Thursday, 9 October 2014

Upholstery // Part 1

Upholstery has always been something that interests me but I wouldn't have a clue where to begin and at the moment I just don't have the time (or spare pennies) to go on a course to learn. My Gran, however, has done a course and dabbles with the odd upholstery project, so I thought it would be rude to not get involved and offer a helping (or hindering) hand!

Unfortunately, I don't have a photograph of the chair before we started as I kind of just began by offering to help out and didn't think it could be a potential blog post. But we began by stripping the chair completely back to the frame (leaving the foam padding on there too). We had to remove the staples carefully though as we intended to use each piece of the old material to create a pattern for the new material. This was the most tiring part and after a while became a little tedious - it definitely helped having two people do this!

Next, I made alot of piping! My Gran wanted us to make it ourselves so it matched the chair perfectly. We followed some instructions we found on Make it & Love it (click here to read) using the same fabric we were using to cover the chair. Making piping is super easy - I will definitely be using this for future projects! Then came the difficult part. We unpicked the different sections of the old material to get the correct measurements for the new material. This took a little while and I double checked everything to be sure that we wouldn't get it wrong! So far we have completed the bottom section and one of the wings.

This is such a massive project and we are yet to find the time to finish it - turns out Grandparents have very busy lives too - but when we have completed some more I will be sure to update you all with post number two (and maybe even number three)!! Have you ever done any upholstery?


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