It's a child-sized rocking chair. It was my dad's, when he was a kid. The seat cover is crocheted, we don't quite remember which relative made it (either my Gram, or my great-grandmother), we only know that it was very dingy from years spent languishing in a Michigan basement.
See what I mean?
As much as I love crochet items, I thought it was time to bring this little rocking chair into the 21st century.
This was one of the easiest projects I've done. All it took was a bit of patience, some batting, some fabric, and a staple gun. And the patience was truly optional, it took about 20 minutes altogether. But sometimes you get interrupted by a toddler.
(Bad lighting, had to use the flash, but...you see? Sometimes you just have to stop.)
So, first step was pulling all the old staples:
Someone has done this before.
And then pulling off the old padding:
And then I forgot to take a picture, but I replaced the padding with a double-layer of quilt batting, and a piece of plain muslin on top. And stapled everything to the underside of the seat.
No one sees the underside, anyway.
Notice how that munchkin has a different shirt on? That's one of those interruptions I mentioned.
And now for the top layer:
And, as I said, no one sees the bottom.
Yes, that is Dr. Who fabric. I found it on Spoonflower.
And that's it. Less than 20 minutes of hands-on time, under an hour with toddler interruptions. Pretty awesome! Added a bit of furniture polish, and you'd never know this chair is older than the television show that inspired the fabric.