If you have a chair or sofa that you can’t bear to part with, you may notice that it begins to show signs of wear and tear over the years. But not to worry. You don’t necessarily have to take it to the tip and entirely replace it! Instead, if it is in good nick inside, you may be able to simply upholster it. This means you keep its basic structure but replace the fabric on the outside. Here are a few tips for those amongst us who want to give it a try!
Learning Essential Techniques
The first thing that you need to do before actually tackling your beloved seat is to learn some essential techniques which will arm you to make a good job of the venture. Besides basic sewing skills, some that we would recommend picking up would be piping, zipper installation, webbing, and re-tying springs.
Once you’ve got to grips with the necessary techniques required to upholster, you will need to decide which fabrics you want to use to makeover your item. After all, it’s highly likely that you’ll be investing in large quantities of this fabric to create your upholstery and you don’t want to commit to this only to change your mind later. To make things simpler, you can learn how to choose the perfect upholstery fabric here.
Now, you may not feel confident jumping straight into the deep end and making upholstery for entire sofas or chairs straight away. The key to building your confidence is practice. So start out with smaller and simpler tasks such as crafting cushion covers. Sure, they may not form the main part of a chair or sofa, but they tend to be an accessory that most of us invest in. They are also extremely flexible skill-wise, meaning that beginners and experienced individuals alike can have a great time making them. You can start out simple with your designs and then continue to experiment and make more complex shapes or work with more complex materials as your skills expand. A question that we are often asked when it comes to creating cushion covers pertains to the latest trend of sequin cushion covers. So let’s focus on these for now! Now, when creating a cushion cover with sequin fabric, you will follow the same pattern and techniques that you’d use when creating any other type of cushion cover with just one change to your routine. While the majority will recognize that machine sewing with sequins could be problematic and result in broken needles, many will assume that you simply need to invest in a heavy-duty needle to puncture the sturdy sequins. This is a mistake. Instead, simply remove the sequins from the path of the needle with a quick unpicker. Then sew along the empty line with a ballpoint needle (this should work for pretty much any fabric that sequins are likely to be attached to).
So, instead of throwing your worn furniture away, why not give it a new lease of life by following the above advice? It’s good for you, your wallet and the environment!