Easy DIY Slipcover for IKEA Jules Desk Chair

When I completed my Janery Studio Makeover, I did a lot of simple projects to make the space look and feel a little more finished.  One was the simple slipcover I created for my Ikea Jules desk chair that I use when I’m sewing.

Simple Ikea Desk Chair Slipcover

The swiveling wheels and the $39 price tag made this a great find for the sewing studio, but the aesthetics of the chair left a bit to be desired.

All the chair needed was a more decorative cover for the back, and with its simple lines I knew I could easily make a cover to slip right over it.

Ikea Chair Slipcover Sewing

  1. First, I hemmed a piece of fabric that was a little more than 2 x the width of the chair back.
  2. I traced the outline of the back of the chair onto wax paper to create a template.
  3. I folded the hemmed piece of fabric in half, wrong sides out, and then ironed that waxed paper onto the two layers of fabric.
  4. I then used my machine to sew through the paper and the two layers of fabric – sewing about 1″ wider than the line I had traced on the waxed paper.  (If you sewed right on the line your slipcover would end up too tight to fit on the chair back.)
  5. Then I cut around the seam I sewed, leaving about 1/3″ between the seam and my cutting line.
  6. I peeled off the waxed paper, turned the cover right side out, and slid it over the back of my chair.

Voila! In under 30 minutes I had a simple cover that made my simple desk chair look a lot nicer in the studio.

Ikea Jules Desk Chair SlipcoverIt’s always nice to have such a quick and easy DIY project actually work out. :)

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Every time I walk into the kitchen, my eyes automatically dart to the back door, looking out onto the porch to see if Doctor wants to come back inside from his perch on my yoga mat.

And then I remember.  He’s not there.

Doctor Cat Chair in Janery Sewing Studio

We said goodbye to Doctor two weeks ago, in the same room of the same hospital where we said goodbye to Charlie on Christmas Day, only nine months ago.

Taking Charlie to the Hope Center to say goodbye was hard because I couldn’t bear to lose my canine best friend.  Taking Doctor there was hard in a very different way – it was difficult to know if we were making the right decision, because he still was purring a lot and loving affection from us, but for reasons hard to describe to those who never met him, he wasn’t himself. We were worried he was uncomfortable, and he’d lost more weight and had other signs that the cancer had gotten worse.

We probably could have waited longer if we really wanted, but for what?  To selfishly have a few more days or weeks with him, sure, but at the potential price of making him suffer.

Doctor on Hammock

In his last few months, Doctor preferred to sit outside for hours each day and night, stretched out or balled up on my blue yoga mat.  Now I can’t stop checking the mat outside because I’m so used to checking to see if he wants to come in the house. I also keep thinking that I hear him meowing in the house.  I said something to Ryan about both these things, and he said they’re happening to him, too.

I hope this ingrained habit goes away eventually, because it sends a jolt of sadness through me every time.

I also hope that our three remaining pets stay healthy for a few years, because two cancer losses in one year is more than enough.  I’ve found myself feeling a little paranoid about the remaining pets, simply because of the string of events we’ve been through in the last year with pet health.

Doctor on Catnip Cuddler

However, at the same time, I understand that when you adopt 4 animals, all around the same age and around the same time, these things can happen.  More importantly, I refuse to mope about it, because I have three other animals who love my company and deserve a happy mom.  Plus, with our silly poodle joining the family, I can’t help but laugh several times a day at her antics.

In the mean time, my blue yoga mat remains on the porch, but the only thing relaxing on it now is fallen leaves.  It’s sad, but it’s also a nice reminder of Doctor.

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Finding an Affordable, Modern Crib Made in the USA

Soon after finding out I was pregnant, I started a private Pinterest board for nursery ideas.  I was mainly stalking the internet in search of the perfect mid-century style, American-made crib for the little sapling’s nursery.

Why an American-made crib?

Not only do I feel we should support American manufacturers, I’m leery of the quality and safety of items originating in China (where the majority of cribs are made).  Ryan ate his baby furniture – yes, ate it – to the point where his mom said she had to get new furniture for the next baby.  If our little one is going to be chewing on, and possibly ingesting, her furniture, then I’d rather go with an American-made and hopefully safer quality crib.

Before I started checking the origin of each crib, the Dwell Studio Mid-Century Natural Crib was my favorite.  At $799 it wasn’t cheap, but I only plan to have one baby, and frankly – I just figured I’d splurge on this and save on the rest of the nursery, using thrifted and handed-down items.

DwellStudio Mid Century Natural Crib Imported 1

Then I found several cribs from mainstream retailers that were actually made in the USA and had simple or mid-century lines.  Several are still pinned to my Pinterest board if you’d like to take a look.

When I went to order the Low Rise Crib from the Land of Nod  in Natural (photo below shows white) one month later, it was discontinued.  Then I tried to order a different crib from another mainstream retailer, and it was also discontinued. Both were Made in the USA.  This continued with several other options.  What the heck?

Low-Rise Crib Made in the USA The Land of Nod

I wish I’d pinned them all to my board, because there were more than I’m listing here – but now they’re discontinued, I can’t find them to show you.

The next day I did more searching.  There were still some American-made cribs in our price range, but none had the fun style that I’d been hoping for.  Several had the more traditional, high-backed, sleigh bed style that I really was hoping to avoid.

At this point there was one mid-century style still Made in the USA, the Harper Crib from Pottery Barn Kids, but it only came in painted wood, and we both wanted a varnished or natural wood tone.

A Small Business Saves the Day!

Then my friend Steffanie showed me a crib made by a small business in New England.  It was fun and modern, had an unpainted option, and was in our price range.

Ryan and I were sold and ordered it on the spot.

Caravan Crib from Kalon Studios Made in the USA

The Caravan Crib by Kalon Studios is handmade of maple wood by a small business in New England, and has funky modern lines.  It doesn’t get more perfect than that.

The crib should arrive by October 1st, but the few negative reviews I found were based on a delay in manufacturing and shipping – many people received their cribs much later than the advertised 6-8 weeks.  If production is slow, we have several months of leeway of course.

To be honest, though, I’m hoping it arrives during October.  I can’t wait to see the beautiful maple crib and  get this nursery put together!

If you’re looking for an American-Made crib, there are several options still pinned to my Pinterest Nursery board. I hope this helps you!

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