06 Sep orange and white upholstery fabric
French Provincial arm chair. I took a lot of images at some points, and less at other
factors during the method, however hopefully this tutorial will inspire you to present it a strive
and never be intimidated to try reupholstering. I’ve by no means tried it before, and when
I scored this chair at an antique/vintage store, I did not love the fabric, though there
was nothing mistaken with it. After giving it some thought I didn’t see why I could not simply go
over the existing fabric with the brand new fabric. So that was my plan, and the one thing I
will inform you is that you have to purchase or rent a pneumatic stapler that will get powered from being
hooked up by a curly stretchy cord to a small compressor. This nailer/stapler will shoot the
staples into the hardest of wooden with barely a squeeze of the set off. The staples are tiny
and i used a 3/8″ size staple for this challenge. A daily stapler will not work.
For fabric, I ordered 7 yards of a toile (notice: this was loads of fabric for each pieces) which I figured was going to be very straightforward to use, pattern clever. Stripes and checks would doubtless be tougher as you have to kind of pay attention to matching the pattern when you set it on the adjoining sections of the chair. This chair could be type of straightforward to do because its parts have been all like little islands that would have their very own items of fabrics stapled onto
the unbiased sections. So right here we go~lets get this thing upholstered!
Right here is the chair, and is proven after I took the seat cushion off of the chair.
That is a photo of the compressor and the nail gun. It plugs into any family outlet. You will notice Colby in so much of these images as he was relentlessly watching and sniffing round as I did the mission.
Once i bought the chair, it had never been finished with the cording or trim that may usually have been attached to hide the staples. This was what really impressed me to think about simply stapling extra fabric on top of the present fabric. See the tiny staples? They are all alongside the border of the fabric. I’ll leave them there and just lay some fabric over it and do the identical thing. However I determined to start on a much less conspicuous area in case it was harder than I predicted. You probably have a chair that you want to do this to that does have the cording or trim masking the staples, then pull it off and take away it using pliers or just pull it off. Then you will be able to begin at the same level that I did on this tutorial.
I minimize a chunk of the toile and laid it over the facet panel of the chair. Then I put in a staple on the center of the highest and backside, and left and proper borders to middle and anchor the fabric. Then I just began firing staples in a row just a few to the left, a couple of to the best, just a few up and some down…
Give your self a number of further inches of fabric all the way round so you will not be brief. This was my first panel that I stapled and one aspect was very near the sting, and it was too near consolation. I cut the rest of the pieces a bit larger after that. Right here you can see the staple gun nose hitting the fabric. I can really feel the wood border of the chair frame and by working my finger over the fabric, I can really feel the place to hearth in a staple.
After placing within the staples, that are side by aspect, you will trim off the surplus fabric as close as you
can to the staples themselves. I started off utilizing scissors to trim, but switched to a straight edge razor
to get a close trim job.
And similar to that, the first panel was completed, and it only took about ten minutes!
See how the fabric is trimmed very shut? Its a bit ragged looking but it will all be lined with a decorative flat braid called gimp, which will be applied with glue.
The fabric is nice and smooth and held in place by a million staples on the edges.
Now that I am feeling confident, I lower a bit of fabric for the middle back. I needed the toile sample to be featured on the again, so I cut it out accordingly. Stable fabrics would be essentially the most simple to do of course. I fired in a staple at the North South East and West factors on the border and then worked out from there.
Here you can see there are extra staples along the sides than there are at the highest and the underside. I did the sides a bit extra, subsequent did the highest border after which completed the bottom border along the chair body.
After all is stapled along the edge of the frame, you trim off the surplus together with your razor or scissors. I laid the chair on its back on top of an ottoman so I could work on it with ease.
I had just a few tools on the table, which I did not need to make use of typically. A needle nose plier helped pull out any staple that did not go in all the way in which, or bounced again leaving a sharp finish exposed. I additionally had a tiny tack hammer to pound in any staples that didn’t go in so far as they need to have.
I did the small space on high of the arm, which was tremendous quick. Then I did the inside panel. See how the fabric is simply laid over the arm? I’m deciding the place to trim it so get the sample where I need it.
Then I started stapling the borders. I recommend putting a staple in at the highest and bottom borders to anchor the pattern, and then again on the left and proper sides if it applies. After that you would be able to rapidly just start stapling the remainder of the border till finished, together with your staples aspect by side.
For this area within the “armpit of the chair” the place the joint meets and you do not see a wooden body, feel in the world together with your fingers to see where the wooden body is hidden in the recess. Then push your fabric into the crevice, but turn an inch or so again on the fabric (look at subsequent picture) and shoot a staple in there. Easy peasy! Something that appears to make sense is probably wise, so I adopted my intestine on reupholstering this chair at any time when anything wasn’t clear as a bell.
