I would love to just be able to buy laminate fabric. Make that designer laminate fabric. I can't even begin to pick my favorite.
Unfortunately for me, it about $15-$20 a yard.
This past weekend I wanted to re-cover the two chair seats in our kitchen. Anyone with kids will understand that plain cotton fabric will be quickly destroyed by a three-year-old at meal time, and the white pleather underneath that was busting open.
I happen to have a fabric stash, including some Amy Butler fabric, just waiting for the right occasion. I also happen to have clear contact paper around to cover school materials. I would laminate my own fabric!
It is soooooo easy. I wouldn't recommend using your homemade laminate fabric for anything that would be going through a washing machine or require a lot of sewing, but it was perfect for this project.
I measured and cut the cotton fabric for the chairs. Then I cut the contact paper to cover the fabric. The contact paper didn't quite reach the edges of the cotton but that was okay since I made sure that it DID cover the entire area of the chair seat.
I ironed the cotton fabric first, making sure to remove any dust or strings off the surface at the same time. Then I carefully peeled the paper off the back of the sticky contact paper a little bit at a time, while attaching the sticky side onto the fabric. (If you're like me, do NOT take all the backing paper off and then try to stick it, or you'll probably end up with a big sticky ball of contact paper and have to start over!) Don't discard the backing paper yet, because you'll need it soon.
Smooth the contact paper onto the fabric with your hands, moving from the middle towards the edges to prevent wrinkles.
Turn your iron on to its lowest setting. Cover the contact paper and fabric with the left-over backing paper with the matte side facing up at you. QUICKLY run the iron over the backing paper to "activate" the adhesive from the contact paper onto the fabric. Don't linger too long in any one spot.
NOW you can discard the backing paper and you have your own little piece of laminate fabric! I love how the chair turned out, and sweet little Ezra was so pleased.
"You made me a new chair, mama? Just for me?" Yes, buddy, I did.