I love what you did with Max’s chair, too! I can’t wait to see more of your designs.

    • Tamara
      August 12, 2013

      Thanks Casey! I am so happy that this collection is filling a bit of that void in boys’ fabrics in the market. It is my hope to expand on Les Monsieurs down the road. Les Monsieurs at sea, Les Monsieurs go camping … so many possibilities. Thanks for your encouraging words!