Parents will do anything to see their kids’ faces light up… almost to a fault at times (spoiled brats are never fun). That’s why I get so excited about crafts that foster loving them not through material things, but by speaking love & encouragement into their little hearts. These knock-off Pottery Barn chair backers do just the thing!
They’re cheap, super easy to make, and helps us consciously remind our kids how truly special they are. Plus, receiving good ol’ snail mail always makes people happy (unless they’re bills… but let’s not damper the moment).
For the main envelopes, I went to Michaels and got two stiff felt pieces for each chair backer, and the cheaper, flimsy felt for embellishments. I also got gold glitter iron-on letters using a 40% off coupon, and had velcro on hand.
I tried using the fabric glue (pictured), but it ended up being ineffective with the felt. A hot glue gun worked perfectly with the felt.
For the main body of the envelopes, I glued the stiff pieces together, using the folded halves for the top flap, and the fold from the second piece for the bottom front face. The two were hot glued together.
I always love me a scalloped edge, and used this cap to ‘eye’ the trim (obviously with a lot of trial and error)… :)
Then I attached the velcro from the front closure. This made it easier to arrange my letters on the top flap.
For the back straps, I did a mistake in not measuring (I just hear my father-in-law’s voice saying, “measure twice, cut once!”)… whiiiiiich I didn’t do. In any case, I glued the strap to the back, extended that strap with another piece of felt, then added the velcro strap onto the tip (after making sure the length fit the chair I wanted to hang them from).
Here is my patchwork strap in all it’s ghetto glory…
The final product actually fits perfectly on the back of this IKEA chair! (again, another thing I discover in the process, and of course, without measuring)…
And my son’s.. (that sad-looking stamp makes me cringe, but my son’s excited self didn’t seem to notice one bit!)
This is what the back looks like when it’s hanging from the chair…
The originals at Pottery Barn would cost over $30 for a pair, and they’re still made of the same cheap material! These knock-offs achieve the same purpose and cost under $10 for both! (mom win!)
Give them a try, and fill them with all the gushy mushy love notes your cheesy heart can dish out. ;)