CPVC PLANS: Pool Party Collection: Lifeguard Chair (PDF)

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Add a touch of realism to your pool party fun with a doll-sized lifeguard chair, complete with rescue accessories!

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Add a touch of realism to your pool party fun with a doll-sized lifeguard chair, complete with rescue accessories!

This intermediate-level PDF pattern download includes step-by-step photo instructions for building a lifeguard chair frame from CPVC pipe, as well as pattern pieces and instructions for sewing a simple fabric seat and back attached to the frame with hook-and-loop tape. A print-ready image is included for use with opaque iron-on transfer paper to add the “LIFEGUARD” motif to the chair front and back.

Minimal basic sewing is needed for this project, making it suitable for beginning sewists; however, construction of the chair frame is a bit more complex and requires the ability to read and follow detailed assembly instructions.

Also included is a bonus tutorial with easy instructions for making a lifeguard throw ring and rescue hook. The lifeguard chair is designed with hooks to hold both accessories so they’ll be ready at a moment’s notice should your 18-inch swimmers find themselves in need of rescue!

This pattern is part of the Pool Party Collection by AptOne8. Look for our compatible patterns, including an oval swimming pool and a chaise lounge chair, as well as our FREE Beach Towels pattern!
Need help finding PVC project supplies?  Check out our PVC Parts & Supplies page for links to our favorite sources!


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– Two 10-foot almond color CPVC CTS pipes – 1/2 inch (cut pieces total approximately 12 feet, not accounting for waste)
– CPVC 1/2-inch fittings (slip): 33 tees, 7 elbows (90°), 5 end caps
– Optional: sandpaper (medium and fine grit), spray paint for plastic, contact cement

– 1/3 yard fabric (cotton duck, canvas, denim – Wrong side will be visible on chair back. White fabric is recommended for use with the iron-on transfer image.)
– 10 inches of 3/4-inch wide hook-and-loop tape (or 20 inches of 3/8-inch wide hook-and-loop tape)
– Opaque heat transfer paper for inkjet printers (optional)
– Thread

– Small handheld PVC pipe cutter, hacksaw or miter saw
– Measuring tape or yardstick
– Sewing machine
– Seam gauge
– Inkjet printer

– 14 inches of cording or lightweight rope
– One small (3- to 5-inch diameter) polystyrene (ie. styrofoam) ring (sometimes called a “wreath”)
– Red 1/2-inch wide electrical tape
– Tools needed: Scissors

– Wire clothes hanger
– 18 inches of 1/4×3/8-inch H/C Pex tubing (Sold in 5-foot
lengths in the plumbing department; not flexible tubing sold by the foot)
– Two colors of 1/2-inch wide electrical tape
– Tools needed: Wire cutters, scissors

• Basic measurement
• PVC cutting using a handheld PVC pipe cutter or hand saw
• Beginner-level machine sewing
• Ability to read and follow assembly instructions

Approximately 6 3/4 inches wide by 8 inches deep by 22 1/4 inches tall

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