The end product...
a ladder back chair
a heavy duty staple gun and staples
scrap wood for the sides and back.
fabric (I don't recommend using a stripe or plaid on your first one) My fabric is a "linen look" for the sides and seat and a heavier upholstery fabric for the back. (I'm going to guess 3-4 yards should do it.)
a friend to help hold,pull, and staple lol
I used 1/4" loft quilt batting folded in half ( I had it on hand already.) It normally comes in a roll. You can use what ever loft you want.
nails (to nail the arms) black cut tacks (to finish upholstery I used 1/2" and 11/16" they look like cut nails but much smaller) and hammer
My chair was in pretty rough condition. I had it sitting on my porch so the seat was coming off from being in the weather.
First, we finished taking off the seat. If you have a chair with a decent seat you can leave it on and use that instead of putting a new one on if you wish. I didn't want to paint the frame, but you could certainly do that if you wish. I prefer the natural worn wood look.
After much planning we decided that starting with the seat was the best choice. Steve cut the piece of wood for our seat. I wanted it a little wider to accommodate my ever growing seat. lol. Steve still can't sit comfortably in my chair. lol. Measurements are shown below. Then we used screws to attach it to the frame of the chair.
Unroll your batting and cut a doubled piece at least 1" wider on all sides than all measurements of your seat. Cut your piece 24" X 21" X 16 1/2" at least. Enough to be able to wrap the batting to the underside of the seat and staple it to the seat.
Once covered with your batting, take your fabric and cut it large enough to fold and wrap around the bottom of the seat just like you did the batting. I tried to keep the fold on the corners to the side because it will be covered later.
Woohoo your seat is done!!!! Next we will be putting the back on. We wanted an angle at the top. You would not have to do this. The picture is kind of hard to understand so let me explain. If you want the angle the top of the board should measure 17" angling into 19" which is the width of the piece of board. The entire height of the board should be 30" and 28" from the bottom of the angle to bottom. The back should rest on the seat. Then screw it to the back of the chair and the bottom. We decided we only wanted wood on the front of the chair. You could put a piece on the back if you so choose.
We now need to put the sides on. The back of the board needs to be shaved down flush with the back of the chair. The other measurements shown are accurate. Remember the back is at an angle and that's why it needs shaved down. Yeah that's me freezing my tushy off in the background. lol.
Alright I hope I can explain this next step. You will need to cut batting and the fabric for the sides. I always allow extra batting because you can cut off excess as you go. The fabric needs to be 1-2" larger than the actual side measurement. This is where it might get confusing... take your fabric and lay it face down (right side of fabric to seat). Take the edge of the fabric, 1" or so, and fold the edge up so that the right side of the fabric is facing the wood of the side and still on the seat also. It'll become clear in a minute. Now take your batting as shown (getting it as close as you can to the seat and back of the chair) as you can. Where Steve's index finger is you should have a sandwich type thing wood, fabric, then batting on top. Staple as shown. It is easier to staple the top of the batting first then tuck the fabric behind the batting on the bottom. I apologize that my fabric and batting appear to be the same color. I will add a different picture if it is still unclear how to layer. PLEASE let me know if I need to.
Do as I say not as we did. We forgot to notch it out. We had to do it later. It sure would have been easier to do it at the beginning. lol. Note that the arm is flush with the wood back not the chair back.
Next we will add the upper sides. The outside measurement is 12 1/2" and the top is 5". You will then need to make a straight line down to make your angle.
You will have a gap on the back as you screw the sides to the back piece. You might want to screw the arms from the bottom up through into the side too. You may want to drill pilot holes so that your wood doesn't split while putting your screws in.
We are getting there... hang in there. We will now wrap the batting and fabric around these pieces.
Fold and staple. We then went back and used cut tacks every couple of inches on the front to hold the fabric in place.
Now you will need to cut the batting and fabric for the back. If you are using fabric like me you will need to match up the print before you cut. We then started at the top (see pic above) layered the fabric then batting and started stapling.