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New Use for Old Afghans

By February 12, 2010

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I keep putting off my dining room project because I haven't been able to decide on a fabric for the chair seats.

Afghan crocheted by my grandmother.
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This morning I was sipping coffee while huddled under the flame stitch afghan my grandmother crocheted decades ago, and I had one of those aha moments.

I was admiring the pattern, colors, and stitches, and it hit me that I'd love to reupholster the dining chair seats out of old afghans.

I wouldn't use my grandmother's, of course, but I see vintage afghans all the time at thrift stores and flea markets. I passed up a stack of them last fall because they were so damaged, but damaged is perfect for this project. I'd feel far less guilty about recycling one full of holes than cutting into a pristine piece.

I'm certainly not the first person to try this. After I started thinking about it, I googled, and found a number of photos. And, they looked fantastic.

I definitely want some flame stitch, but I might mix it up -- let each chair have its own pattern. I guess I have some treasure hunting to do this weekend.


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