Tuesday, 2 March 2010

How To: Easy 'No-Sew' Chair Leg Socks

To launch into Housewares month I thought I'd start with something easy. It's also a project that I've been meaning to do for some time now. We moved into our house last summer and bought a dining room table that we love. It's our very first "good" table. Before that, we were eating off a tiny, round IKEA type table that definitely looked like it was for college kids dorm rooms. Well, we kept that table in the kitchen and put our table in the living room, which we divided into a living room/ dining room.

The only problem: our beautiful table sits on a wooden floor. Perfect for sweeping up lots of toddler messes, but not so good when that toddler is always pushing his chair around. The floor is starting to get pretty scuffed. So, mommy to the rescue!

Here is how to make some lovely (and easy) 'no-sew' chair leg socks to protect your own floors.

- felt (I only used about 1/4 of a metre to make enough feet protectors for 4 chairs.
- hot glue gun and glue
- scissors
- measuring tape

Step one: measure around the chair leg that you want to protect. Mine were 5 inches around.

Step 2: Cut a piece of felt that is the measurement that you just took by whatever height you want on the protector socks. Mine ended up being 5 inches by 3 inches.
(If you're weary of gluing edges together, you can add 1/4 inch to the felt so that you can glue a tiny overlap instead)

Step 3: Wrap the felt into a circle along the chair measurement side and glue the edges together.

Step 4: Take the tube you just made and trace the bottom circle onto your felt and cut out a circle. You can also trace it directly from the bottom of the chair leg.

Step 5: Glue the circle in place on one of the ends of your tube.

Step 6: After it dries, slip it onto your chair leg.

Step 7: Repeat for as many chair legs as you need.

Simple! Your floor is now protected from the likes of toddlers!

Stay tuned for more Tawny Bee Housewares month. I have plenty of things I'm working on during March 2010.

Note: I have set up a Tawny Bee How To Flickr Group. If you try this out, I would love to see your version! Feel free to join and link up some of your great creations using one of my tutorials. :)

1 comment:

Jennwith4 said...

Awesome! With the upstairs completely hard wood and 8 chairs + piano bench doing damage I need me some of these! I'll send you a pic when I am able to get them done. =)