How To: Repair Ripped Out Slipcover Seams

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

How To: Repair Ripped Out Slipcover Seams

Slipcovers can be a lifesaver - until you see what happens at the dry cleaners. Unfortunately, not all slipcovers have neat, finished, serged seams inside. If the seams have been stitched with a very skimpy seam allowance, a tumble at the dry cleaners will likely leave you frowning when you get them back.  Here is a quick little pic-torial to show you how to fix those torn seams yourself and save $$$.

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DIY ModUpholstery: Mock Tufting

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

created on: 09/06/08
 

 The problem at hand was those annoying, yet luxurious, down-filled back cushions.  Everytime anyone would get up from the loveseat, the back cushions were smashed down, seams all askew.  My compulsive self had to walk over, re-fluff, straighten and then I could move on.

Don't the best solutions just come to you in the simplest of ideas??

My first thought was to make some covered buttons and pull those through the cushions to give a modern...

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Mid Century Modern Makeover: Upholstered Seats

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

created on: 07/04/08

Finally, the last step of this project - the seats.  The snaps and the backs were more entailed, these  are standard, boxed, no cord, with top stitching. 

Take apart the seat tops and boxing, lay it out on your new fabric and cut out the pieces. 

1.  Check out the condition of the foam.  If it has become compressed, try using a steamer to refresh the old foam.  This foam bounced right back.

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2.  Mark the center points on front and back of...

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Mid Century Modern Makeover: The Back Cushions

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

created on: 07/03/08

Making the back cushions was the only complicated part of this project.  Once I figured out the length of the tabs and how to set the snaps, it was a breeze.

1. The first thing I did was take apart the old back cushion and trace it on the new fabric.

created on: 07/03/08

created on: 07/03/08

2.  Make the snap tabs using the old pattern.

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3.  Cut bias strip 1 3/4" wide for welt cord.  See my welt cord tutorial.

created on: 07/03/08

created on: 07/03/08

4. Starting at the center of the bottom I stitched the cording...

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Mid Century Modern Makeover: The Back Cushions

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

created on: 07/03/08

Making the back cushions was the only complicated part of this project.  Once I figured out the length of the tabs and how to set the snaps, it was a breeze.

1. The first thing I did was take apart the old back cushion and trace it on the new fabric.

created on: 07/03/08

created on: 07/03/08

2.  Make the snap tabs using the old pattern.

created on: 07/03/08

3.  Cut bias strip 1 3/4" wide for welt cord.  See my welt cord tutorial.

created on: 07/03/08

created on: 07/03/08

4. Starting at the center of the bottom I stitched the cording...

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Step-by-Step Upholstered Cushion for Everywhere in Your Home

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

created on: 04/02/08

Kitchen chairs, bar stools, porch furniture, patio furniture, window seats, sofas, chairs, floor pillows, dog beds, doll beds, cat beds, and that's all I can think of, this tutorial will show you step-by-step how to make your own boxed and corded cushions.

You can ditch the cord for a more modern look. 

Have at it this Spring with the beautiful large graphic print fabrics available for the interior and the new outdoor fabrics--to die for!

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Simple Steps to Make Welt Cord/Piping

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

created on: 04/02/08

Almost all pillows, cushions and upholstery is finished with fabric covered welt cord/piping.  Here is a simple tutorial for you to see how easy it is to make. 

what you need:

cord to cover

strips of fabric, cut on the bias, sewn together

sewing machine

what you do:

1. cut fabric on the bias (diagonally) into strips

I use 5/32" cording so I cut 1 3/4" strips of fabric.  I couldn't cut these strips on the bias because I didn't have enough...

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Simple Steps to Make Welt Cord/Piping

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

created on: 04/02/08

Almost all pillows, cushions and upholstery is finished with fabric covered welt cord/piping.  Here is a simple tutorial for you to see how easy it is to make. 

what you need:

cord to cover

strips of fabric, cut on the bias, sewn together

sewing machine

what you do:

1. cut fabric on the bias (diagonally) into strips

I use 5/32" cording so I cut 1 3/4" strips of fabric.  I couldn't cut these strips on the bias because I didn't have enough...

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Simple Steps to Make Welt Cord/Piping

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

created on: 04/02/08

Almost all pillows, cushions and upholstery is finished with fabric covered welt cord/piping.  Here is a simple tutorial for you to see how easy it is to make. 

what you need:

cord to cover

strips of fabric, cut on the bias, sewn together

sewing machine

what you do:

1. cut fabric on the bias (diagonally) into strips

I use 5/32" cording so I cut 1 3/4" strips of fabric.  I couldn't cut these strips on the bias because I didn't have enough...

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