Some areas that wouldn’t have gimp trim will want you to give it a finished edge, and you’ll do this by simply folding the edge of the fabric underneath earlier than you staple it in place.
Then proceed stapling…
Then trim off the surplus. See the pink fabric beneath? Its going to be okay, because that will probably be hidden with the decorative gimp trim.
Generally I used scissors, generally the razor, to trim the fabric.
Woohoo! Look how fast this factor was getting accomplished! It really was shifting along rapidly.
I finished all of the little panels and now I needed to deal with how you can upholster the decking space.
The decking is the world that’s hidden underneath the seat cushion, but then there was the part that was upholstered and attached to the frame. I made a three section piece of fabric to suit this area, and I’d say that this was the most troublesome part of the project, as it involved the sewing machine and performing some fitting. I will attempt to elucidate it as greatest I can to you. I know how one can make slipcovers and so the method here makes use of some of that know-how.
Lay the fabric ( I stored mine on the bolt so it wouldn’t wrinkle) throughout the front part of the chair, and in doing so, I knew I might reduce a bit straight across that would match from where the arms be a part of the deck to the entrance of the chair where the fabric gets hooked up to the frame. Every chair shall be completely different and you’ll have to devise your own residence made pattern to easy methods to cowl your decking space.
After reducing a length of fabric, I turned it face down and received my pin cushion and created darts at the suitable and left hand edges/corners of the chair. A dart is simply making a triangle to take up the extra fabric so you may flip the corner with ease.
This can be a dart. I pinned from the corners to the edge of the fabric and it bought wider because it moved away from the corner.
Colby was in the mix all alongside the way in which, so for those who see Mr. Pumpkin Head chewy toy in my photographs, that is why.
This was the appropriate hand dart I made to fit the fabric to the sting of the chair.
Here are both darts pinned. Simply pin up the excess fabric after which repin it if you are feeling it would not appear to fit appropriately. That is something I realized to do in junior highschool sewing class making easy clothes, like A-line skirts. Do not get scared at this part, simply attempt it, and retry it after which verify it by flipping it over and putting again over the front of the chair.
I flipped it proper facet over to see how it will look. I used to be seeing if my darts had taken up sufficient of the fabric to fit snuggly however not too tightly. Remember we will be stapling the entrance space and if the darts aren’t taking over enough fabric you’ll have additional fabric to staple, which you want to attempt to avoid because it could possibly look bunched up. Okay, my fabric fits fairly good, after I did this check, so now I take it off and convey it to my sewing machine and stitch a line right the place I put all my pins on the dart.
This is the stitched up dart.
Now lower off the triangle of fabric that was created whenever you stitched the line. Depart your self about 3/8″ or 1/2″ of fabric so you’ll be able to iron it out flat.
Cut the fabric after which make a small cut to the point in between the seam so you’ll be able to iron it flat.
I stitched each darts, trimmed them and ironed them and then put the piece again on the chair to see if it match nicely. Good sufficient! You may see there may be excess fabric on all sides of this piece. That is nice. All we have been attempting to do was to get this piece fitted over the front area of the chair.
See the way it drapes over the “knees” of the chair? Superb. And see how ragged the highest edge of the fabric is now that the darts were added? I will trim this off in a straight line, and this doesn’t need to be excellent. Just trim it up form of straight.
I left it in place, and trimmed it out straight. The sides are nonetheless just free with plenty of extra fabric hanging off the sides. Ignore these for now. See the white fabric on the present decking space that reveals the manufacturers label? Effectively we are now going to cut a piece of fabric for that area. You should use a bit of lining or different fabric if you need to save lots of your good fabric, but I am just going to use the same toile fabric as I had plenty of it.
I reduce a big enough rectangle and pinned it to the decking entrance piece with darts. Put your fabric right sides collectively after which pin in place. This piece of fabric you are sewing onto the entrance edge fabric has to cover the white space you see, plus have sufficient to tuck into the crevices.
I flipped again the second piece of fabric that’s now pinned in place to the front fabric. I’ll solely sew the one pinned edge (which is the sting we trimmed straight with our scissors).
I stitched it at the machine then ironed the seam flat, then brought it back to the chair and laid it in place. The fabric has loads to get tucked into crevices on the left and right.
In the back I’ll trim it straight throughout to attach the third piece of our 3 piece decking sample. Two down, one to go!! We’re nearly finished with this half!
The last piece of the three piece sample will need to be minimize to come out by way of the chair back and get stapled onto the bottom again facet of the chair frame.
This chair has an area on the bottom space. Assess your chair and then look at where the prevailing upholstery is stapled, or simply folded or stitched. It is type of like a blue print for what you need to do to your individual chair. Not all chairs are going to be the identical, and remember, that is the first time I have achieved this. However fearlessly I plunge ahead, as I can sniff the end line!!
