How to Make A Macramé Chair & Bench
One way to brighten up your living space is to use macrame cordage to transform old lawn chairs, benches, and patio swings into beautiful upcycled furniture. I have used this book, Seating Patterns for Macrame Chairs on several occasions.
Included in this post are:
- Materials list for one chair
- An instructional YouTube video and link provided by DIY Projects.
- A FREE, 5 page PDF download that includes a list of Basic Materials and General Instructions on how to macrame a chair. It also has two BONUS patterns; PUEBLO and EMERALD FOREST!
- A link to the full instruction booklet available as a PDF download in my Etsy Shop.
- Last, but not least, there is a pictorial carousel of my patio bench restoration project.
Materials For Chair
- Braided Macrame Craft Cord - 6mm 8.99
You can find this cord on Amazon and at most craft stores, although some stores have limited colors. The price listed is from Hobby Lobby online.
- Jumbo Plastic Crochet Hook 3.19
I found this hook at michaels.com. Use this plastic crochet hook with bulky and jumbo weight yarn.
- Macrame Chair Frame .00 to 49.99 ↑
Of course, if you find a chair bargain at your local flea market, the price is going to be considerably lower. However, if you aren't able to find a chair in need of TLC, I found several available options to buy a chair online. The chair pictured here is from Walmart.
In the video, she recommends the 19mm size crochet hooks. Honestly, I have not tried the larger hooks. The pattern book suggests two size K metal crochet hooks for 6mm cord, and that worked okay for me. However, I am going to try the S/19mm on my next project. I am curious to see if they will be easier to handle.
Patio Bench Transformation
My mother-in-law purchased this bench from her long time neighbor and best friend at our neighborhood yard sale for $15.00. Take 2 rolls of 100 yards macramé cord for $25.00, fabric purchased at our local fabric store (on sale) for $45.00, add a daughter-in-law who loves to make old things look new again (priceless) and you have yourself a new bench that fits perfectly with your new outdoor living space! The back was woven using two crochet hooks and black macrame craft cord, following the basic instructions provided from the pattern book mentioned at the top of the post. We chose the bright contemporary outdoor fabric to reupholster the cushions, giving the bench a fresh, updated look.