Last weekend, I brought home a couple of little camping folding stools. I did tons of camping growing up, and still love to do it as often as I can, so I have a soft spot for these little stools.
It appeared that someone had already replaced the fabric once. There weren’t any seams – the fabric was rough cut, folded over and stapled to the stool, with raw edges left exposed . I realize it’s a camping chair, but it was still a little more primitive than I like. Growing up with a seamstress, I don’t do raw edges. I do seams that have been pressed open, so the sewn piece looks finished properly.
I removed the fabric, and stained the old wood to freshen it up, then added some screws to stabilize the chair more. I bought more grain sack style fabric from Decor Steals – this time the beige with blue stripes, then cut out a long rectangular piece of fabric to fit the length of the stool (with the width doubled). I folded the fabric in half lengthwise, and sewed one seam on the long edge (pressing it open), and turned it right-side out. I folded 1/2″ of the fabric to the inside of the two shorter sides, then top-stitched them closed before stapling the fabric to the stool. Now it looks finished and pretty to me.
The grain sack fabric does have more stretch to it than canvas fabric would, making it better suited for children than adults. Personally, I would probably use it as a tray table while camping, to set next to the bigger folding chairs we usually use. You could use the grain sack fabric as the top piece, and use denim or canvas for the underside, to make the fabric less stretchy.