I measure roughly and lower a rectangle of fabric for my third and final piece of the decking area. Above you possibly can see the seam line the place it was stitched and then ironed open in a flat place. You wish to iron all seams because it’ll lay flatter and look more skilled. You too can see the left and the best raw edges of the second piece of our pattern, simply laying on the chair. It is all nonetheless getting fitted, nothing has been stapled yet. We are making the pattern and fitting it before we staple in place.
After the third piece is hooked up, I laid all of it out and match it at the “knees” (the front corners where the legs are, by placing the darts over every knee. Then I took a flat wooden spoon (or spatula) and that i shoved the fabric via the very small opening so it might fall out over the backside of the underside of the chair. That is the area where the third piece of fabric might be protecting the upholstery.
Now the again finish of the decking fabric is seen over the underside area of the chair.
I fold below the raw edge, about an inch or two to organize it to be stapled onto the bottom of the again body. Now transfer to the entrance of the decking and begin stapling there, saving the rear back half for final.
The left and proper sides of the crevices (the inside upholstery cracks where sides meet the seat) elements of the fabric are nonetheless sitting on top of the decking. That is ok. Lets simply begin stapling the front along the body and get the corners stapled across the knees. Then we are going to deal with crevices after that.
Staple from the middle out a few staples in every path. Then transfer to the precise nook and smooth it out and add a staple and do the left facet as nicely. There will be just a little excess fabric on the corners and you’ll make a pleasant little fold, one on each aspect of the knee and staple in place. Watch how to do this part.
As you come around the entrance nook, flip the fabric again on itself to create a finished edge, as there are no staples adding alongside the area the place the bottom of the arm body meets the entrance nook. All it’s important to do is Examine your chair for staples, and add them where you see the outdated upholsterer added them. COPY what you see! I always imagine what the next couple of steps might be, before I add staples, in order that method I don’t have to tug any out to start out over.
The fabric above is simply folded and laying close as it might to the arm body. Now I will add my staples to the bottom of the body, and this folded fabric edge will likely be held in place by tension.
The left corner is all stapled in tightly, and you’ll see there may be just a little tuck of fabric on each side of the nook/knee space, which is where I took up the excess fabric. (Word that there aren’t any staples on the left folded piece of fabric, and the fabric is held in place nicely without them.)
See the little pleats across the knee that is created by folding extra fabric and stapling it in place? You will note this a lot in upholstered items. After stapling the underside, I trimmed off the excess.
Now I am going to fold below the edges of the crevice fabric pieces after which take my flat picket spoon and shove it deep into the crevices! Look how good the chair seems to be already!
At the very back that third piece of the decking pattern has been pushed out and is dangling off the again. You can see the gap between the frame. However the following step is to fold under the edge of every crevice fabric and shove in deeply then anchor with just a few staples.
Look how easily the front of the chair is looking! Don’t be concerned about the raggy threads we are able to clear it up later after we apply the gimp.
Colby was really starting to put his foot down…he wanted me to pay attention to him, proper when I was trying to complete the decking inside edges.
So I didn’t take a pic of it cuz I had to shove the fabric in with the flat spoon and staple it before he might stop me. Just insert the fabric within the crevice as tightly and easily as you possibly can, and try to have the raw edge turned below whenever you shove the nail gun deep into the recess of the crevice.
At this point I had to take a break, because someone wasn’t happy.
He actually wasn’t happy. Enough was sufficient. Haha.
Anyway, the chair is nearly finished. I did the back facet and stapled that
third and last piece of the decking pattern onto the back frame and trimmed it.
For the cushion, I minimize out a slipcover type pattern, as most cushions should not upholstered,
as much as they’ve slipcovers with zippers. I stitched that up at the tip of the day
after which I made a ruffled slipcover for the matching ottoman.
The rationale I made the slipcover was two fold. Primary, the ottoman had a cushion attached to the bottom and I couldn’t determine tips on how to staple it on without taking your complete factor apart, and eradicating the present pink fabric. With a slipcover I could simply fit it over the formed ottoman and if I added a ruffle it would still expose the curvy legs. The second part is that I can launder it if needed, and that is the place Colby usually sits when I’m on this chair. I made small pleats along the sting of the ottoman slipcover to offer it feminine dressmaker particulars.
I will add to this tutorial after i add the gimp, but that will not be for every week or two…
I must say that reupholstering was far more straightforward doing it this manner, and I feel
if you aren’t a total perfectionist, you could be thrilled with the results. By the best way, this took me one full day, however I did it in two, because of my pet Colby.
I love the way it came out, and in case you have a chair in fine condition, then possibly this methodology will work for you too.