Quick project: Replacing a busted cane seat with leather belts | Seatweaving with leather

I get into trouble when I surf the local swap board.

And then I have to get back out.

seat weaving with leather belts diy

It started innocently enough. Me checking out a great old wooden chair with fabulous legs and a pillowy seat. $30? Hm, “Will you take $20?” I say. “Sure!” And she’s mine. But, that pillow? Hiding a blown-out cane seat.

Bah!

What do I do with that?

Pinterest, that’s what. I made a quick Goodwill run for belts. Ten leather belts. The men’s department didn’t know what hit it. After ripping out the old seat, I used a brad gun {yay for power tools} to tack the belts securely under the seat. Then it was some pretty simple, straightforward weaving. We’re talking summer camp arts stuff. You can do this.

seat weaving with leather belts diy

When you get ready to secure the other end of the belt, pull snugly. Put in some effort here, it’s worth it. You want to end up with a nice tightly woven seat. Tack with the brad nailer, then trim with scissors leaving about 3/4″  overhang. Smooth the extra up around the inside edge and tack securely with brad gun. This way the belt ‘ends’ with the same look as it starts, wrapped securely up under the bottom inside edge of the seat.

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Can you believe how easy that was? And man, she’s handsome.

 

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You can do it.

 

Click here for more details. And good luck! Let me know how you find it.seat weaving with leather belts diy

 

Oh, you wanted proof that it works?

Right here, baby.

I’m typing this post from my new seat, right now.

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