The Traveling Fabric Covered Rocking Chair

Over the past few months, Goodwill Industries of Akron has had a lot to celebrate – 50 year anniversary at their Mansfield store, Grand Opening of their new Northfield store, and most recently, the celebration of Goodwill Week.

At each of these events, we’ve been working diligently to cover an entire wooden rocker (from Goodwill of course) with scraps from an array of fabrics like pillowcases, sheets, curtains, dresses, shirts, and scarves (all from Goodwill as well!)

The concept for this project came from the blog Under theSycamore, by Ashley Ann Campbell. She covered an entire bed frame with fabric strips! Check out her full post here

We started the project at the Mansfield store's 50th Anniversary celebration. Shoppers and employees helped to wrap all the spindles using long strips of fabric, about 1” wide. We used hot glue at the top and bottom of each strip to hold it in place.

Next the chair traveled to the Grand Opening of the new Northfield store. There we began covering the seat of the rocking chair by decoupaging square scraps of fabric to the seat.

MAKING PROGRESS! The chair then traveled to the Akron retail store on Waterloo Rd. to celebrate Goodwill week. There I had a sister-crew of helpers that did a fantastic job covering the arms and the head rest.

Thanks to Dee, Manager of the Kent Goodwill, who helped out with the project too!

We’re almost there! Still have a few more spindles to wrap so you can expect to see this chair at the next big Goodwill event!

Once completed, this colorful bohemian-style rocking chair will be up for auction at Goodwill’s annual Taste of Vintage event held at Quaker Square on November 20th


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