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Nursery Project #5: Recovering a nursery glider

March 15, 2012

glider reupholstry project for gray and yellow nursery


I finished the glider!  It took about a week of sewing and wrinkling my nose, finger pricks and being best friends with my seam ripper…but it is finally done.

I have more pictures to put up later as a mini-tutorial, but I thought I’d share the finished project.

As you can see above, I also made a little yellow and white chevron pillow cover for a lumbar pillow to go with the theme.

I did my best to match up the fabric at the seams, but obviously did not do so perfectly.  For the most part, however, I did manage to at least match up the main vertical lines.

I was worried about how I would handle the hardware from the original cushions, but I borrowed Ashley from Lil Blue Boo’s idea and made little slip covers for the straps, so I could use the original hardware.

Next step: need to scotch guard the whole chair, because I know there will be lots of milk (and other goodies) spilling on it very soon (We are 37 weeks and 4 days and counting!)

18 Comments leave one →
  1. jules permalink
    March 24, 2012 10:52 AM


    This looks great–I love the gray and yellow together! If you’re not already in labor, maybe you could answer a question ior two for me–I read Ashley’s tutorial as well, but I didn’t understand how the hardware showed through the fabric after she made the slipcover for the pieces with hardware, especially on the arm cushions. (I suppose with the straps you could just leave a part uncovered because it wouldn’t be seen.)

    Also, is this home dec weight fabric, or could you get away with lighter-weight fabric?

    And last, do you remember about how much yardage you used?

    Thanks! And happy birthing!

    • March 26, 2012 5:58 AM

      Thanks Jules! I did to into labor – baby was born march 22! So now we are having an early morning feeding session 😉

      As far as yardage, I bought 5 – had some leftover but still would stick with 5 just in case.

      Slipcovers – I was wondering the same thing when I started the project! For the straps, I actually just stitched the fabric right to the straps and left the ends where the hardware was open. Well, I made the fabric overlap the hardware but didn’t close it over the snaps. That way a little fabric showed her the hardware too.

      For the arm cushions and other pieces with hardware I basically covered it all up, then went back and cut tiny holes out over the hardware and then used fray check to secure that part of the fabric. I kept the holes as small as I could, used TONs of the fray Check and then tried to tuck the fabric around the hardware.

      My fabric is not super heavy, not nearly as heavy as the original fabric. In fact once washed and dried it was pretty soft. It has worked fine so far though – we will see how it goes. If the pieces start to fall apart I’m sure I’ll cry. I could have interfaced the fabric which I’m sure would help, but couldn’t bring myself to add an extra step at the time. I think the only ones that would matter would be for the seat cushion.

      Well hope that helps and good luck! Would love to see pictures!


  2. jules permalink
    March 26, 2012 1:29 PM

    Hi, Subha–

    Thanks! Congratulations on your little one!

    My sister-in-law, Asha, found this glider in her dorm at Gallaudet after she graduated about 6 years ago and after she’d found out I was pregnant. I’ve been meaning to redo it every since…

    I have never heard of fray check, but it is just what I need–I ended up doing the same thing as you did for the arm rests. I sort of winged it for the straps. The arm rests came out better than the straps, but only if you look closely… I also used upholstery fabric, so it was pretty heavy, but no interfacing.

    I would love to attach a picture, but since I don’t really use Facebook (or twitter, or wordpress), I’m not sure how. Ideas?


    • September 5, 2012 3:56 PM

      Hi Julie, I’m SOOOOO sorry for taking forever and a day to respond! I lost track of things when the little one was born, which was 3days before you wrote this comment! How are you doing? i’m assuming the latest addition to your family has joined you by now? I hope it all went safe and you are doing well!

      I would LOVE to see a picture of your recovered glider! I have made a flickr group for people to post pictures of projects they have done, please share!

      thanks again for your comments!

  3. Courtney permalink
    May 23, 2012 3:31 PM

    LOVE LOVE your chair. Do you happen to have the tutorial? I am looking at doing something exactly like this, although I was hoping I could have a zipper on the cover so I wouldn’t have ruin the actual seat in case I still wanted it. I am NOT a sewer at all. Would you say it is fairly easy or do you do jobs on the side? I am actually thinking the same fabric choice or something similar. Dwell Studio?

