This summer I finally decided to work on my DIY Macrame Patio Chair. The plastic woven backing began to deteriorate but the metal frames were fine. Falling through the back of the chair wasn’t acceptable and I didn’t want to spring for new ones.
PioneerSettler.com has a helpful tutorial here on using macrame cord to fix metal framed lawn chairs. I took that concept and used it for just the back panel and purchased the nylon cord and crochet hooks they recommended.
It took approximately one 200 foot ball of cord per patio chair. Instead of following a pattern, I just wove horizontally 2 cables at a time and alternated each row. I purchased the cord from Joanne Fabrics online and using a coupon, it only came to about $6 per ball or per chair.
My only warning is that it gets a little hard on your hands after a while. It’s taken me about 2 hours per chair and by the time I’ve reached the last few rows, I’ve needed to pull the cord back and forth with a size P hook instead of my fingers. I also used a size P hook to weave the ends in and out of the sides. I’ve heard that you can melt the cord end but I didn’t experiment with it.
The seats are made out of plastic bands stretching across. I would love to macrame those too at some point using the same method so that I don’t have to keep pulling the cushions outside.
Hopefully we get a few more years out of them now. They have been left out in the rain and the Nylon dries out quickly. I bet they could be cleaned with a garden hose.
What do you think? Would you order macrame cord or buy new chairs?