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Souvenir Slings

Source: Martha Stewart Living, August 2006


Camp chairs with sling seats are ideal for lounging by the sea, especially when they have been updated with beach-worthy prints. For this project, we backed a vintage state tablecloth with sturdy canvas. You can embellish a sling with a similarly printed fabric or, if the seat is badly worn, follow our how-tos to create one from scratch.


  • Vintage state tablecloth

  • Sturdy canvas

  • Enamel spray paint

  • Sandpaper

  • Sewing kit

  • Iron


  1. Start by removing the old seat, then lightly sand the frame, and apply 2 coats of enamel spray paint; let dry completely.

  2. Using the original seat as a template, cut 2 pieces of canvas that are 6 inches longer and 1 inch wider. Cut the tablecloth to the same width and length.

  3. Align the tablecloth, right side up, on one of the pieces of canvas; turn top and bottom ends of the tablecloth only 1/2 inch to give it a finished edge; machine-sew tablecloth to canvas along the folded edges.

  4. Place the second piece of canvas on top so the tablecloth is sandwiched between them. Sew along their long sides with a 1/2-inch seam allowance.

  5. Turn right side out; topstitch along long sides, 1/2 inch from edges (this will keep the material flat).

  6. Turn short ends of fabric over 1/2 inch, and crease with an iron; turn ends over another 2 1/2 inches, pin, and stitch to create channels for the chair's dowels.

  7. Slip canvas onto dowels, and reassemble the chair. Read our beach bag how-to.

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