    Great pictures by the way and your kids are cuite pies!!!

    • May 23, 2012 4:20 PM

      thanks courtney! I sew on the side, and definitely used the “lets wing it” technique with this project. I think it is moderate in level of difficulty – at least it was challenging for me! It took me about a week, probably 2-4 hours a day (but it was my first time).

      1) I don’t have a tutorial yet, not sure there is much to make a tutorial out of but I’ll see if I can write out at least what I did to see if that helps (but it might take me a coupe days!)
      2) yes, my fabric is dwell studio, i bought it from You need 5 yards of fabric that is 54 inches wide (i.e. 5 yards wont be enough if it is only 44 inches wide).
      3) My seat cushion and ottoman cushion both have zippers, so I took those off and saved them. The back cushion did not have a zipper – but instead of taking off the existing cover, I just put my new cover over it – that way I didn’t have to ruin the original one =)
      4) I think the hardest part was actually measuring out and cutting all the pieces. For the two cushions with zippers, I took those off, turned them inside out, and then traced as best as I could. I was generous with the lines because you can always cut more off if you need to but it would be disastrous if you ut too small! For the other pieces, I basically laid them out on the fabric and drew around them, trying to account for the sides, pleats etc. That was the hardest part. I also did my best to try to be mindful of the design on the fabric so that at least the vertical lines would match up once sewn. It’s not perfect, but definitely more appealing to the eye the way it turned out.

      Hope that helps get you started, and I’ll try to put up a post soon with more details!

  4. Courtney permalink
    May 23, 2012 4:56 PM

    Thanks a ton! What would you charge to make one for me or would that even be possible, assuming we live in different states?!?!

    All of my pieces come off. The arms snap. I am also not looking at doing the ottoman. I have a pouf that I am going to use.

    • September 5, 2012 3:49 PM

      Hi Courtney, i’m sorry this is So So So So late! I didn’t realize I never responded to your comment… =( I hope you were able to make your cover! I don’t t think I could have done another one, to be honest. I can barely manage any big sewing projects now with two kiddos on my hands =) In fact, I can barely much of anything! I still have a lot of learning to do on how to be a mom of two. But I hope you were able to get it done and would love to see pictures!

  5. Cons permalink
    January 4, 2013 9:21 PM

    Hi there. I’m going to try to have someone do this for me. Where did u get the glider? It has a nice shape-not all maw maw looking like most. Cute

    Congrats on the bebe


    • January 18, 2013 6:30 PM

      hi there – thanks! I got the glider from a local baby store. But it is dutalier – so nothing out of the ordinary. You are right though, it is a more modern shape. it is also much wider than most of the gliders, which I LOVE because I have extra space when i’m sitting! hope you find one you like! And congrats to you too!

  6. January 15, 2013 11:56 PM

    Love love love the chair!! Thanks for the tips on how to do this. I’m actually looking for this same fabric pattern!! Do you mind sharing where you bought it?

    • January 18, 2013 6:28 PM

      hi there! sure no problem – i bought the fabric from it was a little pricy – i waited till they had a 15% of sale, but I am very happy with how it looks! hope that helps!

  7. April 18, 2013 6:17 PM

    This would be a fun sofa slip cover project for a dorm room because
    you have al of your friend sign the couch slip cover. If you have the right eye and the patience, you can redecorate
    a room on any budget. When the furniture regains its original look, you will be happy with the decision to turn something old into something new again.

  8. May 9, 2013 7:59 AM

    Great post however I was wanting to know if you could write a litte more on this subject? I’d be very grateful if you could elaborate a little bit more. Bless you!

  9. June 12, 2016 8:12 PM

    Absolutely love the color combination. How is the fabric going with the milk spills ?

    • January 9, 2017 10:04 AM

      Sorry for my incredibly late reply, but it is great! You can’t see any stains on it!

  10. October 3, 2016 4:57 PM

    Good job on recovering the nursery glider. Looks beautiful! It looks like the modern Storkcraft glider. And wow it actually took you a week of sewing?!! Hats off to you Saj!

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