nice (luggage) rack
Today, I am going to show you just how I made this happen. I must say I am quite pleased with the outcome of my project...and it took less than 45 minutes!
Here's how I did it...
What you need:
Directors chair (picked mine up at a thrift store for less than $10)
Burlap (I got 1/4 yard and had more than enough)
What to do:
First, I took the directors chair apart. In flipping my chair over I found that this chair was from Pier One...good quality...score! I took the handles off and the fabric seat. I found some two small slats to hold the seat in place...I kept those for later
Next, I made my straps. I just used ordinary burlap that I purchased from Wal-Mart. I measured how long the straps would need to be and added two inches (one for each side). I needed 22", adding two inches, I cut 24" long strips. I cut the straps 6" wide. I then folded the straps in kind-of thirds, making them 24" long and about 3" wide. I wanted to add some stability to the straps without doing too much work...probably not a good thing to admit! I ironed down the folds.
I then used hot glue to secure the folds of my straps. I started with the short ends, gluing the 'middle' fold to the bottom then repeating on the opposite side.
Next, I glued the top fold to the middle fold, going straight down the strap. Don't mind my chipped nails...
I couldn't decide if I wanted to add ribbon to the straps. I really liked the look of both. So, I compromised and decided to do one with the ribbon and two without.
To add the ribbon, I simply put a line of hot glue down the middle of the front of the strap (not the side where you can see the folds)
and placed the ribbon on top.
I left a little bit hanging off both ends of the strap, to fold over and secure to the back.
Next, I stapled the straps to the slats, evenly spacing them.
My chair had some notches for the fabric to sit in, so the arms would secure it in, I placed the slat in the little notch and nailed it to the chair.
...and VOILE! There you have it, your very own luggage rack in less than 45 minutes!