Pepper and Olive

Vacation Agendas, the Little Chair that Could and a Love Seat Fit for a Teen


When you go on vacation you hunt down fabric stores, too, right? We just got back from a 4 night cruise to Catalina and Ensanada. We love cruising and this time we got to share it with my in-laws. We ate (too much), explored Catalina on a golf cart, fed fish with food torpedoes from a submarine, saw a blow hole, shopped for tchotchkes, relaxed at a Starbucks and roamed a foreign city looking for fabric. The fabric store was a little bit of a let down, mostly polyesters, but I did come home with 6 meters of cotton dishcloth for $3 and some change.

Us in Catalina. We rented a golf cart and drove around the island.


The week before we left, while juggling camp counseling at our church’s day-camp, I dropped this little number off. It is a great little chair with a barrel back and petite rolled arms. When communicating with the client, she told me there was about 5 yards of a creamy chenille she wanted to use and she wanted a box pleat skirt. I thought if I replaced the decking with some canvas and made very careful cuts I could pull it off. After the first cut, it just wasn’t happening. I think there was a lot of shrinking and the chair is bigger than it looks. Box pleat skirts need three times the circumference of the chair plus about a foot. I had just enough to pull of a basic kick pleat skirt and that was about it.  She had a nice stash of fabric and wanted to get creative…this is what we came up with:




I used a buffalo check on the welting, seat rise and box pleat skirt. I took the welting under the arms, around the back and into the meeting of the arm and back to tie it all in nicely.

Right Side

This next piece I fit the day before I left. One of my dear friends is remodeling and redecorating.  She found this little love seat at Habitat ReStore for her oldest daughter’s bedroom. It is structurally sound and has very cute lines. The seat is a bench seat with no cushions. I added a little extra for tuck-in, kept the skirt long to give it more of a “settee” look and now her teen has a place for friends to hang out on.







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